Check out the original hand-drawn dungeon designs from the first Legend of Zelda
These beautiful illustrations, some hand-drawn by Miyamoto himself, is definitely a treat to Zelda fans everywhere.
Nintendo surely double up on the Christmas treats as after giving away free 3DS units with a copy of Mario Maker, they grace the gaming community with the original scans of hand-drawn illustrations that make up the world of the first The Legend of Zelda video game.
The 1986 released title, which then became one of video game’s most iconic franchises, The Legend of Zelda served as a modern template for Action-Adventure titles, with its open world, non-linear design elements that are still being incorporated in other video game titles of the similar genre up until today.
While it was developed together with the other Nintendo hit Super Mario Bros., creators Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka made sure to create both games unique from each other, with Mario being the titular linear platformer and The Legend of Zelda to be Nintendo’s open world classic.
As Tezuka handled most of the story and script, Miyamoto took the role as the producer while at the same time contributing his own ideas for some of Hyrule’s dungeons, Tezuka is not to be left out though as he also gave his share of layouts, a few of which include the Skull Dungeon and as well as some of the secret rooms.
Some of Shigeru Miyamoto’s hand-drawn dungeons which were later used in the game.
This release is presumably part of celebrating the 30th birthday of the first The Legend of Zelda video game which was originally released for the FamiCom platform back in February 21, 1986.