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The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda (NES) game cover art
Platform: NES
Genre: Adventure (Fantasy)
Developer: Nintendo
AKA: Zelda no Densetsu: The Hyrule Fantasy (JP)
Publisher
Region
Released
NA
07/??/1987
EU
11/15/1987
JP
??/??/1986

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Staff Reviews

The Legend of Zelda review

Reviewed January 31, 2005

Jason Venter says: "Link moves with the elfish grace you might expect from his size. A quick thrust of the sword is enough to vanquish most foes, and when it’s not a secondary slash will do (at least, throughout most of the game). All he has to fear is the stream of fireballs Hyrule’s mermaid-like monsters launch from various rivers and lakes, as only a magical shield can deflect such attacks. Later, there are some projectiles even that armament won’t defend against."
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Reader Reviews

The Legend of Zelda review

Reviewed November 15, 2008

Halon says: "Over the years plenty of brilliant action adventure games have been released on several platforms. They have told great stories, taken the gamers to fascinating worlds, and provided some of the most entertaining gameplay found anywhere. With that being said, are these games true adventures? They certainly do not give the player total adventuring freedom and provide only a handful of options between scripted events. One cannot truly adventure when they are following a certain path with events..."
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The Legend of Zelda review

Reviewed October 08, 2005

mariner says: "This review is not unbiased. This review will not try to claim that a critical look at every factor can tell you exactly how good the game is. Because it doesn't matter. Any minor quibbles or technical limitations are lost in the glorious essence contained within this cartridge. For in this cartridge lies the origins of the only videogame franchise I truly care about. And just as importantly, it contains the heart and soul of this Zelda franchise, far better than any of the other games. It..."
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The Legend of Zelda review

Reviewed March 31, 2005

overdrive says: "You know me as Overdrive, but my name is Rob....and I'm a video game addict. "
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The Legend of Zelda review

Reviewed December 31, 1969

ratking says: "The first Zelda game released to the world. This game introduces you to Ganon/Link/and Zelda who all appear in multiple Zelda games after. This game introduces the 8 dungeons, and the scattered Heart Pieces. This game introduces to you the mastersword, and the various shields and subweapons. There are potions and fairis, and skeletons and moblins. This game introduces you to all of that. "
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The Legend of Zelda review

Reviewed December 31, 1969

sgreenwell says: "The gameplay experience that you get from the game is still fresh to this date, and there's nothing quite like the sense of exhiliration you get from beating Ganon all by yourself."
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