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Nintendo - 1986
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The first Zelda game was released in July
1986 for the NES. It was a smashing success. Players of all ages
loved the open-ended action that could be saved by means of a
battery. The adventure has remained one of the most popular video
games ever made.
A Legend is Born
With the Legend of Zelda, video game players were introduced
to a world of magic, mystery and danger unlike any seen before.
Today it remains a classic. The overhead view of the world in
which the central character fights his own battles marked a radical
departure from traditional RPGs. The variety of settings, from
underground dungeons to overworld deserts and the huge cast of
enemies added depth to the playing experience.
Most players were equally absorbed by the
many puzzles within the game. You needed brains as well as brawn
ñ witness the grumbling Miblin in Level 7 who requires
a snack of Bait. Some of the secrets go even deeper, such as
the code name "Zelda" that allows access to a second
quest. Perhaps the biggest strength of The Legend of Zelda is
that it creates an entire world in which players become legends
in their own times.
The Saga of Link and Princess
When The Legend of Zelda hit the U.S. market, it changed the
way people looked at video games. It was very popular in Japan,
but U.S. players had never seen an adventure of its depth! And
because it was the first battery-backed Game Pak, now they were
able to save their progress. For the first time, a game became
an on-going challenge. While earlier games challenged dexterity,
this one challenged players wits as well. Now they had to ponder
clues and plan strategies. Link and Princess Zelda introduced
not only the mythical land of Hyrule, but also a whole new world
of possibilities for adventure games.