When you think of classic games, there are a few titles that instantly come to mind. Some of the old Nintendo games will definitely make the cut, with tiles like Mario, Sonic and Kirby high on the list. But while the games above are so praised for their gameplay, there is one other title high up on the list which incorporated brilliant storytelling into the classic Nintendo quality.
Of course, I’m talking about Legend of Zelda. Becoming an instant classic and a favorite of millions of people, the game spawned plenty of sequels and tie-ins that were hit and. Still, some of the sequels managed to do right by the original, further cementing Legend of Zelda’s rank as a timeless classic.
And now, as the game’s 30th anniversary was celebrated on the 21st of February, Nintendo is planning some big Zelda surprises this year. And the most recent one just came out one day ago, brought by a team of developers known simply as “Scott” and “Mike”, as you can play the original Zelda in 3D in your browser.
The browser game isn’t yet finished, as only some of the missions are available, but if you feel like some instant nostalgia you can head on over to Zelda30Tribute.com and have a little old-timey fun. And even though there are only a few dungeons available, the game plays exactly like the old version.
Even though it might sound weird that the game is in 3D, perhaps unappealing to some of the older fans, the voxel graphics are actually a very good stand-in for the old pixelated ones. The voxel depth rendering allows for a lot of the same sprites used in the original, only in blocky 3D.
You start off open world, as a voxelated Link can walk around, pick up stuff, battle some monsters and explore some of the dungeons that made the original game such an instant classic. If you want to get even more of an old-timey feel, you can play the game on your mobile device and use the virtual NES controller on the screen provided by the developers for this exact occasion.
Plus, the atmosphere remains the same as in the classic, helped in no small part by the fact that the same music is used throughout the game. This might constitute a problem, as the use of the original music and the polished status of the game might urge Nintendo to take measures and have the tribute taken down.
Seeing as many fans are very displeased, and for good reason, with what Nintendo has been doing with their franchises recently, namely inserting characters into games like Super Smash Bros. Brawl, titles with no narrative that just make use of the recognizable characters, this tribute might be the best Zelda anniversary gift we’ll get.
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