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The Legend of Zelda

System: NES
Release Year: 1987
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Players: 1


The land of Hyrule was a peaceful place. The legend of the land was of three golden triangle called the Triforce. This artifact contained great power and the very essence of life for Hyrule. The three triangles of the Triforce were: The Triforce of Wisdom, The Triforce of Courage, and the Triforce of Power. If one contained all of these pieces they would become invincible. Because of the great power it would grant the one holding it, Gannon, the Prince of Darkness and his army laid seige to the land of Hyrule. The princess of Hyrule, Zelda, broke the Triforce of Wisdom into 8 pieces and hid them throughout the land. At the same time as Gannon was taking over Hyrule, Zelda told her trustworthy nursemaid, Impa, to go and search for help. When Gannon took over Hyrule and heard of what Zelda had done with The Triforce of Wisdom, he became inraged and locked her up in his dungeon. Impa braved the dangers of Hyrule and was finally tracked down and surrounded by Gannon's minions. When all seemed lost, a boy by the name of Link appeared and skillfully drove off Gannon's minions. Impa told Link, who had been traveling, of what had happened and he immediatly began his quest to find the 8 pieces of The Triforce of Wisdom and to free Hyrule. Unfortunatly, Gannon still possesed the Triforce of Power...

The Legend of Zelda set new standards for Nintendo games because of it's sheer size. The map of Hyrule may not seem impressive to us now, but back then it was humungous! With different worlds to explore and tons of secrets to find, this game will take a while to beat. It was spectacular for it's time and is still a neat game to go back and play ocasionally. Some parts could get frustrating, but after a while it becomes easier. The bosses are not really challenging, usually you can destroy them after a few tries, but this makes it more enjoyable. This is probably one of the most spectacular NES games out there.


Looking back at it now it's not that impressive. However, when it came out, it was top notch quality. The graphics were smooth and the characters look good for an NES game. The sound seem flat and unrealistic, but the music and the little tunes you hear along the way are good. The famous theme song is easily hummable, even though it was overused and can get repetitive. There weren't that many songs for this game, but what was there was top quality for it's time. The levels were huge and the dungeons were extremely elaborate. The whole gameplay of Zelda is tricky at first, but after learning the ropes you can get around a little easier. With interesting items and weapons you collect along the way, there is always something changing about the game. These are just a few of the things that made this game so spectacular for the NES.