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Legend of Zelda  (Nintendo NES, 1987)
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Created: 08/09/07

A Testament to the History of Great Games

Upon its release back in August of 1987, the Legend of Zelda was intuitive, innovative and ahead of its time. As the first Legend in a now longstanding series of great games, it established the reputation of the Legend of Zelda as a challenging and entertaining series.

The story itself is an example of romanticism in its purest form. A young lad, commonly known to gamers as Link, hears of how the Princess Zelda has been captured by Ganon, an evil Prince of Darkness and thusly sets out to save the Princess and the Kingdom of Hyrule. Now Ganon is a very worthy opponent because he has possession of a mystical triangle known as the Triforce of Power. Therefore, the player will need to collect the eight pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom, which the Princess Zelda has hidden in eight dungeons, each riddled with bestiary and its own dungeon boss. Only after conquering the various dungeons scattered throughout Hyrule may the player enter Ganon’s Lair and stand a chance of ending Ganon’s dark reign.

As a milestone in video gaming history, the Legend of Zelda game gives the player a great amount of freedom: the freedom to navigate the land of Hyrule at any pace and in no particular order from an overhead perspective. This freedom helped to create a special link between the player holding the controller and the main protagonist in the story. As a player advanced through the game they could acquire over a dozen different items found throughout the map and in dungeons. They could then use these items throughout their quest. Items like a raft and stepladder allowed the player to reach parts of the map they may not have explored prior while others made the player a more formidable adventurer (i.e. discovering new swords made enemies easier to defeat). All this helped to fill the player with a great sense of accomplishment.

The Legend of Zelda was also the first game to allow a player to save their progress (games until then used a password system to allow a player to start from certain checkpoints). Up to three independent games could be saved on a single cartridge. As players would collect said items and expand their life-bar by collecting heart containers they would see their character grow into a respectable hero. This save feature assured that even though the system would be turned off, the hero would not be lost or forgotten, but be waiting for the player to return and continue their adventures.

After its release, the Legend of Zelda’s story and overall innovation assured its foothold in gaming history not as a footnote, but as a landmark. Still today it is accredited with widely influencing both audience and industry in its time. The game itself has been re-released onto both the GC, as part of a Collector's Edition, and GBA platforms while the tried and true “Zelda formula” has now grown to number more than a dozen installments in the series.

Whether for nostalgia purposes or to see the common ground this game shares with its successors (i.e. a dungeon inside a large tree, a dungeon at the bottom of a lake, the ability to make your tunic blue and red, etc.), this game can be adored by fans of the series and those interested in the history of console gaming.

5/5

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Created: 06/03/06

Solid Gold

The year was 1987, I was eight years old and hadn't really paid much attention to video games before, the day I played the Legend of Zelda that all changed. The magicical gold cartridge was placed into my cousins Nintedo, and I was immidiatley transported to another world. The name of that world was Hyrule, a seeminly endless land that was a beautiful as it was treacherous. With a battle around every turn and a beautiful princess, (Zelda) waiting to be saved from the prince of darkness himself (Ganon). Before being captured, Zelda broke the triforce into eight seperate pieces to prevent the evil Ganon from assuming total contol of the land. You are the hero, (Link) and the only one who can find the eight pieces of the shattered triforce, defeat Ganon, rescue the princess and restore peace to the great land of Hyrule. Eighteen years later I still love to return to Hyrule, and have never quite found a game that can quite compare. Everyone that I have shared this great game with has also found a special place in there hearts for it. The Legend of Zelda is truly endless adventure.

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Created: 08/09/06

Arguably The Best Game Ever

The Legend of Zelda is a Fantasy/Adventure game where you play the role of Link as you travel through a fictional land called Hyrule on a quest to save Princess Zelda from the clutches of the evil Ganon. It is famed for being the first game to feature a battery backup save feature. Also, it is the first game to feature a relatively non-linear game play, with the ability to take different paths in order to complete the game.

In this game, you must journey through the land of Hyrule in order to find 9 dungeons. In each dungeon, you are required to solve puzzles and defeat enemies to progress through the dungeon and defeat the dungeon boss. You start out the game with nothing but a wooden sword, and by the end of the game, you will be strong with many possessions. Overall this is by far the best game on the NES and arguably the best game for any system. I would recommend it to any gamer who can appreciate a truly phenominal game.

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Created: 11/19/10

The Legend That Is The Legend Of Zelda

The Legend Of Zelda is a game that represents the very definition of the word "classic". Even to this day it is a very entertaining to play even if the graphics are dated by today's standards. That's a shame, really, because some people would pass it by assuming that it's a simplistic old kid's game. Sure, it was released on Nintendo (As well as the Famicom Disk System before that) but it had a strange depth to it that might have (and has) really appealed to older audiences. It was an adventure game with twists and turns that might have lead to treasure or...well...a dead end. The controls are so easy and fluid that you begin to feel like a pro even after only ten minutes or so of gameplay. That's not to say that the game's a breeze. The game is loaded with hidden passages, hidden power ups, weapon upgrades, special treasures, big bosses, winding labyrinths and all around satisfying action. Personally, I think this is one of those games that everyone with a Nintendo should have in their collection. If nothing else, just to brag about beating it...and you will be bragging when you do. I've played this game as a kid and it was somehow lost to the sands of time. So, I purchased another copy here on Ebay and I know I made a good decision. So, if you're wondering what Twilight Princess' grandfather was like, give this game a try. You might be surprised at how well it holds up today over 25 years later.


...And yes, you get to bomb some Dodongos.

