Trivia / The Legend of Zelda

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Trivia for the franchise in general:

  • Link's name and appearance:
    • It was revealed in an interview Miyamoto gave to a French website that Link's appearance was, like Mario before him, influenced by the NES's graphical limitations. Miyamoto wanted Link to be easily recognizable, and able to visibly use his sword and shield. The weapons were thus made big and easily visible, and Link was given his trademark pointy hat and long ears so that he could easily be distinguished from his equipment despite the sprite's small size. The pointy hat and long ears, in turn, reminded Miyamoto and his team of elves, most notably Disney's Peter Pan, hence the decision to color Link's outfit green and make his design more elf-like.
    • From the same interview, it was also revealed that Link's name came from an early idea for the series: the Triforce was meant to be a bunch of electronic chips that the hero would collect by traveling between the future and the past. The hero was named "Link" to symbolize the fact that he was the Link between the time periods. Even though the series ended up taking on a totally different approach, the name "Link" stuck ever since.
    • His name's also doubly appropriate in a Bilingual Bonus sense: "Links" is German for "left". In the games that don't have motion controls, he's left-handed, plus there's also the "Four Swords" games where he splits into multiple Links.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Originally, The Legend of Zelda was NOT the name of the series, it was merely the subtitle of the first game. It was originally called The Hyrule Fantasy: The Legend of Zelda. Only the subtitle was kept when it was translated to English and brough over to the west. After that, The Hyrule Fantasy was quietly dropped in Japan, and The Legend of Zelda took over as the franchise name.
  • Adaptation Sequence: Video games —> Cartoon —> Comic
  • Cash Cow Franchise: One of Nintendo's Big Three, along with Mario and Pokémon.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Most of the Links have one out of necessity. Usually it's an abridgment of their hero titles (fanon or canon) - Wind, Sky, Time, Twilight, etc.
    • Most Zelda games from Four Swords Adventures (i.e. since 2004) onwards, save for a few promotional disks with a handful of tracks each, either received an official soundtrack many years after the game was released or didn't get an official soundtrack at all. Thus many music themes have been nicknamed by fans. Standout examples would be "Midna's Desperate Hour" from Twilight Princess (which was later on officially titled "Midna's Lament" in Super Smash Bros. Brawl), "Link and Zelda's Duet" from Spirit Tracks, and "Romance" from Skyward Sword.
  • Killer App: It's guaranteed that a Zelda release will coincide with a massive spike in Nintendo console sales. It (along with Mario) is basically Nintendo's home console equivalent to Pokémon.
  • No Export for You:
  • Promoted Fanboy: Eiji Aonuma, the series' current producer and de facto figurehead, credits The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past as sparking his interest in game design as a whole. After presenting his own Marvelous: Another Treasure Island to Shigeru Miyamoto, he decided to hand directorial duties of the series to Aonuma, though he wouldn't be head director until Majora's Mask.
  • What Could Have Been: Imagi Studios, prior to their closing, release a short for a pitch to Nintendo to produce an animated film based on Zelda in 2007. Obviously, the pitch did not succeed.
  • The Wiki Rule: Zeldapedia.
  • Word of Gay: Inverted. Aonuma stated in an interview that Tingle is not gay, "just an odd person".

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