The Legend of Zelda (1986)
"The Hyrule fantasy: Zeruda no densetsu" (original title)

Video Game  -  Action | Animation | Fantasy  -  22 August 1987 (USA)
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This is the story of a young boy named link that must save princess Zelda from the evil, demonic Ganon. However Ganon puts a spell on his lair and link must find the 3 pieces of the ... See full summary »


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This is the story of a young boy named link that must save princess Zelda from the evil, demonic Ganon. However Ganon puts a spell on his lair and link must find the 3 pieces of the triforce, a golden triangle with mystical powers. Eventually Link gets the triforce and learns that Ganon can only be defeated with a shot from the magical silver arrows. Written by Antonio fernandez

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Experience the challenge of endless adventure. See more »

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First console game that allowed the player to save their progress. See more »


In one of the dungeons, you will receive a hint that the enemy Pols Voice dislikes noise - yet blowing the whistle does nothing to hurt the enemy. The Famicom (the original Japanese version of the NES) had a microphone, and the player could make noise in it to kill these enemies. As the American NES aborted this feature, this was not possible. Nintendo went ahead and translated this hint verbatim, but because of the lack of a microphone in the American NES, it no longer made any sense and was often misinterpreted. See more »


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One Of The Greatest Video-Games Of All-Time.
21 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read somewhere in a magazine that "The Legend Of Zelda (1986)" is one of the greatest video-games of all-time. I wouldn't be shocked if it was the greatest. It is certainly my favorite video-game. I have played thousands of video-games, and this easily tops them all. Old games and new. This game has no genre of the tops, it tops all of the genres.

I remember crying when I was seven years old because my kid brother (who was about 3) deleted my Link. As I look back on that moment, to this day, it still seems logical to cry, because as a little boy, I put a lot of work into getting where I was. I think anybody, old and young, puts a lot of work into "The Legend Of Zelda (1986)". You spend so much time playing this game, and the game grows on you more and more. This game kind of becomes a part of your life. A classic never dies, my friend; and neither does a legend. :) It took me over five years to beat both of the quests together, while at the same time I was using Game Genie and a Walkthrough for some of it. This game is for the PROS ONLY! The score is unforgettable; I love the music so much. There is not one thing wrong with this game. I find it very shocking that they could've fit all this data into a NES game. 10/10. I don't think I'll ever see a video game, that tops this one.

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