Thanks to the newly released The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia published by Dark Horse Comics, we now know that the entirety of the original Legend of Zelda takes place on Death Mountain. Brought to light by Tristan Cooper on Twitter, the images from the encyclopedia draws comparisons from the original game’s map to A Link Between Worlds’ map.
As you can see from the image, both maps include a graveyard, water sources, and a river that correspond to one another. This would suggest that Hyrule Castle and Kakariko Village are just out of sight to the southwest in The Legend of Zelda. The following text explains the similarities between the two.
While the maps aren’t identical to one another, the attention to detail within the creation of A Link Between Worlds is simply amazing. The idea that Hyrule is constantly growing and changing is an ongoing theme in the franchise and I can’t wait for future entries to reference older titles. If you’re interested in picking up our own copy of the encyclopedia, you can grab it off Amazon.