Nintendo has decided to let Christmas come early for a lot of Legend of Zelda fans, as the company has uploaded the original Legend of Zelda design documents onto the internet, allowing us to see all of the work that went into making the original Legend of Zelda game.
All of the design documents allow us to see the world layout, including both Hyrule and the dungeons that Link must enter to gain various important items, along with a number of famous rooms such as the skull room, where the floor tiles were in the shape of a skull. These maps, which were for the most part all just square rooms that led off to other rooms, were drawn by various Nintendo artists that we know well today.
These include artists and developers like Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka, who worked on the game in other capacities (both also served as the game’s directors, and Tezuka wrote the story and script for it, so you have him to thank for “It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this!”). Now Miyamoto and Tezuka have been with Nintendo up until today, and are still major figures within the company.
The Legend of Zelda design documents have thrown us back to a simpler time, back before the series had the puzzle-solving that it’s become known for today, along with all of its nifty gadgets, Epona the horse, and more. Its most recent descendant, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, will be going far beyond even all of the Zelda games that have come before it, having a completely open and sprawling Hyrule to explore on Epona’s back as you hurry to save Hyrule from the Calamity Ganon that threatens to destroy everything.
If you want to take a look at the Legend of Zelda design documents, you can find them on the official Nintendo blog, here.