New PBS Game/Show asks if Zelda exploits our nostalgia for profit

When you pick up a new Zelda game, such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, there are certain things you automatically expect. A little elven lad in a green tunic? Check. Fractured shard of a magical triangle? Check. Wacking chickens with your sword until they gang-tackle you? Check. The Zelda series is bursting at the seams with quaint little callbacks and shout-outs to previous Zelda games—oftentimes ones we played in our childhood, ergo creating a perfect storm of nostalgia. But is Nintendo exploiting our fond early memories to hook us into a Zelda machine that churns out an endless cycle of whimsy? And if so, is that a necessarily a bad thing?

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