The Legend of Zelda has been a fan favourite game ever since it first appeared in the late 80s on the NES, so it would be a fair assumption to say that many gamers, developers and game designers have been inspired by the green-clad hero of time. From fan-made art, Kickstarter movie projects and a musical concert tour, The Legend of Zelda has been the main source of inspiration for many individuals. And with the Wind Waker HD edition due out in less than a month, along with the November release for A Link Between Worlds, Link's adventures won't be grinding to a halt any time soon. From its initial launch on the NES, the franchise soared in popularity during the late 90s when Ocarina of Time was announced for Nintendo's sixth generation console the GameCube. Ocarina of Time went onto critical acclaim and is often hailed as the pinnacle of the series, shifting approximately 2.5 million in 1998. Over 26 years, Nintendo has continued to raise the bar in both aesthetic design and gameplay and has released a combination of 18 separate Zelda games, with numbers 19 and 20 cresting the waves to the Wii U and 3DS. So with the abundance of Zelda titles on offer, why does the gaming industry feel compelled to cash-in on the franchise by giving us more Zelda-esque battles and gameplay? There have been a slew of games that have tried to copy some with success, others not so much the series' notoriety and appeal, resulting in truly inspirational titles such as Okami and 3D Dot Game Heroes. But how much inspiration is just too much? And when does a game go from merely referential to a downright rip-off? From the fiery pits of a dungeon, the forgotten sands of time and those perilous water levels that we never want to relive ever again, here are five games that shamelessly ripped off The Legend of Zelda.
With a love for postmodern literature and black and white movies, Colette is a stickler for those artistic films with a weird and wonderful vibe. But she also loves her mainstream cinema and will devour any superhero movie like a comic-book nerd. She currently works as a news editor for a gaming website, specialising in all things Mario, and a film aficionado for What Culture.