The Legend Of Zelda is one of Nintendo's greatest franchises and with good reason. Following the journey of Link, players get to explore the world of Hyrule in ways never truly seen before. Each game offers a bit of magic that makes fans eager to play more. Whether official or otherwise. However, with long-running franchises, there is always some form of change that is made to the series formula. Elements that have stuck around to the test of time and continues to revolutionize the franchise.

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Here are the ways that the series has changed over the years, while also explaining how the series has stayed the same.

10 Different: 2D to 3D

The Legend Of Zelda A Link To The Past on Game Boy Advance

One of the easiest comparisons made between the generations of Zelda games is the evolution from 2D to 3D gameplay.  For a while, the 2D gameplay of The Legend Of Zelda was already considered by many to be the pinnacle of the franchise. Reaching its absolute peak with The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past.

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However, by the release of The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time, the series has skyrocketed in a way that almost never turned back. And from there, it only continued to evolve in new and exciting ways. Trying new stories and characters in order to enrich the Zelda universe.

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The central conflict between these three core characters has been present ever since the original Legend Of Zelda on the NES. Although their forms and character have changed over the years, whether by generation or by literal incarnation. The fight between the three of them will always remain eternal. So long as the spirit of the hero, the blood of the goddess and the hatred of demise still runs strong.

8 Different: More Story And Lore

The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask

An inevitability with a franchise like this one, with each new game, that the series puts in, more and more things about the world start to get developed. Whether it is bolder takes on the world of Hyrule or potential conflicts that happened with war. Everything helps to give things more context to the series in a way that it has never gone before. Something that is really special for any series.

7 Same: Items To Use

Hylian Shield

One of the most prominent elements about the Legend Of Zelda is the vast variety of new equipment that Link can use at his disposal. From day one, the character has used a vast variety of weapons that have helped him on his quest. Of course, there are many items that the character has used that have stuck around for a long time. Elements like the Hylian shield or Master Sword.

6 Different: Bolder Directions

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild

The Legend Of Zelda has always been known for going into bold directions. After all, they have established the conversion between 2D and 3D pretty effortlessly. However, for a while, a formula was established with the 3D games. But by the release of Breath Of The Wild, the series seems to have undergone another evolution that went back to its roots. Something that is somewhat rare with franchises.

5 Same: Fantasy Setting

Legend of Zelda Breath of The Wild Lookout

The Legend Of Zelda has always had a strong fantasy setting. Although certain elements of the world have changed over the years, the main stance of its fantasy setting has thankfully remained intact. However, that doesn't mean it remains the same for generations as technology has been utilized within the series. Advancing in ways that haven't been seen before like the Shiekah technology.

4 Different: The World Of Hyrule

NES Original Legend Of Zelda Link Sword Slash

The world of Hyrule is a large place. Full of different types of biomes and distinct types of species. However, due to the many games that have come out over the years,  Hyrule itself has changed quite significantly. From the architecture to the general area. However, this has a lot to do with the multiple timelines that Zelda is a part of, as depending on which one player play, Hyrule will look very different.

Age of Calamity Link

Within the Legend Of Zelda, there have been many elements of the series that has changed. However, with that being said, some things have stayed the same such as a silent Link. The character has always been mute for the longest time. The only real development the character has was his grunting and expressions. However, because of all the years, he has been a character has him becoming an important character in gaming.

2 Different: New Worlds To Visit

The Legend Of Zelda Twilight Princess

Throughout the series, it has visited all different types of Hyrule. All of them being somewhat unique thanks to the timelines that have been made throughout the series. That and the art styles really helped to keep the experiences somewhat fresh.

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However, ever since games like A Link To The Past, Link has visited new types of worlds on top of Hyrule. Each of which has a different flavor that allows for an even more unique experience. Time will tell when the next unique world will show later in the series.

1 Same: The Feeling Of Adventure

The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
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By far its greatest strength in the series is the feeling of adventure. From day one, the goal of The Legend Of Zelda was to give players the experience of truly visiting worlds. Similar in a way to JRPGs and other RPGs but in a much more different way.

With each outing giving a new flavor to the series, this core trait of the franchise has remained intact. Easily becoming one of its biggest strengths and allowing the series to stand up to a variety of video game giants. All of this allows the Legend Of Zelda to truly become legendary.

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