PlayDevil.com just posted an article drawing a parallel between The Legend of Zelda and The Hero's Journey from Joseph Campbell and Christopher Vogler
"Is it possible that this legend has been around longer than Miyamoto's childhood? Joseph Campbell believes that certain archetypes are at some point present in all of us, trough several cultures, thus creating greater imersion, being the material that makes a good story a great story.
"The Hero's Journey", as it's called, is a twelve stage process that will take these wimps... I mean, candidates, to become what they're suposed to be, heroes!"