Ahh, 1987. What a year. A lot of interesting things happened. The Simpsons aired for the first time. A plane landed in Red Square. United States President, Ronald Reagan, visited the Berlin Wall and demanded that Gorbachev “tear down this wall”. However, in the world of gaming, 1987 is an important time for another reason. Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda for the NES.
Okay, so I’m kind of cheating, but not really… read on. You see, The Legend of Zelda already existed before August 22, 1987. It was first released in February 1986, on the Famicom Disk System. However, a cartridge version was released for the NES the following year.
The Legend of Zelda is a fantasy action game that delighted people who enjoyed puzzle-solving games. It was created by Japanese game designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka. As of 2017, more than 80 million copies of this game have been sold.
Other than excellent gameplay and huge popularity, The Legend of Zelda stands out for another reason. This became a game changer for franchising games. In 1989, Zelda became the basis for an American cartoon series by the same name. The game has received many new episodes, with new releases still on the cards. A number of spin-off games came as a result.
Interesting facts from The Legend of Zelda
Here are some things that you may not have known about this game.
- Zelda was named after the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald. According to Shigeru Miyamoto, she was a “famous and beautiful woman from all accounts, and I liked the sound of her name. So I took the liberty of using her name for the very first Zelda title.”
- Link is left-handed… but when the Wii version came out, he somehow became ambidextrous.
- If you look at the floorplans of the levels in the game, they spell out ZELDA.
- The theme music for The Legend of Zelda was written in just one day. According to Factinate, the initial plan was to use Maurice Ravel’s Boléro. However, due to copyright, they couldn’t. Koji Kondo came up with a swift replacement.
- Robin Williams’ daughter is called Zelda because of the game.
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