Legend of Zelda

3D Printing of 1988’s The Legend Of Zelda Map!

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.

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If Mike’s name rings a bell then you probably saw that incredible video he created a few weeks back. The animated opening to The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by way of Mario Paint!
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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.

[Via] Zelda Dungeon

A very big thank you to Ethan Gach of Kotaku for the heads up on the map. As well as to Gamasutra for the Nintendo Power map image used in this post.

The Nintendo Classic Mini Will Have Us Playing With Power Once Again!

You’ve probably already seen Nintendo’s announcement a couple of days ago about a very exciting product due to hit store shelves on November 11th, the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System! It appears that this Fall we are going to once again have the opportunity to announce to one and all that we are Playing With Power!

[Via] Mister Pesystem
While the NES Zapper and R.O.B. won’t be included with this release it will allow you the pleasure of picking up additional NES controller packs like back in the day. Of course the real draw is the 30 games that come with the Nintendo Classic Mini:
Balloon Fight
BUBBLE BOBBLE
Castlevania
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
Dr. Mario
Excitebike
FINAL FANTASY
Galaga
GHOSTS’N GOBLINS
GRADIUS
Ice Climber
Kid Icarus
Kirby’s Adventure
Mario Bros.
MEGA MAN 2
Metroid
NINJA GAIDEN
PAC-MAN
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
StarTropics
SUPER C
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Tecmo Bowl
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

From the Press Release:
“Relive the 80s when the Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System launches in stores on 11th November. The classic NES is back in a familiar-yet-new form as a mini replica of Nintendo’s original home console. Plugging directly into a high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable, the console comes complete with 30 NES games built-in, including beloved classics like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong, PAC-MAN and Kirby’s Adventure.
The Nintendo Classic Mini: Nintendo Entertainment System comes packaged with an HDMI cable, a USB cable for powering the system*, and one Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller. And whether it’s rediscovering an old favourite or experiencing the joy of NES for the first time, the fantastic collection of NES classics included with each and every system should have something for all players.
Each title is sure to bring back fond memories and produce plenty of new ones. Players can even enjoy playing many of these games together by attaching a second Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller, sold separately. A Classic Controller or Classic Controller Pro for the Wii console can also be used.
The Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller can also be used to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii U or Wii console. Simply connect it to a Wii Remote controller to make the experience that much more authentic. Players needn’t worry about losing any hard-earned progress either as each game has multiple suspend points, allowing them to start where they left off at a later time, no passwords needed.
*Note that an AC adapter for the USB cable is required to play the system but is not included in the packaging.”

I know that many of these titles can be played in some form or another through MAME but I’m looking forward to sitting on the living room floor this Fall with a big old glass of Great Bluedini, a NES controller in my hands (Probably giving my thumb a callous again!), and revisiting Hyrule and guiding the Light Warriors through the Kingdom of Coneria once again!