As part of the ongoing 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda celebrations, Nintendo has put some of the original design documents for the first Zelda online. The documents feature a series of drawings used for planning out some of the dungeon rooms and overworld screens, and a couple that compare the sketches with the final in-game rooms. There’s also a short YouTube video showing off the overworld map sketch. Drawings by Takashi Tezuka and Zelda’s creator Shigeru Miyamoto himself are included.




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I wonder if the folks who worked on these drawings more than 30 years ago had any idea that they were truly creating a video game legend? For more insight into the origin and development of the first Zelda on the NES, check out our history article about 1986.

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  • Lucas Miller

    That is cool. Interesting to revisit the old ways of game production, Where the artists have to work around the limits of the hardware.

  • Eric Diaz

    No. I highly doubt they did. That would be pretty arrogant of them, especially at the time. You can never assume something new your making will have such a huge impact. So it’s silly to even wonder if they had any idea. Cool to see this stuff though.

  • my booths

    This makes me want to take out some graph paper and create my own world 🙂