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21st February 1986. A small character with a green tunic and wielding a shield finds himself surrounded by strange creatures. He suddenly brandishes his blade and promptly slays the horde of enemies facing him. Link, which is his name, has one goal: cross the sacred Hyrule land on a search for Princess Zelda and simultaneously win over the hearts of the players!
Three decades later, the hero of The Legend of Zelda continues to kindle our fantasy. It has to be said that when it was launched on Famicom Disk System and NES, the first release succeeded in laying the foundations for one of the most popular video games series of all times!
Today, Pix’n Love turns its attention again to the fascinating story of this license in the company of its author Oscar Lemaire. From the birth of The Legend of Zelda to the Super Nintendo and Game Boy releases, and the schism provoked by the launch of Ocarina of Time then Majora’s Mask, this exclusive work plunges the reader behind the scenes of the first fifteen years of life of this legendary saga, the secrets of its development, the design process, marketing choices and incredible anecdotes!
What is the connection between Link and Peter Pan? Why is The Adventure of Link such an atypical release? For what reason did Shigeru Miyamoto finally not integrate the idea of three different worlds in A Link to the Past? Why did he finally decide to abandon the first-person strategy for Ocarina of Time?
All these questions and many more are answered in The History of Zelda vol.1 - Origins and Beyond, a historical book fresh off the press, fruit of a colossal research and documentation effort…