In honor of the year-long celebration of The Legend of Zelda‘s 30th anniversary, Nintendo of Europe dropped something really special on aging franchise fans. They released a bit of the original design documents for the classic.
It starts with a brief video of the game’s overworld, complete with enemies and characters stuck on for effect. That’s above. Then they move on to individual dungeon rooms and designs, actually drawn by Takashi Tezuka and Shigeru Miyamoto. Some of these include GIFs that show the original design and how it turned out in the game.
I always love the notion that games from forever ago were physically drawn out on graphing paper before they were developed. It makes this whole thing so much more charming.
If you can find it, the NES Classic has the original The Legend of Zelda on it. I might be firing that up this weekend for a few smiles.