The Legend of Zelda: Celebrating 30 Years of Adventures!

This year celebrates the 30th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda franchise and in order to celebrate this milestone Nintendo will be re-releasing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess onto the Wii U as a High Definition Re-Master.

We could talk about this re-release all day, as Nintendo did recently released a new trailer comparing the visuals between the original GameCube version and this newer Wii U addition; but instead we are going to take a look back into the past and see what Zelda games have been released over the past thirty years.

The Legend of Zelda -> 1986 – 2013:

This particular infographic provides a list of ‘main-stream’ Zelda titles released onto Nintendo consoles between 1986, which is when The Legend of Zelda was first released onto the Nintendo Famicom, up until 2013 when The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds was released onto the Nintendo 3DS.


Of course as this infographic is three years out-of-date two Zelda games are missing; specifically the Nintendo 3DS games The Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes, which was released in 2015, as well as the Dynasty Warriors styled spin-off Hyrule Warriors, which was released in 2014.

The Timeline:

Each The Legend of Zelda game is considered a stand-a-lone title; however dig deeper into the games story and you will discover that some of the games take part in the same universe – or timeline – and follow on from each other; as this infographic from Kotaku illustrates:

The Legend of Zelda Timeline Photo

It’s interesting how the first Zelda title isn’t the first game in the timeline; and that – depending on the outcome of Ocarina of Time – the timeline can branch out into different events. A very complicated adventure awaits indeed.

Interesting Facts:

Finally; even when you think you know everything about The Legend of Zelda franchise there are still some secrets waiting to be discovered; so here is a handy list of secrets that you may not be aware of.


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