The Legend of Zelda Enters the Video Game Hall of Fame
The Legend of Zelda is getting a lot of attention right now for being the only game Nintendo is showcasing at E3 this year, and it looks like some more attention is coming for the series as whole in terms of it’s impact in the gaming community. The Video Game Hall of Fame announced today that The Legend of Zelda was being inducted.
Inspired by creator Shigeru Miyamoto’s childhood expeditions through woods and caves, The Legend of Zelda (1986) popularized non-linear exploration games and paved the way for some of the industry’s most famous role-playing and action-adventure games. The United States release of The Legend of Zelda was also the first console game to include an internal battery for backing up saved data. It sold more than 6.5 million copies and became the fifth best-selling NES game of all time, behind only the first Super Mario Bros. games. Says The Strong’s Associate Curator Shannon Symonds, “The Legend of Zelda became one of the most iconic titles of the 1980s and a staple of popular culture with its sequels, spin-offs, comic books, and a television series.”