Chart the Evolution of Nintendo's Zelda Franchise

Jay Serafino
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The Zelda franchise is one of Nintendo's crown jewels. The original game—1986's The Legend of Zelda—was one of the most important action-adventure titles of the early console generations. As the years, and technology, have progressed, the series has always been at the forefront of change. 1992's A Link to the Past pushed the limits of the SNES with a wide scope and sprawling story; 1998's Ocarina of Time showcased a vast, detailed world and deep gameplay mechanics; and 2003's The Wind Waker proved that cartoony, cel-shaded graphics could be just as impressive as any photorealistic title on the market.

To chart the visual evolution of the Zelda franchise, Matinee Multilingual—a voiceover, translation, and subtitle company—has put together an infographic that looks at every title from the NES original all the way to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which will launch alongside the Nintendo Switch on March 3. Check it out: