The year marking the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda is almost at it’s end. Nintendo has observed the occasion sporadically throughout the year, including the release of four new Zelda amiibo. However, Nintendo doesn’t seem quite finished celebrating the beloved series. Nintendo UK released a never before seen behind-the-scenes look at some original design drawings from the very first Zelda game.

Recognize the overworld map from the original The Legend of Zelda in the video? What about these drawings done by one of the game’s main designers, Takashi Tezuka?



It’s pretty satisfying as a Zelda fan to see the transformation between the first sketches of memorable areas, like the room in which you fight Ganon in the final dungeon of the game, to the final product we’ve all come to know and love. There are a few more images included in the gallery below, and these are done by game’s creator himself, Shigeru Miyamoto.

What do you guys think? How does it feel to see the literal “drawing board” from the original Zelda game? If you think about it, these are the documents and the drawings that started a franchise. A franchise that has lasted over 30 years! That’s pretty incredible. I’d personally love to see more content like this for some of my more favorite Zelda games. What about you? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo UK

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