Evolution of Zelda game series before Internet Era
The Legend of Zelda is a series of action-adventure video games created by Japanese developers Nintendo. The series is highly story-driven, and the development of the series has been the subject of much change over the years. The series has been developed by a number of different Nintendo development teams, overseen by its creator, Shigeru Miyamoto. The series centers on Link, the playable character and chief protagonist. Link is often given the task of rescuing Princess Zelda and the most common setting of the series, Hyrule, from Ganondorf, King of the Gerudo, who is the primary antagonist of the series.
1. The Legend of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda is the first game in the series and was released in Japan on February 21, 1986, and later in North America in 1987. The game revolves around Link, the playable character, who tries to rescue Princess Zelda from the evil Ganon. Link travels through eight dungeons to recover the eight pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom, defeat Ganon, and rescue Princess Zelda.
2. The Adventure of Link
The second game in the main series, originally released in Japan as The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, was released in Japan on January 14, 1987, and later in North America in 1988. The game is a direct sequel to the original, and focuses on Link's search for the Triforce of Courage. Link travels through the overworld and several dungeons to obtain the eight pieces of the Triforce of Courage.
3. A Link to the Past
The third game in the main series, originally released in Japan as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, was released in Japan in November 1992, and in North America and Europe in 1993. It is the first game to be released on a 16-bit console, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and the last main series game released on the NES. The game centers around Link, the playable character, and his quest to prevent Ganon, king of the Gerudo and main antagonist of the series, from obtaining the Triforce, a sacred relic that grants the wishes of its holder. Link travels through time and navigates various dungeons to awaken the Seven Sages, who can seal Ganon forever.
4. Link's Awakening
The fourth game, released in Japan as The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and in North America and Europe as Link's Awakening, was released in 1993. It is the first game in the series to feature a swordless Link, and the first to feature an overhead perspective. It is also the first game in the series to feature a female protagonist: the island's caretaker and Link's companion, Marin.
5. Ocarina of Time
The fifth game in the main series, originally released in Japan as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, was released in Japan in November 1998, and in North America and Europe in November and December of the same year. It is the first 3D game in the series. The story takes place in the land of Hyrule, beginning with Link being awakened by a telepathic message from Princess Zelda, who asks for his help. He is then tasked with finding a young girl, in possession of a sacred relic known as the Triforce of Wisdom, who is being held captive by Ganondorf, the series' main antagonist.
6. Majora's Mask
The sixth game in the main series, originally released in Japan as The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, was released in Japan in April 2000, and in North America and Europe in October 2000. The story of Majora's Mask takes place in the land of Termina, a parallel universe to Hyrule. Link is searching for a friend. When he arrives in Termina, he discovers that a masked Skull Kid has stolen his Ocarina of Time and has trapped the young hero inside the land, along with the land's inhabitants. Link travels with a fairy who can change her size from small to large in order to solve many puzzles in the game.
The Legend of Zelda is one of the most popular game series, and it has made Nintendo's profits grow. The series evolved over the years, and each game offers something new. The Legend of Zelda offers a lot of things to do, and it keeps its players interested. It offers a lot of challenges, and it offers a good story to follow.