When The Legend of Zelda was released to the Nintendo Entertainment System, it was a game changer. At least in terms of console gaming. With its addicting gameplay, numerous secrets, and to say nothing of the then sprawling map. It was in fact a really big deal. As well as being an absolute success for Nintendo of America – The Legend of Zelda sold two million copies that year alone!
Designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka really knocked it out of the park. I know I have in fact shared this story on The Retroist before. When I first rented the game at my local video store. There were no instructions, so I didn’t know about the Second Quest. Which happened to present the Player with tougher enemies and different locations of items and dungeons.
So I did in fact beat the harder quest first before I purchased the game for myself. Try to imagine my confusion when the dungeon maps I had made weren’t matching up. Thankfully for many of us it was Nintendo Power that really helped out when they published a map!
Image courtesy of Gamasutra.
It looks like a fan of the game went above and beyond the call using a 3D printer to create The Legend of Zelda map. Furthermore the creator spent 6 months designing it in the popular Minecraft game. After that they ported the work to a file for the 3D printer. Which just happened to take 24 hours to create, in addition to the six hours of painting the model.
Map images courtesy of Mike Matei.
It was collector Willard McFarland who purchased the 3D map and shared images with Mike Matei. Who in turn shared high resolution images on his Twitter account.
Now that you are drooling over The Legend of Zelda 3D map – why not check out the original commercial?
I should point out that this ad features John Kassir as the man searching for Zelda. You might know John’s voice work on Tiny Toons Adventures, the Crypt Keeper from Tales from the Crypt, and Avatar: The Last Airbender to name a few.
Despite the rise of the digital era for publishing, I still prefer to read an actual paper magazine over its screen counterpart. That said, I’ll make an exception whenever a retro-read is made available on the internet! I’m very happy to stare at my screen, wide-eyed with astonishment, at magazines such as this one!
Here are a few of my favourite images from the first issue of Nintendo Power:
I have quite a lot of fondness for the second adventure of Simon Belmont on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest. It might have had something to do with that horrific cover to the second issue of Nintendo Power, you know the one I’m talking about…
…the issue that caused many parents to call the magazine’s headquarters and complain that the cover had given their children nightmares. I guess back in the day we just weren’t ready for a costumed man holding the severed head of Count Dracula?
One of the things I loved most about the sequel to Castlevania was its soundtrack, the music just set the mood for me. My favorite bit of music though was entitled Bloody Tears by the game’s composer, Kenichi Matsubara.
I recently got some NES players guides off EBay, and this ad/subscription card was thrown in with them.
This is the front of the ad. It tells us about Jeff Benson, who does all the cool 80s things, including skateboarding and listening to rock and roll. He also manages to spend some time on physics. He loves Super Mario Bros. 2 and never, ever buys a new game “pak” without first consulting Nintendo Power.
This is the back. It tantalizes us with a taste of the goodness we will find in Nintendo Power magazine. This is a tip for the game Blaster Master. It comes straight from “the pros” and is pretty sneaky to be honest.
Notice also the pastels and unnecessary squiggles that depict the rad way Jeff lives and plays Nintendo. Laughable? Yeah. But also effective. Makes me want to get my hands on a few issues of Nintendo Power. That, or do some physics.
In the 1988 issue of Nintendo Power (#3), they had an unexpected famous player profile, Jay Leno. It turns out the future Tonight Show host would take his Nintendo on the Road and played classics like Legend of Zelda, Ikari Warriors and Kid Icarus. Back then he only had 18 motorcycles and 6 cars, so he had PLENTY of time to play his NES. Now that he owns 1000s of cars (not sure of real number), I doubt he has time to turn on his old NES.