Evolution of The Legend of ZELDA [1986-2023]

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Published 2023-02-25
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The Legend of Zelda is one of the most loved franchises in the world, with the release of Tears of the Kingdom, it’s time for the Evolution of The Legend of Zelda!

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00:00 Intro
00:59 Origins
04:02 The Legend of Zelda (1986)
06:40 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1987)
09:35 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)
12:48 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993)
15:11 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
19:34 The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (2000)
22:00 The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Oracle of Ages (2001)
22:56 The Legend of Zelda: The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (2002)
24:12 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002)
28:13 The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (2004)
29:54 The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (2004)
31:20 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006)
35:44 The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (2007)
37:01 The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (2009)
38:30 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (2011)
42:07 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (2013)
44:25 The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (2015)
46:18 The Legend of Zelda: Zelda Spin-Offs
51:14 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
58:51 The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
01:00:45 Squarespace (sponsorship)

Credits
The Legend of Zelda 1986:    • The Legend of Zelda 1986 Nes No Comme...  
by RetroGame

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks - Trailer:    • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Re...  
Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition:    • Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Editio...  
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes Trailer:    • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes...  
by IGN

The Legend of Zelda 1986:    • The Legend of Zelda 1986 Nes No Comme...  
Super Mario Brothers:    • Super Mario Brothers - NES - Full Pla...  
Zelda II - The Adventure of Link:    • Zelda II - The Adventure of Link - HD...  
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past:    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Pa...  
Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening (Color):    • Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening DX -...  
by RetroGame

Silent Princess Cutscene:    • Breath of the Wild - Silent Princess ...  
by Myron Reyes

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time:    • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time ...  
by Alberto Guzman

Robin Williams & Zelda:    • The Legend of Zelda : Robin Williams ...  
by Nintendo3DSuk

Zelda Ocarina of Time:    • Zelda Ocarina of Time 100% Walkthroug...  
Zelda Majora's Mask:    • Zelda Majora's Mask 100% Walkthrough ...  
Zelda Twilight Princess:    • Zelda Twilight Princess Wii 100% Walk...  
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword:    • Zelda Skyward Sword HD 60FPS 100% Wal...  
by ZorZelda

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time:    • Nintendo 64 Longplay [004] The Legend...  
by World of Longplays

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD:    • Zelda Skyward Sword HD - 100% Walkthr...  
by ZeldaCentral

The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Special Orchestra:    • [Feature] The Recording of The Legend...  
by NintenDaanNC

Zelda - A Link to the past | Gameboy Advance:    • Zelda - A Link to the past | Gameboy ...  
by MGT

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening:    • The Legend of Zelda:  Link's Awakenin...  
by Tsunao the Faker

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2:    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wi...  
by GameSpot

The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Seasons/Oracle of Ages:    • Video  
by Numeric Theories

Majora's Mask - Terrible Fate:    • Majora's Mask - Terrible Fate  
by Ember Lab

Zelda: The Wind Waker: youtube.com/live/LrCQd1OxaPc?feature=share
by Speejays 2

The Legend of Zelda Four Swords:    • The Legend of Zelda Four Swords Walkt...  
by KevinZeF

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap:    • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap -...  
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks:    • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks - ...  
by Archive 64

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD:    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker H...  
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass:    • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglas...  
by Noire Blue

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds:    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between W...  
by packattack04082

Zelda Triforce Heroes:    • Zelda Triforce Heroes Walkthrough Par...  
Zelda Breath of the Wild:    • Zelda Breath of the Wild Walkthrough ...  
by BeardBear

Excuse me, Princess!:    • Excuse me, Princess!  
by kittykatstar

Link vs Pit:    • Link vs Pit [ANIME]  
by Indigo Babies

The Zelda CDi Reanimated Collab VS Original:    • The Zelda CDi Reanimated Collab VS Or...  
by Zelda CDi Reanimated

Zelda : The wand of Gamelon:    • Zelda : The wand of Gamelon - CDI - I...  
by the 7th gamer

Hyrule Warriors:    • Hyrule Warriors (Switch) - All Charac...  
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity:    • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Al...  
by Nintendo Unity

Zelda: BOTW-900 Korok Seeds Reward:    • Zelda: BOTW (900 Korok Seeds Reward /...  
by Nassi

Light World & Dark World:    • Light World & Dark World  
by Pixels Lw

Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Trailer:    • Video  
by GameXplain

The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes:    • 15 Minutes of The Legend of Zelda: Tr...  
by Polygon

All Comments (21)
  • @Zazzaro703
    People just can’t understand how insane that first Zelda was unless you were there at release. Going from Atari, intellevision and collecovision to a game that was big enough that you needed to save progress. Blew my 7 year old mind. It’s why to this day I explore every corner of the map because I burned every bush, bombed every wall and pushed every grave 10xs over.
  • I’m forever grateful there’s a channel like yours I love it! Good job flatlife!
  • @danandtab7463
    I love hearing about the inspirations for some of these games. I was 8 years old when first shown NES Zelda and it was mind blowing.
  • @rikublaze
    The reason Link is my favorite VG protagonist is for the fact that besides getting new items , link is just raw strength. No super form, no power ups , no goddess summons... Just a Dude has a sword, a shield, and a mission.
  • @OddOlly
    I absolutely love the depth you go into and how I can just let these videos of things I love roll for hours!! Great job guys
  • @SamRegan610
    Aside from the mispronunciation of Gerudo (hard G, Urbosa says it multiple times in BotW), this is a fantastic recap of my favorite video game series. Masterfully done!
  • Flatlife should have millions of subscribers! So much effort was put in, and it deserves to be seen!
  • @metagod_
    I remember when I had just discovered your channel when you had around 30k subscribers! Your channel still slaps to this day.
  • 1:00:03 I SWEAR I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT THIS WAS A 1 HR VIDEO!!! I thought this was a 22-24 or maybe even 30 min video X)
  • @chris_h1990
    I've been a fan of the Zelda games since I first played A Link to the Past on the Super Nintendo. Each game feels like I'm being reintroduced to the franchise. Breath of the Wild was a breath of fresh air in my opinion.
  • You always make me smile when you release another video! Goed gedaan! 😉
  • @GamingintheAM0801
    An impressive thing about Link to the Past is that it stayed on Nintendo's "Top Games" list every month for literal years after it released, even after the N64 and Ocarina of Time had come out. It stayed relevant throughout the entirety of the SNES' life cycle and a few years into the next console generation. It had incredible staying power.
  • @hugovega8034
    Awesome vid. I'm actually hurt finding out about Majora's Mask "failure". No doubt Ocarina is Top 1, but Majora is easily my Top 2, being young link and being able to ride Epona was my dream as a kid. As well as turning into a Rockstar Fish with the Zora Mask and finally converting into powerful adult Link thanks to Fierce Deity's Mask. Awesome. But at the end, Majora's lack of sales was because it came to close to the release of Ocarina. Players where still trapped in the Water Temple from Ocarina and had no time to go and buy Majora's Mask.
  • @MiichaeI
    That music just brings back so many memories.
  • @Maxs2535
    Another banger video! great work flatlife
  • @kingvr_13
    I’m mad this man deserves AT LEAST 3.5 million subs. Like these videos are quality