Another Nintendo classic has been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame: The Legend of Zelda. Originally released for the Famicom Disk System (the Japanese NES attachment that used disks instead of cartridges) in 1986, the original Zelda would debut in 1987 on a shiny gold cartridge. It was the first of its kind to sport a brand new battery back-up technology that allowed gamers to save their progress instead of having to write down long and complicated passwords.
It quickly became THE adventure game to own for the NES with its vast Overworld and intricate dungeon designs. Schoolyards across America were buzzing with tips and tricks on how to discover all of the secrets packed into the cart. Soon gamers were trying to burn every bush, bomb every wall, and scour every screen for clues on what to do next. Zelda became quite the phenomenon and sparked thousands of questions into Nintendo’s headquarters from kids and adults.
This led, in part, to the release of The Official Nintendo Player’s guide – a giant glossy black book filled with maps, tips, and tricks not only for Zelda, but also for other popular games of the day, like The Goonies II, Kid Icarus, and Metroid. A year later, Nintendo Power would be born to satiate the lust for new information about Zelda and the ever-growing number of Game Paks that would release.
Last year, Super Mario Bros. was one of the first six games inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. This marks the second Nintendo-developed NES game to receive the honor. This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda series, and although the Wii U and NX version will not make it out this year, Nintendo’s E3 showing will be all about the new Zelda game.
You can take part in the celebration at home by playing your favorite Zelda games throughout the year. Which ones do you cherish? I have great memories of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, The Minish Cap, Windwaker, and Twilight Princess. I did thoroughly enjoy Skyward Sword as well, but it wasn’t an instant classic for me. Perhaps in another five years I’ll need to give it another go. I’m beyond excited to see more of the new Zelda game next month at E3. Read on for Nintendo’s official press release about the inauguration:
Last year, Super Mario Bros. was part of an elite inaugural group of six games inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame in The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. This year, recognition for Nintendo games continues, as the original The Legend of Zelda game for NES was just added to the class of 2016.
In a ceremony held at The Strong on May 5, six games were announced as this year’s honored inductees. Selected by a committee of journalists, scholars and video game industry members, inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame are recognized for their iconic status, longevity, geographical reach and influence.
Launching in 1986 at the start of the NES’s legendary lifespan, The Legend of Zeldabroke new ground by popularizing non-linear gameplay found in many action-adventure games today. The intricately designed series has spawned numerous games in the franchise and introduced the world to classic characters like Link, Zelda and the evil Ganon. A new entry in The Legend of Zelda series is being developed for Wii U and Nintendo’s next system, code-named NX, and scheduled to launch simultaneously for both in 2017. The Wii U version of the game will also be the focus of Nintendo’s presence at the E3 video game trade show next month in Los Angeles. For information about Nintendo at E3, visit http://e3.nintendo.com/.
For a full listing of available games in The Legend of Zelda series, visit http://www.zelda.com/. For more information about the World Video Game Hall of Fame, visit http://www.worldvideogamehalloffame.org.