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The Legend of Zelda – Original Terada Katsuya Art To Portray the Real Adventures of Link
Before Nintendo 64, the portrayals of Link and the legend of Zelda have always been pretty amazing. Katsuya Terada, or Terada Katsuya, illustrated some of the original Nintendo Power art for Zelda way back in the day.
You can literally feel the concept behind a Link to the Past in these illustrations.
“The Legend of Zelda was principally inspired by Shigeru Miyamoto’s explorations as a young boy in the hillsides surrounding his childhood home in Sonobe, Japan where he ventured into forests with secluded lakes, caves, and rural villages. According to Miyamoto, one of his most memorable experiences was the discovery of a cave entrance in the middle of the woods. After some hesitation, he apprehensively entered the cave, and explored its depths with the aid of a lantern. Miyamoto has referred to the creation of the Zelda games as an attempt to bring to life a “miniature garden” for players to play with in each game of the series.
Hearing of American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda, Miyamoto thought the name sounded “pleasant and significant”. Paying tribute, he chose to name the princess after her, and titled his creation The Legend of Zelda.” – Wikipedia
July 25, 2013