Nintendo Releases "The Legend Of Zelda" Original Drawings To Commemorate Game's 30th Anniversary

By Milton Letterman , Updated Dec 24, 2016 05:21 PM EST
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Nintendo pulled off a surprise treat to "The Legend of Zelda" fans by unveiling a series of sketches showing how the game was first developed three decades back. The drawings were released in line with the company's celebration of the game's 30th anniversary.

The Japanese gaming tech company released the sketches in the form of a video, two animated GIF files, and four still images. All in all, the drawings are meant to feature the iconic The Legend Of Zelda in a behind-the-scenes presentation style in celebration of the franchise's staying power in the world of gaming.

The sketches, drawn by game designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka, shows how their original ideas for the then-pixelated The Legend of Zelda, which helped change Nintendo's fortunes into becoming one of the world's reputable gaming tech companies, the Daily Mail has reported.

The drawings also featured a layout of the original overworld map of Hyrule, The Legend of Zelda's main universe. Several secrets can be found within Hyrule, as well as various details on plans laid out for some of the game's most popular rooms, including Tezuka's "skull room."

Points of interests, enemy locations, and other crucial elements are also shown in Nintendo's drawings, according to Mashable. Starting stage maps by Miyamoto also feature in the released map sketches.

The sketches, all in all, reveal that The Legend Of Zelda is actually a product of a hodge-podge of ideas. The game itself has been reprised by Nintendo through several titles, with the latest one, "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," scheduled for a 2017 release.

But fans need not to wait longer should they feel the need to satisfy their Zelda fix. Nintendo's NES Classic Mini, a revival of the company's classic home console, includes the original The Legend of Zelda title in its 30 game-strong catalog of pre-installed games.

Check out the design documents featuring the original The Legend of Zelda from Nintendo of Europe. Watch Nintendo's feature of the game's original game map here:

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