The Legend Of Zelda Was Planned On These Sheets Of Paper

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There’s something about analog development materials. Take, for example, these Legend of Zelda original design documents. Hand drawn on paper, they are still a sight to see.

Nintendo UK recently uploaded a host of these originals on its official site.

Here is Takashi Tezuka’s skull room drawing, with a comparison to how it appeared in game.

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Another one from Tezuka.

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This drawing was done by Shigeru Miyamoto.

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He did a nice job of coloring the walls! Oh, and making this game.

Check out this world map and more drawings below:

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.