Lost Zelda screenshot reveals NES classic was almost in first-person with a dungeon select screen
Nintendo might have rewritten the book on open-ended design, but recent discoveries show that this almost wasn’t the game. The Hyrule Encylopedia has uploaded a long-lost screenshot from before the game was released, and the early build shows a much different game. For one, it was a first-person exploration game, more similar to Might and Magic or Etrian Odyssey for today’s audiences. The genre was very popular back then in Japan, and Nintendo very well might have been trying to capitalize on that popularity.