Our trusty Japanese translator–GlitterBerri–has recently posted new information from the Hyrule Historia book about how the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto and his team created the Legend of Zelda series. We’ve heard that “Zelda” comes from the name of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife, but we now have even more details about the how and why.

Miyamoto states that he was always going to call the series “The Legend of X,” but he didn’t seem to have a perfect idea what word the “X” could be. Their planner and public relations person suggested they do a storybook of the game, including that the princess should be a beauty appealing to all men. The planner also mentioned to Miyamoto that American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife–Zelda–was renown for her eternal beauty.

Upon considering the storybook and the name of the princess, Miyamoto says:

“I had no interest in such a book project, but I loved the name Zelda, so I asked him if we could only keep the name and he said it was OK. And so, the title of ‘The Legend of Zelda’ was born.”

Also revealed was the reason for the hero’s name. Miyamoto says “Link” was picked to give a description of someone who connects. Impa, Zelda’s guardian, had her name chosen from the verb which means “to impart.” Impa, Zelda, and Link were the three “original guardians of the Triforce,” whereas because of the events of Ocarina of Time, Ganon replaced Impa. The first Ganon was not a guardian but was looking for the Triforce, according to Miyamoto.

Mr. Miyamoto says he is very impressed with how Link has gone from mere pixels to a fully displayed realistic figure with “fearless and heroic” looks. He’s enjoying the way the series is going and is looking forward to what the future titles have in store.

Miyamoto finishes his statement saying as long as fans continue to enjoy the series and the world it brings to them, then he will continue to develop more Zelda titles for the latest Nintendo hardware.

What do you think of these new bits of interesting information Miyamoto has revealed? Let us know in the comments.

Source: GlitterBerri

  • Simple: "X" marks the spot, so we had to be Link, a treasure hunter, and follow the map, encountering all sorts of dangers, traversing over the most dangerous terrain, and coming upon the most infamous X.

    Or, we could simply save the world and rescue a beautiful princess. What to pick?

  • LinkofAges

    Yeah, but Miyamoto isn't really the one making the Zelda games anymore. Aonuma is. Also, Miyamoto had some bad ideas for OOT that thankfully were trashed. Also, why is Koji Kondo not making that much music for Zelda anymore.

    Sorry, but I feel these questions need to be asked. How else is Zelda supposed to enter the mainstream public consciousness.

    • LinkofAges

      Sorry, forgot to use question marks.

  • Link and Cuccos

    Before, I think Miyamoto was reported saying that he doesn't know what to do after the Zelda Wii U because he's running out of ideas for the series (and then that tied in with him retiring).

    I was sad that maybe the Zelda Wii U would be the last title.

    But then, Miyamoto confirmed he isn't retiring, and the article says, "Miyamoto finishes his statement saying as long as fans continue to enjoy the series and the world it brings to them, then he will continue to develop more Zelda titles for the latest Nintendo hardware."

    Man, I'm so happy to hear that! XD I'll always play Zelda games!!!

  • occultfan

    We are so lucky that we have a visionary like this behind our favorite game series. We are so lucky that we have The Legend of Zelda. It is a fantastic game, and personally, I feel that its importance to our world has yet to be fully-realized. Power. Wisdom. Courage.

  • ABAZELDAFAN

    BLESS MIYAMOTO FOR CREATION SUCH A WONDERFUL GAME
    IM IN LOVE WITH THE ZELDA SERIES!!!!!

    • EmuFan

      That's very nice, but you don't have to shout.

  • Callin

    "Miyamoto says “Link” was picked to give a description of someone who connects."

    I'm positive I read this somewhere before….years ago…

  • Hyrule's Shadow

    "Links" in german means left, that's why I thought they name him Link but Mr. Miyamoto wanted a connection with the player and the game so he named him Link. One last thing, I always thought it was Scott Fitzergald who took the name Zelda from the series, not the other way around.

    • NameThatNobodyTakes

      Yep, F. Scott Fitzgerald traveled to the future to see "The Legend of Zelda" and went back to his time so he could tell his wife that she should change her first name to Zelda.