The original Legend of Zelda blazed many trails for gaming, arguably setting the standard for what would eventually become the open-world genre. Seeing as how this is the 30th anniversary for the series as a whole, Nintendo has opted for a blast from the past and dug up some of the original design documents from this first game to give fans an insight into the initial process of its development.

A video which goes over the whole overworld map was recently shared by Nintendo of Europe, and some extra images of a few different rooms were also shown. It's an interesting tour of this part of the development to be sure; it's hard to believe that much of this game was drafted on graphing paper.


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