The Legend of Zelda

Today, 28 years ago, something huge happened: The Legend of Zelda released in Japan on the Famicom. And with the launch of this game, a franchise followed. A franchise that, as this community knows better than anyone, is monumental in its importance to the video game medium and has delivered experiences to players like no other. The original game defined the adventure genre, laying the foundations of exploration, narrative and action-oriented gameplay mechanics. It still serves as inspiration to many game developers to this day, and memories and memes continue to be lovingly shared across the internet.

Had it not been for this game, I wouldn’t be here right now on Zelda Universe writing this post. I have this game to thank for allowing me to have this job, and meeting many new friends with a passion for the series. Zelda Williams, celebrity super-fan of the series and daughter of the brilliant Robin Williams, also decided to give a warm Happy Birthday on Twitter which you can read after the jump.

 

If you have any fond memories of playing The Legend of Zelda, we’d love to hear from you!

Source: Twitter
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  • Richard

    happy birthday.. without you my childhoos would be incomplete 😀

  • The Doctor

    In celebration of this day, I created this computer program:

    //local variables
    String row1 = " _ ";
    String row2 = " .|=|. ";
    String row3 = " ===/ ";
    String row4 = " |>X<| ";
    String row5 = " .-----. ";
    String row6 = " /_:-----:_/ ";
    String row7 = " ./ ._. .-./ ._. . ";
    String row8 = " ./ ./ -. v .- . . ";
    String row9 = " /___/ / ___ ";
    String row10 = " || || ";
    String row11 = " / . . ";
    String row12 = " ||.V V.|| ";
    String row13 = " \ V // ";
    String row14 = " || || ";
    String row15 = " \ // ";
    String row16 = " V/ ";
    String row17 = " The Doctor ";

    //print ASCII art
    System.out.println(row1 + " T");
    System.out.println(row2 + " h");
    System.out.println(row3 + " e");
    System.out.println(row4);
    System.out.println(row4 + " M");
    System.out.println(row4 + " a");
    System.out.println(row4 + " s");
    System.out.println(row4 + " t");
    System.out.println(row4 + " e");
    System.out.println(row4 + " r");
    System.out.println(row4);
    System.out.println(row4 + " S");
    System.out.println(row4 + " w");
    System.out.println(row5 + " o");
    System.out.println(row6 + " r");
    System.out.println(row7 + " d");
    System.out.println(row8);
    System.out.println(row9);
    System.out.println(row10);
    System.out.println(row10);
    System.out.println(row11);
    System.out.println(row12);
    System.out.println(row13);
    for(int i = 0; i < 32; i++)
    {
    System.out.println(row14);
    }
    System.out.println(row15);
    System.out.println(row16);
    System.out.println(row17);
    }
    }

    • Sasori

      Pretty cool ^-^
      If it wasn’t for that loop, it would still be a Master-Dagger 😉

  • Morgan

    same year as I was born. I love it. It literally was my childhood. I never owned an NES, but would play LoZ over at friends’ houses all the time. Then I got an SNES when it came out for xmas. One year later, I got ALttP for xmas from my Uncle. It changed my life forever. And finally, years later, I did in fact beat LoZ, which I consider one of my greatest gaming feats ever. Because that game is HARD! But still amazing at the same time. 🙂

  • Amanda

    Nintendo found out that I was born on the 7th, and said “We need a game to match Amanda’s awesome!” So 2 weeks later they gave us Zelda. True story.

  • Elliot Chapman

    This is my favourite game series of all time, and is a big part of my childhood, happy birthday legend of zelda

  • Ponkool4

    Happy birthday, Legend of Zelda! Your games have provided countless hours of fun and merriment.