As of December 2011, The Legend of Zelda franchise has sold 67.93 million copies since the release of the first game, with the original Legend of Zelda being the fourth best selling NES game of all time. The series consists of 16 official games on all of Nintendo’s major consoles, as well as several spin-offs. Continue reading to see thirteen cool tattoos.

The Legend of Zelda was principally inspired by Shigeru Miyamoto’s explorations as a young boy in the hillsides surrounding his childhood home in Sonobe, Japan where he ventured into forests with secluded lakes, caves, and rural villages. According to Miyamoto, one of his most memorable experiences was the discovery of a cave entrance in the middle of the woods. After some hesitation, he apprehensively entered the cave, and explored its depths with the aid of a lantern.

Miyamoto has referred to the creation of the Zelda games as an attempt to bring to life a “miniature garden” for players to play with in each game of the series. Hearing of American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda, Miyamoto thought the name sounded “pleasant and significant”. Paying tribute, he chose to name the princess after her, and titled his creation The Legend of Zelda.

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