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What to Read if You Grew Up Playing “The Legend of Zelda”

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How The Legend of Zelda Changed the Game

Zachary Small
The New York Times

For nearly four decades, the video game franchise has emphasized exploration and the joy of discovery. Millions of fans hope that the newest entry, Tears of the Kingdom, will push the boundaries of what an open-world game can be.

The Legend of The Legend of Zelda

James Batchelor

Developed as the opposite of Super Mario Bros., which led you on a linear path from left to right, the original Zelda gave NES owners an open world they could explore at will from the very beginning, offering a level of freedom rarely seen prior to 1986.