February 21, 2016, marks the 30-year anniversary of the Japanese release of The Legend of Zelda. We here at Retrovolve are longtime fans of the franchise, and we wanted to find a fitting way to celebrate such a milestone with our staff and readers. So we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Zelda-related things we’ve published and we thought it’d be fun to share those. You’ll find them below in no particular order.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Is a Beautiful, Profound Masterpiece
Josh Wirtanen explains why he thinks The Wind Waker is one of the best video games ever made, looking at the art, story, and emotional impact of the game.
A Link to the Past and the Mystery of Link’s Missing Pants
Mandi Odoerfer explores the instruction manual art of the Zelda series to get to the bottom of a strange mystery: Where are Link’s pants?
Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 10] : Carlos Menception
In this hilarious and educational episode of the Half-Glass Gaming podcast, the gang explores the history of the Zelda franchise and shares personal stories of what the series means to each of them.
Link’s Awakening Was the Ultimate Battery Killer
Josh Wirtanen tells a tale from his younger years of how his attention span for Link’s Awakening was far longer than the life of a pair of AA batteries.
How a French Version of A Link to the Past Improved My Relationship with My Fiancée
The Reverend (Luigi) discovers a French game cartridge that ends up being a very powerful bonding tool.
Ocarina of Time: How My Journey Through Hyrule Made Me A Better Person
Retrovolve founder Andy Reierson explains how Ocarina of Time was an important part of his growth as a human being.
The Japanese Version of The Legend of Zelda Used Voice Commands
Mandi Odoerfer reveals a surprising fact: The Famicom version of the original Legend of Zelda featured voice commands.
A Link to the Past Is the Definitive Legend of Zelda Game
The Reverend (Luigi) explains how A Link to the Past serves as the foundation for what fans expect from a Zelda game.
Ocarina of Time Could Have Been the Ugliest Zelda Game of All Time
Josh Wirtanen explores some of Ocarina of Time’s early development screenshots and finds a much different game than the one we fell in love with back in 1998.