“The Legend of Zelda,” alongside heavy hitters “Super Mario” and “Pokémon,” is one of Nintendo’s most successful franchises since the titular game debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986. The series stars the protagonist Link, who fights to save Princess Zelda and save their home of Hyrule against the villain Ganon. The franchise continued across different Nintendo video game consoles with several critically acclaimed entries, including “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to The Past” on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, “The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker” on the GameCube, and the far more recent “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” on the Switch.
While “The Legend of Zelda” has been a mainstay in the video game world for decades, there have been few tries to spin it off into other media outside of some manga adaptations. For one, there was an oft-forgotten 13-episode American cartoon attached to the end of 1989’s “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!” and based on the first game. However, with Nintendo doing well with “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” the company appears ready to adapt another one of its most iconic IPs. Wes Ball, a longtime fan of the franchise, seems to be a great choice to direct the film, as he’s had aspirations to do so for over a decade. It will be fascinating to see what “The Legend of Zelda” movie may look like.