The Legend of Zelda was created by the same video game developer as Super Mario Bros and Donkey Kong… need we say more? Since its debut in 1986, The Legend of Zelda has proved immensely popular, and Hyrule has proved a huge tourist attraction in the gaming world. But sometimes, you just want to know more. Check out these things you didn’t know about The Legend of Zelda…
The game was inspired by Miyamoto’s childhood
The Legend of Zelda’s game developer is famous for taking inspiration from his own life and inputting them into his games – and Zelda is no exception. The ideas for this game stemmed from Miyamoto’s childhood experiences wandering around the countryside. Miyamoto even stumbled across a cave system, which he (very bravely, may we add) decided to investigate with just a lantern on his person – this is why Link always carries a lantern. Oooh.
The game concept
Because of Miyamoto’s childhood experiences, he wanted to base the game on exploration and completion, rather than achieving a high score. He even said that he wanted to allow gamers to have ‘a miniature garden that they can put inside their drawer.’ Aww, thanks, Miyamoto.
Have you ever thought – why ‘Zelda?’ Well, it turns out that this name wasn’t just something that Miyamoto randomly plucked from thin air, but actually had meaning to it. Zelda was named after Zelda Fitzgerald, the author. and wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Apparently, Miyamoto loved her work and thought the name to be very ‘pleasant.’
Robin Williams liked the name too
The beloved late actor and comedian, Robin Williams was a huge Legend of Zelda fan… so much so that he named his daughter after the game! Zelda Williams was born in 1989 and named after Princess Zelda. How cool is that? Williams was such a huge fan that after his death, thousands of fans petitioned for him to be memorialized in the Nintendo game. Watch this space…
The original prototype
Die-hard Legend of Zelda fans will do anything to come away with authentic and original Zelda products. In 2012, the prototype Legend of Zelda copy was sold to an eager buyer for $55,000 on Ebay. Well, if you have the money…
When the game was first released, the Japanese version of the game had a different name. This is because the Japanese production company though that the name was deceiving – because, after all, Zelda is not the main character. So, the game was originally called The Hyrule Fantasy. Although this made more sense, it was deemed very generic so is now known as The Legend of Zelda worldwide.