The Legend of Zelda

Release Dates

FDS 2/21/1986
NES 7/29/1987 11/27/1987
GBA 11/19/2006 2/14/2009 7/9/2009
Wii 11/19/2006 12/2/2006 12/8/2006 12/7/2006
3DS 8/31/2011 9/1/2011


The Legend of Zelda (Japanese: ザハイラルファンタジーゼルダの伝説 Za Hairaru Fantajii Zeruda no Densetsu) was the first game released in the series, debuting in Japan on the Famicom Disk System in 1986, and again in 1994 in cartridge format. The title was released worldwide on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987. The Legend of Zelda has since been rereleased numerous times on the Nintendo GameCube, the Game Boy Advance, and Wii’s Virtual Console.

The Legend of Zelda received wide critical and commercial acclaim upon release, with many citing its revolutionary approach to the console role-playing genre, the NES version’s built-in battery for data saving, soundtrack, its massive overworld and non-linearity, and the option for a Second Quest upon first completion. The original Legend of Zelda went on to sell over 6.5 million copies worldwide, making it the second best selling game in the series, spawned a long line of Zelda merchandise, and is consistently voted one of the greatest and most influential games of all time.


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.

One day, an evil army attacked this peaceful little kingdom and stole the Triforce of Power. This army was led by Ganon, the powerful Prince of Darkness who sought to plunge the World into fear and darkness under his rule. Fearing his wicked rule, Zelda, the princess of this kingdom, split up the Triforce of Wisdom into eight fragments and hid them throughout the realm to save the last remaining Triforce from the clutches of the evil Ganon. At the same time, she commanded her most trustworthy nursemaid, Impa, to secretly escape into the land and go find a man with enough courage to destroy the evil Ganon. Upon hearing this, Ganon grew angry, imprisoned the princess, and sent out a party in search of Impa.

Braving forests and mountains, Impa fled for her life from her pursuers. As she reached the very limit of her energy she found herself surrounded by Ganon’s evil henchmen. Cornered! What could she do?

… But wait!

All was not lost. A young lad appeared. He skillfully drove off Ganon’s henchmen, and saved Impa from a fate worse than death. His name was Link. During his travels he had come across Impa and Ganon’s henchmen. Impa told Link the whole story of the princess Zelda and the evil Ganon. Burning with a sense of justice, Link resolved to save Zelda, but Ganon was a powerful opponent. He held the Triforce of Power. And so, in order to fight off Ganon, Link had to bring the scattered eight fragments of the Triforce of Wisdom together to rebuild the mystical Triangle.

If he couldn’t do this, there would be no chance Link could fight his way into Death Mountain where Ganon lived. Can Link really destroy Ganon and save the Princess Zelda? Only your skill can answer that question.

Good luck. Use the Triforce wisely.




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