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

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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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22 August 1987 (USA)  »

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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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a childhood favorite still holds a strong fan-base and admiration for the original 20 year later
22 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just thought I'd put in a few cents on this video game masterpiece, as I rarely pipe in about video games (I rarely play them anymore). Somehow, likely as much for nostalgia as for pure enjoyment, The Legend of Zelda for the original Nintendo Entertainment System (and now available on the Game Boy Advance XP in the 'classics' edition un-changed), is one of the all-time great RPG's ever. It's relatively simple, and for some it's probably winnable and over-and-done with in a night's playing. But there's something addictive too about playing such with such simplicity and (by today's standards) primitive kind of software. The whole task of the game is to get more coins, get more hearts, defeat dragons and dancing fires and ghosts and red/blue knights and so on, in order for Link to save the title character. Whether or not this is the very first Zelda game I'd leave to research, but it is the first that really broke through and has a lasting impact as also being the very first that one could save their game on NES. In other words, if you get tired, save and come back to it, and keep on playing to get all the triangles and top level 9. As someone who has a definite bias from having played the game for nearly my entire life (ever since Nintendo first came into my life and now on Game Boy), it goes without saying that I recommend it to those who may have forgotten it in the smoke of the several new Nintendo systems and even the new (possibly better) Zelda games. But even to the younger ones who already have Playstation 3.14, it's worth a try to get a glimpse of the really nifty days when all you had was a sword, 2-D, and some very typical- in a good way- music for the show. It's a treasure of its time.

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