The Legend of Zelda, the beginning of the whole phenomenon, turned out to be one of the most popular videogames of all time, when it was released way back in 1986. It was originally a flagship title for the Famicom and named 'Hyrule Destiny' with the name changed to 'The Legend of Zelda' when it was released on the NES a year later. The whole concept and design was a revolution in RPG gaming, from the top-down overhead view, to the vastness of the world in which the game took place. It also has the fame of being the first ever battery-backed up Game Pak, which meant now that players could save their progress at any time and return to the game when they wished. Combining action with puzzles, it brought a new depth to video games unseen before.
Videogame fans in Japan, Europe and America went crazy for this new kind of game, making it equally as popular as the already well known Super Mario Bros. series. Not only the first game to include a save function, but also the first video game to sell over 1 million copies! The game was re-released several times until around 1992, due to its immense popularity. It is recognised as a great gaming classic, and rightly so. The Legend of Zelda brought a whole new world of possibilities to the RPG genre, and anyone who still happens to own a working copy of this game is extremely lucky, in my opinion!
The game was later released on the GameCube as part of the exclusive 'Collectors Disk' in 2003 and then later as part of the 'NES Classic Series' in 2004 on the GameBoy Advance. It has been available to play on the Wii Virtual Console since 2006.
Title: Zelda I - The Legend of Zelda
Year Released: 1987
Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
A long, long time ago, the world was in an age of Chaos. In the middle of this chaos, in a little kingdom in the land of Hyrule, a legend was being handed down from generation to generation, the legend of the 'Triforce'; golden triangles possessing mystical powers...
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