The Legend of Zelda

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The Legend of Zelda
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"It's dangerous to go alone. Take This!"
Genre: Action
Platforms: Famicom Disk System
Nintendo Entertainment System
Wii U (through Virtual Console)
Release Date: February 21, 1986
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Franchise: The Legend of Zelda
Previous Game: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (chronologically)
Next Game: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

The Legend of Zelda, subtitled The Hyrule Fantasy in its original Japanese release, is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo and designed by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka.


Set in the fantasy land of Hyrule, the plot centers on a boy named Link, the playable protagonist, who aims to collect the eight fragments of the Triforce of Wisdom in order to rescue Princess Zelda from the antagonist Ganon.

Why It Rocks

  1. A vast open world which can be explored freely.
  2. A big variety of overworld and dungeon enemies.
  3. Many dungeons or mazes which provide many challenges and puzzles.
  4. A save feature allows to save the game at anytime, thus eliminating the outdated and annoying password system.
  5. Up to three save files can be created.
  6. Upon finishing the game a Second Quest becomes available, with a completely changed overworld and dungeon locations.
  7. Many weapons, such as a boomerang, bow & arrows, a magic wand, etc.
  8. A lengthy adventure game that can take up to 10 hours to finish.
  9. Naming the protagonist "Zelda" unlocks the Second Quest from the beginning.
  10. The game changed adventure games even today.

Bad Qualities

  1. Unless you have a map or memorized the whole game you'll get lost, a lot.
  2. This is the origin of the infamous low health beep.
  3. The game heavily relies on trial and error as well exploration (specially the latter) so meaning unless you have the time and patience, it's almost impossible to beat the game without a guide.
  4. Whenever you die, no matter how many hearts you have, you always respawn with three.


The Legend of Zelda was a bestseller for Nintendo, selling over 6.5 million copies. It is often featured in lists of games considered the greatest or most influential and is regarded as a spiritual forerunner of the role-playing video game genre. Mike Matei of Cinemassacre fame ranks it as his all time favorite NES game.