On February 21st one of the greatest video game franchises of all time, The Legend of Zelda celebrated it’s 25th birthday. 25 years since Link took up his very first sword to do battle with the evil forces of Gannon. I remember borrowing a friend’s Zelda game way back in the NES days, staying up way too late playing that thing as I’m sure so many of you had as well. Little did I know at the time that 25 years later Link would still be at the top of the franchise heap.
In celebration of 25 the stunning artwork seen above appeared online, created by Japanese artist ag+. I wish I could find a more direct link to their work but I got lost in the sea of Japanese interwebs. Want to have your face melted? Check out the full-res version. Absolutely beautiful.
And now lets bring it all the way back to the late 80s with this hilariously silly and infinitely charming television commercial for the original, the best, The Legend of Zelda. Thanks to Hannah Shilliday for sending this one over.
A very happy birthday to all of our pals in Hyrule!