House GOP Tries to Compare 'Zelda' to U.S. Tax Code and Fails
Sometimes, when a brand or organization tries to appeal to a younger audience through social media, it fails spectacularly. Case in point: yesterday, the House Republican Conference tried to use The Legend of Zelda to promote the American Tax Code.
"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," House Republicans wrote on its official site (edit: it looks like they've removed the post since this story was written). "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 this a ham-fisted way to get people to care about tax reform, it's factually incorrect. As Ars Technica points out, Nintendo was founded in 1889, not 1985. And Zelda is not its biggest selling franchise. That honor goes to a certain plumber. The House Republican Conference corrected its post, but not before the Internet had its share of fun.