House Republicans Attempt Zelda Reference, Fuck It Up

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House Republicans put out a thing today on tax reform, and for reasons unknown, they built the entire thing around a Zelda reference.

The Legend of Zelda series is Nintendo’s best-selling video game franchise enjoyed by more than two generations of gamers. The action-adventure game was released in 1986, only one year after Nintendo’s founding in 1985.

And you know what else was released in 1986? Yeah, you do. The last major reform to the American tax code was signed into law in 1986.


Nintendo was founded in 1889.

UPDATE: The page has been taken down.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs


“What do the legend of Zelda and the American Tax Code have in common?”

...that the only way to actually earn Rupees is the violent redistribution of wealth by coming into your homes and smashing your shit?

...that 1% who have the most rupees hide them in pots and tall grass (HEDGE FUNDS GET IT!?) rather than putting them into circulation in the economy to stimulate growth?

...that your administration is so *fucking* incompetent you can’t even get a video game reference right?