Lit. Meets Gaming: The Legend of Zelda

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It’s taken us this long to tackle The Legend of Zelda, but in our defense, there’s a lot of books and games to cover. Therefore, we’ve provided a comprehensive guide that’s not only sleek and informative, but that leads you to further information, should you want it.

For those who may not know, The Legend of Zelda is a high-fantasy, action-adventure video game series, originally released in 1986. What makes it so remarkable is that they took the classic, simple concept of boy-saves-girl, and added in details that have made it stand the test of time and garner a huge fan base.

Primarily developed and published by Nintendo, the series has expanded to include 18 entries on all of Nintendo’s major game consoles.

The Plot

Link, the protagonist, is given the task of rescuing Princess Zelda (named after Zelda Fitzgerald) and the kingdom of Hyrule, from Ganon, leader of a race of desert brigands called the Gerudo. Despite there being other settings and villains, Ganon and Hyrule are, and always have been, the player favorites.


The main reason for the love of the series is the gameplay. Despite the story being borderline adorable and fantastic, the gameplay still wins. There is everything in the game: puzzles, action, adventure, battles, and exploration. The later games even include stealth.

Players are rewarded for exploring hidden areas with things like extra lives and valuable tools helpful in completing missions. This is a great tactic to motivate players to actively seek adventure since the games can be won without exploring the hidden areas.

The bone structure is unique in Zelda games. Rather than throw players into a vast world with several, randomly placed towns, they have 3 common areas, known and expected by all Zelda veterans. First, there’s an overworld, where there’s multidirectional movement. Then there’s the caves and hidden rooms, or towns and cities where players can interact with NPCs. Finally, there’s the fun dungeons, where all the exploration primarily takes place. These are the levels that players have talked about since 1986.

Zelda Books

There is too many to list, so we’ve provided a link on Link. Get it?

Terrible joke, we know.

Whatever the case, the most known book series based on the games are, however, written by the mysterious duo of female comic book artists: Akira Himekawa (their pen name). Ironically enough, it is a kid’s manga, but it has a giant fan base of kids and adults alike. 10 editions total, it’s regarded as a fun read that sucks you back into Hyrule!


The Legend of Zelda is one of the few video games that has withstood the test of time since 1986. It is addicting, fun, and classic. No wonder it’s fan base is huge.

If you haven’t played any of the games yet, maybe starting with the manga is a smart start. Don’t leap right into the series, there’s a lot to cover and it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

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