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Created: 05/16/07

HISTORY IN THE MAKING LEGEND OF ZELDA WILL NEVER LOSE

YES,HISTORY IN THE MAKING! EVER SINCE THE BEGINNING ZELDA HAS NEVER LOST IT'S TOUCH AT LEAST FROM THE 8-BIT AND 16-BIT DAYS.THERE IS NO FANATSY/RPG BETTER FOR THE NINTENDO THEN ZELDA.THE HERO OF THE GAME IS LINK A BRAVE YOUTH WHO MUST FIGHT AGAINST THE EVIL GANON.ALL ALONE YOU ARE LINK IN A LAND CALLED HYRULE WHERE A GOLDEN TRIANGLE CALLED TRIFORCE,POSSESS MYSTERIOUS POWER.SUCH AS THE POWER OF WISDOM,STRENGTH AND COURAGE.GANON WANTS THE TRIFORCE TO RULE THE WORLD LINK MUST STOP HIM.MOST NES FANS KNOW OF ZELDA.IF YOU ARE NEW TO NES GAMES GO FOR THIS GAME.IT WILL GIVE YOU HOURS OF PLAY.ALSO THERE IS A SECOND VERY HARD QUEST AFTER YOU SUCCEED THE FIRST.THERE ARE EIGHT TRIFORCE PARTS TO COLLECT BEFORE YOU CAN BEAT THE GAME.GET WEAPONS ARMOR AND TONS OF ITEMS.AND A WHOLE BUNCH OF ENEMIES.AND HIDDEN SECRETS TOO.INFO CAN BE FOUND TO HELP YOU COMPLETE THE GAME.YES,I WOULD SAY,ONE OF NINTENDO'S TOP FIVE GAMES OF ALL TIME.

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Created: 06/29/11

This game rocks! Any Zelda fan must have this game in their collection.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

The game that started one of today's most popular series. Enter the land of Hyrule and play through Link's adventure from the beginning. Locate the pieces of the legendary Triforce to save Princess Zelda and the Land of Hyrule from the evil Ganon.
Any Zelda fan new or old will be able to enjoy this game thoroughly. A massive overworld and large exciting dungeons will keep players entertained for days. Explore the dungeons battling massive bosses to find magical items which can help you unlock further dungeons.
This game has a it all for gamers new and old. New gamers will be able to experience the adventure from the beginning and experienced gamers can feel nostalgic as they play through the game again. The game also features a second game that can be played through once the initial game has been completed. This version features harder dungeons in new locations so the fun can continue even when you think you've mastered the game.

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Created: 08/06/10

The Legend of Zelda, for the NES, Review.

The Legend of Zelda is no doubt a masterpiece, with its large array of enemies, bosses, and very fun labyrinths (aka dungeons). The game is, to say the least, a lot of fun. It is one of the only games I've played where i did need to use the internet at some parts, but it's also one of the only games where i didn't feel like i was cheating, its just a very cryptic game at times. The over world is vast and colorful, and the music is very catchy. The dungeons are very dank dark and eerie which works out very well. The build up to the end is great with one final dungeon to end all dungeons, death mountain, the dungeon is so bad ass that it actually has "death" in the name. After returning peace to the vast land of Hyrule you find that you've been set out on a second quest, which doubles the play time of the game. The game also sports a built in save feature (which is also prominent in its sequel Zelda 2 Adventure of Link). If you enjoyed this game then you may want to try out Zelda a Link to the Past, another great Zelda game.

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Created: 11/05/09

The Legend of Zelda (NES)

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

The first in a ongoing great series of games by Nintendo, this is by far one of best games to stand its time and give the player an epic journey over and over again. you will find many helpful and hidden items, plus meet some of the people hiding around Hyrule. The lovely gold cart also adds to the awesome nature of this old game. Anyone who loves Zelda games and/or has never tried it, I would recommend they try it out for their selves. Out on NES,GBA,GC,Wii VC and 3DS store but by far the best on its original console the Nintendo Entertainment System!

Know Your Playing With Power! Retro Power!

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Created: 10/07/12

A good game, that can be appreciated as a classic and as a game...

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

As a NES game, it was very ambitious at the time and is lucky to still remain fun to this day.
The game carries a feel of mystery, which reflects well in the puzzle-solving aspect. Every puzzle has an answer, of course, but some aren't as easy an answer to solve than others. Once confronted with a puzzle, you might not get the hint you need in the same room. Some puzzles require you to take hopeful guesses. It's what really held up most in the coming years, because this sort of puzzle solving doesn't really exist nowadays.
The other elements of the game, like the graphics and combat, are as good as they could have been at the time. It's no lie that almost all NES games didn't graphically age well. However, that doesn't mean it won't play well. The combat is basic and therefore, easy to learn and master. You have a series of weapons, like the bow and arrows, candle, and of course you sword. Switching through these changes up the combat and makes it not feel bland.
The story is admittedly not as cinematic as the later installments of the Legend of Zelda, like Ocarina of Time or Link to the Past. However, the feeling and story are still there, if you're willing to pay attention. The opening of the game actually tells you the whole story, however, most people would probably try to skip the opening, thinking it's useless. For those that don't know of the story and want to know, just let the opening title screen play out. The music will guide you through it.
Over all, most people of the retro gaming community agree that the Legend of Zelda is one of the many classics of the NES age. If you won't appreciate itself as a game, then maybe you'll appreciate it as a large impact on the gaming community.
Good day complete strangers, and remember, I'm an expert...

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Created: 03/04/10

THE BEST GAME EVER!!

This game is still the BEST Great Game for everyone to play and now at a steal price i paid 7.00 here on ebay. If you love old school games this is one you must have

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