Gamers of the world rejoice! Streaming content provider Netflix is reportedly considering bringing to life Nintendo’s blockbuster video game series The Legend of Zelda, second only to Mario in terms of Nintendo character recognition, as a live-action series. Imagine the pitch: it’s a kid friendly Game of Thrones!
The Legend of Zelda originally focused on Link, a young boy on a quest to rescue the Princess Zelda, in the mythical land of Hyrule. Subsequent games have broadened the game’s mythology.
While an official announcement is yet to come from either Netflix or Nintendo, the venture would be well-timed as Netflix plans to launch its service in Nintendo’s home country of Japan later this year. It could certainly do worse than the Zelda series in terms of name recognition. Since launching the first title – The Legend of Zelda – in 1987, the series has spawned a total of 17 games and inspired an animated TV series in 1989.
A Zelda series would join Netflix’s other kid-friendly properties including a remake of Magic School Bus and A Series of Unfortunate Events.