Nature’s Influence: The Legend of Zelda Series

Posted on December 5, 2010


The Legend of Zelda series is one of the most successful and popular in the video game world.  In each of the Zelda titles, a fantastic world affluent with nature provides the setting for the legendary tales.  This should be the case coming from the Nintendo genius, Shigeru Miyamoto.


Miyamoto with the Hylian Shield and Master Sword

This name is revered throughout the video game world having created the ever-popular Donkey Kong, Mario, and Zelda titles.  His inspirations stemmed from his boyhood, where he grew up in Kyoto, Japan.  Specifically, the inspiration for the 1986 release of The Legend of Zelda stemmed from the exploration of a cave in the woods.  He explored this cave with a lantern, and the wonder if this experience was unforgettable.

This unforgettable experience can be seen in all of the games with their numerous caves and dungeons to explore.  One particular game harks back to Miyamoto’s childhood memory: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.  In this title, the player begins in the Kokiri Woods.  The first part of this journey begins with the player crawling through a small cave opening.  In Wind Waker, you sailed across vast seas from island to island, battling a variety of creatures and bosses who resembled either fauna or animals, such as sharks.  In Twilight Princess, Link was a wolf about half of the time.

Listed below are the titles in the series in chronological order, via Wikipedia.


1986- The Legend of Zelda

1987- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

1991- A Link to the Past

1993- Link’s Awakening

1998- Ocarina of Time and Link’s Awakening DX

2000- Majora’s Mask

2001- Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages

2002- Four Swords and Wind Waker

2003- Ocarina of Time: Master Quest

2004- Four Swords Adventure and The Minish Cap

2006- Twilight Princess

2007- Phantom Hourglass

2009- Spirit Tracks

2011 (2012?)- Skyward Sword and Ocarina of Time: 3D

With 17 main titles in the series and one more set to release in the near future, Nintendo’s success with Zelda has yet to slow down.

*Note: I hope to expand on this topic in more detail once I find the time.