The Zelda saga is cataloged in many places as an action adventure with fantasy elements, but could it be considered an RPG (Role Playing Game)? It is an interesting question about which, in fact, the same Shigeru Miyamoto gave his version in 1992, during an interview with the British publication The Electric Brain.
When the interviewer asked for a definition of Zelda to Miyamoto, this sentence follows: “Zelda is a type of adventure with a certain sense of RPG, or an RPG with some action touches.”
Zelda is a type of adventure with a certain sense of RPG, or an RPG with some action touchesMiyamotoThis was one of the most prolific pieces of Electric Brain magazine, in which other interesting details can be read, concerning The development of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Miyamoto sentenced by then that Nintendo did not have staff capable of working for many hours in the same video game. So, they started with a small team, planning the project.
” A handful of people worked in this Zelda for a year, and then we added more people to complete it in an additional eight months, “Miyamoto sentenced. For the creative, this was the ideal way to proceed. From experience, I have said that many people were not necessary in the early stages of development: “This phase corresponds to, above all, to establishing the general lines of the videogame and to experimentation.”
On the question of what is and what is not on RPG videogame we made a special report a few weeks ago. What do you think? Is Zelda an RPG? Do you agree with the version that Miyamoto gave in this interview?