ZD writes: Being that The Legend of Zelda is one of the longest running and widely known series among hardcore gamers and casual players alike, it has become something of an icon in the video game industry. Almost anyone who has ever owned a Nintendo console has played or at least seen a Zelda game in the past. Over the twenty five year long history Zelda has become a household name in video gaming. It is no coincidence that many characters, themes, and even gameplay mechanics have reappeared in various forms in other media. Sometimes games directly pull elements from the series, and other times Zelda themes and characters appear as parodies or Easter Eggs in the background. The large number of references and appearances show that the series has become a recognized name in not only video games but in pop culture in general.