Happy Birthday Link! The Legend of Zelda turns 25
25 years ago, Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka released the first chapter in one of the most iconic video game franchises of all time, The Legend of Zelda. Mixing puzzles with action and adventure, the series has gone on to sell over 60 million copies across the original Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and others. At the heart of every adventure is Link, a noble youth set on a hero’s quest, typically to rescue the legendary Princess Zelda from Ganon (aka Ganondorf) an evil super villain. There’s a Triforce, a Master Sword, and dozens of other unique attributes that has transformed the franchise into a powerhouse. But did you also know that there was a a few Zelda cartoon series?
For three months in 1989, DIC Entertainment and Viacom Enterprises produced and released nearly a dozen episodes of The Legend of Zelda, a toon based on the first and second NES games. While a few different anime segments based on the games hit Japan in the late 90s, it was these late 80s episodes that have grabbed everyone’s attention.
The toon followed Link and Zelda through the kingdom of Hyrule, thwarting the evil wizard Ganon and his quest to capture the Triforce of Wisdom from Zelda. The series does not tend to be remembered fondly, with most “fans” reflecting upon the repeated phrase “excuuuuuse me, Princess!”
Excuse me, Princess!