This may be a long shot, but I’m dying to know. Does anyone know some of the influences for The Legend of Zelda? (The overall concept, not one “episode” or “adventure”) Are there any religions, myths or cultures that Zelda Emulates? Some key points that I wonder about; The “Tri-Force”, The use of a Red Eagle (or other type of bird) on Links sheild. The Three Gods that formed the Tri-force… I know the Name Epona has roots in myths… what else? Why exactly are Rupees the currency of choice in the game? Is there any signifigance to the Eyeball in the Hand… as represented by a Boss? (Wind Waker, Roughly before half way through the game)
I love the game and the franchise, but I doubt Nintendo came up with all of the aspects alone.