It’s kind of amazing to think that on this day in 1987, North American players were sliding their golden cartridges into the Nintendo Entertainment System for the first time and taking their first journey with Link in the very first Legend of Zelda.
The Legend of Zelda
Link’s Awakening was a trendsetter. That much is certain, but the game also stands the test of time as another great and magical entry in the long beloved series, and today we celebrate its initial release.
Three decades ago, Nintendo released a timeless, action-adventure classic that would redefine the video game experience. Link, Ganon, and Princess Zelda have all hit the big 3-0, and to celebrate, we're going to take a look back at this revolutionary game. First and foremost, we're referring to the game's original release on the Nintendo Famicom, the Japanese system that would be converted into the Nintendo Entertainment System when it went stateside.
You don't need that tin can do you? How about this crutch? You're not even injured! And come on, what's up with all these cheese wheels? Surely you're not going to eat all of those. There are a ton of games out there that are all about the loot, but "loot" can be a flexible term. There are quite a few games that have players digging through container after container and finding simple cloth or destroyed books with the occasional items that are actually valuable or purposeful. Nonetheless, when videogames have taught us to think that we just might need everything we come across, it's hard to resist temptation to just grab everything we see in every box.
I've identified with a lot of Dinosaur Comics strips, but I don't think any of them have ever spoken to me quite as much as the one where T-Rex talks about how Nintendo is the only corporation that he thinks of as a friend. As I've said before here at CA, I've spent more time with Mario than I have with most members of my own immediate family, and that's not a decision I regret. And if you have similar feelings and also love comics by amazingly talented young creators --- which I assume is why you're here in the first place --- then I've got something that you're probably going to want to check out. Zinetendo, a new full-color, 46-page zine devoted entirely to Nintendo's greatest hits, is available for pre-order now, and it's awesome. Check out some of my favorite pieces below!
Joseph Zawada deserves a piece of the Triforce for his massive, Lego depiction of Hyrule Castle from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
Princess Zelda and Link take on Ganondorf as the Triforce is relocated to the Old West in Hang Em Hyrule.
Two of our favorite fantasy franchises, Game of Thrones and The Legend of Zelda, collide in this Link to the Past-inspired mashup, 'Game of Hyrule.'
Just in time for everyone to start drinking in response to Nintendo's delay of The Legend of Zelda Wii U, watch this guy play its theme song on wine glasses.
Bad news from the land of Hyrule as Nintendo has announced The Legend of Zelda on Wii U is delayed until 2016. Also, don't expect it to show up at E3 this year.