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The Legend of Zelda is one of the greatest institutions in the history of videogames, a saga created by Shigeru Miyamoto (the creator of Mario) that has revolutionized the industry numerous times and since its very creation has helped to grow this hobby that we all share. Precisely, the first adventure that Link had to undertake turns 35 today. Yes, On February 21, 1986 Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda on the Japanese market for the Famicom Disk System, a version that came to the West in the form of a cartridge for NES with an integrated battery to save game. Of course, in these parts we had to wait a little longer to enjoy this revolutionary game, because in the United States they will be released on August 22, 1987 and in Europe on November 27, 1987.
The beginning of a legend
That odyssey He proposed us to travel the lands of Hyrule with total freedom while we looked for the entrances to its different dungeons, where countless dangers and puzzles await us that we will have to overcome to reach the end, finish off Ganon, rescue Princess Zelda and save the kingdom. And all this from an aerial perspective that has already become one of the hallmarks of many installments of the series, as exemplified in 1991 by the legendary The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past by SNES or in 1993 by the fantastic The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening by Game Boy.
The 3D revolution
Since then, countless games in the series have been released (not counting remasters or remakes, there are about 18 installments that we could consider as “main”) for all Nintendo systems, leaving us on the way a large number of titles that are considered today as authentic masterpieces for all that they involved, such as the gigantic advance that The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time brought to Nintendo 64 in 1998 for action games with graphics and 3D gameplay, inspiring almost any title that came after and whose influence continues to be present. in our day.
Forever changing open world games
In fact, Ocarina of Time was also very influential for the series itself, marking a new style for the saga of three-dimensional titles that remained virtually unchanged until the arrival of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Wii U and Nintendo Switch in 2017, a work with which the developer recently revolutionized the genre of open world games and that he was not afraid to break with many of the conventions of the series to create something new but which in turn retained its essence.
What the future awaits
Today We do not know what Nintendo’s plans are to celebrate this highly-indicated dateAlthough this week it was announced that this year a remastering of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the Wii game with which the 25th anniversary of the series was celebrated in 2011, will be released on Switch. Also, we know that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is in development, although it is still It does not have a confirmed date and we do not know if it will arrive in time for this 2021.
While we wait for Nintendo to clarify the future of the series, We encourage you to take a look at the top of the saga that we make on Vandal, where we sort our favorite installments from this legendary series from worst to best.