30 Years in 30 Days – 2016
by on February 21, 2016

Today marks 30 years since the very first Legend of Zelda game was released. What’s most exciting is that we’re not just remembering some old game that came out in the ’80s but one that birthed a series with a rich history that’s still going strong today. Today we celebrate the entire Legend of Zelda franchise. The numerous hours enjoyed while playing the games. The friends we’ve bonded with over a shared love of Zelda. The controllers we’ve broken while stuck on a frustrating puzzle. The many words typed up while theorizing and debating about the timeline or story. And for many of us, the impact that it’s had upon our greater lives.

The video game industry itself has arguably been bettered from Zelda’s existence. Many of the early Zelda titles were considered influential to game development, if not groundbreaking, beginning with the original Legend of Zelda, the first home console game that allowed progress to be saved. Prior to that, games either had to be completed in a single sitting or used passwords at specific stages so that players could return to that stage in future sessions. Ocarina of Time led the movement of games transitioning from 2D to 3D and introduced a revolutionary targeting system that was replicated time and time again. Zelda games frequently appear, often in multiple spots, in those “Top Ten Games of All-Time”-type of lists, and Ocarina of Time was even awarded a Guinness World Record for being the most critically acclaimed game of all time.


It’s early in 2016 and we don’t know the full extent of what Nintendo has planned for Zelda’s 30th anniversary. Will it be like the 25th?

Here at Zelda Universe we’ve just spent the past 30 days reflecting on each year in the franchise’s history. It’s now time to think about the future. We’re still early into 2016 and while we don’t know the full extent of what Nintendo has planned to mark this important milestone, it’s already clear that this is going to be a good year for Zelda fans. The long-awaited Zelda game for the Wii U will be released later this year, the first major console Zelda title since 2011’s Skyward Sword. And in just a couple of weeks a HD remake of Twilight Princess will come out on the Wii U. Later in March we’ll also see Hyrule Warriors Legends on the 3DS.

We’ll also be doing more at Zelda Universe to celebrate the anniversary so make sure you keep checking back regularly.

I think that on behalf of Zelda fans all around the world I can say a massive thank you to Nintendo for giving us this series that we love so much. Thank you for your hard work and we hope that we will be seeing new Zelda games for at least 30 more years!

thank you to Nintendo for making the Zelda series.

We’d also love to hear from you. Use the comments section below to share your Zelda story. How has it impacted upon your life? What are some of your favorite moments from its history? And where do you want to see the franchise go in the future?

Shona Johnson
Shona is one of Zelda Universe's webmasters and has been running Zelda fan sites since 2001. She's an aspiring fantasy author, an avid reader and gamer, and loves bringing her favorite characters to life through cosplay.