In celebration of 25 years of The Legend of Zelda, our friends over at Zelda Dungeon have released an article on the history of the game series pacing. From changing controls, to better story lines and an overall movement in technology; all of these have had ginormous impacts on The Legend of Zelda over the years.
”The Zelda series has undergone numerous changes throughout its history. As it has advanced, it’s naturally undergone a “streamlining” process, making it more accessible to new players. While this in itself is not bad, it has led to some trends that, when misused, have had detrimental results. The series started out with perfect pacing. In the original Legend of Zelda, the speed of the game was largely determined by the player. It wouldn’t stop for cutscenes, so gameplay was a constant; furthermore, advancement was limited by factors wholly within the player’s control.
As the series moved forward, it naturally became more linear and more story-driven. This was a consequence of technology and a tighter focus on narrative, and there was absolutely nothing wrong with it.”
Due to its popularity, The Legend of Zelda is one of the most diverse games Nintendo produces, as there is a different game for every Nintendo system. As stated above, the game changes with the times. Back in the day when the first game was released, story line was only a small part; Nintendo focused more on the actual game play. But today, a strong story line creates a more intimate and intense gaming experience for players and that is what keeps fans coming back and catches the eye of others.
I actually prefer the complex story lines, I feel like it opens a whole other side of gaming. I remember I used to run around with my sister and we would pretend we were Link and Zelda, fighting evil. I’m a N64 girl; Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask were my favorite games to play and I loved all the side stories in Majora’s Mask which created more to do in the game. I hope you enjoyed the article – you can read the whole thing over at Zelda Dungeon. Tell us what you thought in the comments below, we love hearing from you guys! Thanks for reading!