“The Legend of Zelda” is 30 Years Old This Year

Not to make you feel old, but The Legend of Zelda was released 30 years ago this year. If you can’t think of any vertical arcade games you love more, you aren’t alone. The title is arguably one of the most well-known Nintendo game of all time, and it’s definitely one of their most long-lasting and profitable franchises ever released, created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka.

Nintendo’s Gold Mine of a Franchise

The Legend of Zelda is centered around the main character Link, who must rescue princess Zelda on a problem-solving action adventure quest. Zelda was named after the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the American author. The theme song alone is extremely well-known, a result of the artistic musical talent of Koji Kondo, the series main composer.

Nintendo has released 17 titles in all, not including various spin-offs, and the franchise has sold over 75 million copies to date. The Legend of Zelda’s primary legacy, besides being one of the best-selling video games of all time, is its influence on the industry in terms of transitioning from two-dimensional to three-dimensional games.

The Latest Unusual Zelda Story: Blind Man Beats Ocarina of Time

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was released in 1998 and is one of the more widely played and frequently sold titles in the series. On January 2nd, 2016, a blind man named Terry Garrett beat the game after trying for five years.

He began his quest in 2011 and primarily used the game’s music and sounds to guide him to his final victory. Garrett lost his sight at 10 years old but learned to play and defeat video games using sound only. Since it takes many seeing people well over five years to fully conquer this title, a complex installment in the Zelda franchise, Garrett’s feat is truly incredible.

Maybe it’s time for you to plug in your old Nintendo gaming system and revisit The Legend of Zelda this year, in celebration of its 30th year delighting gamers and winning over fans all over the world.