Nintendo is celebrating 127 years in business today, and over all of those decades (and especially the last three), they've left an incredible mark on the world. Nintendo characters like Mario and Donkey Kong are household names, and the company's vast catalog of memorable and innovative games have touched millions of lives, bringing joy to children of all ages around the world. Of all of Nintendo's franchises, which one has had the biggest impact on your life?

For me, the obvious and easy choice is The Legend of Zelda. The long-running series has been my favorite for as long as I can remember, stretching all the way back to my days playing A Link to the Past as a small child. All these years later, I'm still excitedly (perhaps more than ever before) and eagerly anticipating the release of the next new Zelda game, Breath of the Wild.

Aside from the joy of playing the games themselves, Zelda has played a huge role in my career. Long before I was part of Gamnesia, I got my start doing volunteer work as an editorial writer and forum moderator at a variety of Zelda fansites. While working with Zelda Dungeon sister site GenGAME, I even had the opportunity to interview Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma, who was quite surprised to learn that I, as an American, did not hate Tingle.

The Legend of Zelda has been a huge part of my life for many years now, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. What Nintendo franchises have impacted you? Share your stories in the comments below!