The House Republicans tried to combine The Legend of Zelda and tax policy today, and unsurprisingly, nothing came of it but a steaming pile of dubious food. In a short memo outlining what the House was proposing in the way of tax reforms, someone who obviously had never picked up a controller before and assuredly thinks that Zelda is a young boy in green clothes typed up some gems that perhaps could have done with a little fact checking:

“The Legend of Zelda series is Nintendo’s best-selling video game franchise enjoyed by more than two generations of gamers. The action-adventure game was released in 1986, only one year after Nintendo’s founding in 1985. And you know what else was released in 1986? Yeah, you do. The last major reform to the American tax code was signed into law in 1986.”

Not only is Zelda not Nintendo’s best selling franchise, but the company had existed for almost a century beforehand. Unfortunately, someone in the GOP must gave realized their blunder, and the post was taken down almost as soon as it went up. Anyone (un?)lucky enough to have read it that has any screenshots, please feel free to share.

Source: House Republicans (via Kotaku)

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  • Shane Tk

    How dare they insult Nintendo

  • Christian Beach

    I think politicians on both sides should just leave any and all references to video games out of their profession. It just does not sit well.

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  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    Someone surely feels like a jackass right now.

  • Jebradiah Drake

    “A steaming pile of dubious food”, nice

  • hii hehe

    Don’t tell Thomas Foolery – he effin’ loves republicans

  • InfinityD4

    I never thought I could hate Republicans More.

  • Blake Wigert

    Keep your day job ZI, keep politics out of gaming.

    • Blackbaldrik

      The politician that typed this hilariously misinformed mess brought the politics to gaming, not ZI.
      ZI simply reported on it, because it has to do with the Zelda series, and is as I just mentioned: “hilariously misinformed.”

  • Jonathan Ritz

    Okay, I think the “blindly hate all Republicans” effect is clouding everyone’s appreciation of grammar.

    It starts by introducing LoZ as “…Nintendo’s best-selling video game franchise…” which IS true. It IS a franchise that belongs to Nintendo, and it IS best-selling. The statement doesn’t claim that it is THE best selling game of all time, just that it IS best-selling. Like a novel on The NY Times “bestseller” list.

    The second statement, while factually incorrect if referencing Nintendo as a whole, isn’t very far off when considering Nintendo of America and the NES ( Nintendo didn’t make a splash on the US market until 1985, with the NES release.

    So yes, it’s worded badly. But that doesn’t mean a hate-storm is in order for Republicans. After all, Democrats has said far worse, and about subjects far more important. There’s plenty of well-earned ire to go around on both sides.

    But enough politics in Zelda…why can’t we acknowledge that the influence of LoZ is so ingrained in American society that a major political party which holds the Congress, Senate, and White House has used it to make a policy point?

    • Midnafan

      If it was really that ingrained in our society their point would have made sense/been more obvious. Most people who pay attention and care about the tax code probably have no clue what The Legend of Zelda is. This is all this really is

    • Nick

      honestly this article would be exactly the same if democrats made an awkward gesture towards The Youth. this has nothing to do with partisanship and everything to do with the gap between politicians and the youth vote–hillary was likewise lambasted for her weird attempts at connection as well throughout the tenure of her campaign. we can all sit back and have a laugh at the awkwardness–there’s no need to succumb to the equally as dangerous “blindly defend all republicans” effect that compelled you to draft such a thorough rebuke; idek if you’re a republican, you may very well just be being fair for fair’s sake, but we don’t really need several contentions on why the freakin’ grammar needs to be appreciated.

  • Joakim

    The disregard for facts aside…
    What I don’t understand is the point they’re tyring to get across.
    Zelda came out in America at a similar time as a tax reform? So… What?
    That it’s a long time ago? (The way the paragraph was formulated made it seem like they tried to claim the two were connected somehow.)

  • I feel sad to admit that I could probably recite the entire Hyrulean history/timeline by memory, but have no idea what a “Tax code” is. 😛