Well that’s….. unexpected.
The Zelda series is one of the longest running video game franchises in history, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017. As such the series has splintered off into other media like cartoons, manga, orchestral concerts and more. Well get ready, because Zelda is going in a direction you may not have ever expected, an actual real life escape room. Nintendo announced plans today to partner with an escape room company called Scrap and make a series of Zelca escape rooms in cities across the U.S., as part of a limited tour.
Nintendo says the experience will differ a bit from the usual escape room, as players will have to band together to solve a mystery within a wide open area rather than escaping from a locked room. The company shared more details in a short video and press release,
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“Instead of escaping from a locked room, participants work in teams of six to solve a mystery in a huge area, all within a set time limit. The experience will let guests interact with classic items and characters seen in The Legend of Zelda series like the Goron, Zora and Kokiri tribes. Discovered items can be used to solve puzzles and move forward into other areas, just like in The Legend of Zelda games.”
The rooms will officially begin to open in January 2017, and Nintendo has already announced a few of the cities that they’ll be coming to.
- San Francisco – Jan. 31-Feb. 5
- Los Angeles – Feb. 10-12
- San Diego – Feb. 24-25
- Seattle – TBA
- Phoenix – TBA
- Houston – TBA
- Chicago – TBA
- New York – TBA
Would you be interested in visiting a Zelda escape room? What other plans do you think the company may have in store for the series’ 30th anniversary? Leave a comment down below and let us know.