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The Legend of Zelda is officially 30 years old

by Joey Davidson | February 22, 2016February 22, 2016 6:29 am PDT

The Legend of Zelda first released in Japan on the Famicom on February 21, 1986. Yesterday marked the 30th birthday of this now world famous gaming franchise, and you better believe we’re rolling deep in nostalgia this morning.

For me, The Legend of Zelda didn’t actually appear in my life until 1989. North America got the game on the NES in 1987. My home was playing the game in ’89 when we picked up our first Nintendo. I still remember my dad deciding to pick up the player’s guide near release, using it to piece together all the dungeons in order to clear the game entirely.

Zelda‘s been a staple in my family ever since. I watched my dad play through all of The Adventures of Link. I can remember being snowed in through a blizzard in the early 90s as I beat A Link to the PastLink’s Awakening was my road trip pal. Ocarina of Time was the first game I pre-ordered with money earned from a part-time job. Wind Waker was the gift I bought myself when I graduated from high school.

I can actually look at Zelda releases as marks on my life, and that’s pretty wild. I’m 30 years old, too.

Speaking of timelines… Nintendo of Japan recently updated the official rundown. It’s in Japanese, but you should be able to figure out which game is which based on cover art. Yep, Triforce Heroes is officially canon.

Official Zelda Timeline - Japan

Do you have any major Zelda memories?


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...

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