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The Legend of Zelda

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The Legend of Zelda
Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Producer Shigeru Miyamoto
Director(s) Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka
Release date Famicom(JP): February 21st, 1986
NES(US): July, 1987
NES(EUR): November 15th, 1987
Collector's Edition
GC(JP): March 18th, 2004
GC(EUR): November 17th, 2003
Classic NES series
GBA (JP): February 14th, 2004
GBA(EUR): June 7th, 2004
Genre Action Adventure
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) ESRB: E (GBA Version)
Platform(s) Famicom, NES, Gameboy Advance, Gamecube

The Legend of Zelda was one of the flagship titles for the NES in the late 1980s. It established the Zelda series that continues today and created the Action/Adventure subgenre of games.


Zelda is played from a top-down perspective. The player controls Link, the protagonist, and has command of an array of weapons obtained throughout the game. These weapons include a sword, boomerang, bow, candle, bombs, magic rod, and spellbook. After traversing the nine dungeons, Link must defeat the evil Ganon and save Princess Zelda.


Although it was the first game released, most timeline theories place LoZ toward the end of the Zelda history, as ALttP and OoT were meant to be its prequels.

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