2016 is the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda series. While fans of the series have to wait for the next game in the series, Breath of the Wild, to come out next year, Nintendo of Europe has given some retro fans an early Christmas present by releasing a short video of the original Legend of Zelda’s map from the original design document.
Some of you are probably scratching your head wondering what the big deal is, especially in this age of the Internet where such maps are easy to get a hold of, drawing something like this is irrelevant. But in this case, this is something pretty special, not because it’s a full map of the original game, but this is what was used by the original team to map out where all the dungeons would be, where all shopkeepers would be, what secrets would go where, etc. To put this in perspective, it would be like Disney releasing the original storyboard of Steamboat Willy. To put it bluntly, this is a piece of gaming history.
You can check out the short video (and I mean that, clocking in at 20 seconds) below. The newest game in the series, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, is set to release sometime next year for the Wii U and the Nintendo Switch, with a special presentation for the Switch going down on January 12th here in North America.