It's been 30 years since we first visited the land of Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda. With Link's latest adventure, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, arriving in 2017, we thought we'd take a look at what's changed—and what's stayed the same—since the NES days.
The Old Man
Early on in both games, you meet an old man. In the original, he gives you a sword, uttering the now famous words "It's dangerous to go alone! Take this."
In the new game, he doesn't give you a sword, but does share his torches and baked apples—what a guy! In order to get weapons, you'll need to find them yourself, either by scavenging or taking them from enemies in battle—it's up to you to survive.
In the original, there was a spot with two big stone formations, called Spectacle Rock because it looked a bit like a pair of eyeglasses.
You can find this location in the new game too, although these boulders now seem to have grown into a pair of towering mountains!
Do you remember the little raft you used to cross rivers in the original game? Well, they're an important part of the new game too, allowing you to cross treacherous, icy-cold waters. These new rafts have sails, though, so you'll need to provide some wind power to set off across the water. Luckily, Link has just the thing to get moving.
You may recall a skull-shaped dungeon in the original game. Well, the bad guys got an upgrade in the new game, turning a big, skull-like cave into an imposing fortress. Link, however, has a knack for finding an enemy's weak spot—in this case, a precarious lantern that might be shot down with a carefully aimed arrow.
Rumor has it there are even more connections between the original The Legend of Zelda and the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It'll be fun trying to find them all when the game is finally released in 2017!
Note: screenshots taken from the Japanese versions of The Legend of Zelda and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.