Boss Rush Banter: Which Franchise Had a Bigger Impact: Zelda or Final Fantasy?

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Two juggernaut fantasy franchises have come head to head: Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy. Both are long-standing series that were created in the late eighties and flourished throughout the decades, releasing smash hit after of smash hit.

The Legend of Zelda was first released in 1986 on the Famicom and NES. They have about nineteen games over the span of thirty-five years (this number excludes HD remakes and collector’s editions), and is one of Nintendo’s staple IPs. Link is the famous hero of the game, his name hypothesized as meaning a “link” to the player. This franchise never shied away from changing up game and art styles such as top-down, side-scrolling, and cell-shaded.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time introduced the Z-targeting mechanic. It also featured context-sensitive gameplay and a companion, Navi, who guided the player on where to venture next. Soon, the franchise exploded, complete with…

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