Death Mountain from ‘Legend of Zelda’ is Probably in Wyoming
Whether you are a gamer or not, you've probably heard of the video game franchise, Zelda. For most, it began with the Legend of Zelda on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Now some 30 years later, a Reddit user has discovered that Hyrule and Death Mountain look a lot like Grand Teton National Park.
The illustration in the bottom half of the picture comes from the original Legend of Zelda booklet printed in 1986. It is Link as he approaches Death Mountain. The top part of the picture is some goofball in the Grand Teton National Park.
The Reddit post states "This guy found Hyrule." (Hyrule is the town which the plot of the Zelda games centers.) With the two images next to each other, it is easy to see that some of the imagery from Zelda could be parts of the Cowboy State. The meandering Snake River is easy to spot. The jagged cliffs are a match to the Upper, Middle, and Grand Teton. The hills and valleys even match.
Movies from Close Encounter of the Third Kind, Stormship Troopers, the Good Dinosaur use the landscapes of Wyoming in their narrative. But confirmation that the classic Legend of Zelda used parts of the Cowboy State would be a pop-culture win for the state.
Since the release of the new The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, this illustration of Link walking towards Death Mountain is making the rounds. As reported by NintendoLife.com, the new game is paying homage to the original title. Could that mean buried in the miles of landscape in Breath of the Wild, we could find more images inspired by Wyoming? Nintendo has not confirmed that the image of Death Mountain is the Grand Teton range, but the proof is in the picture. What do you think?