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  • Summary: In this classic NES game, you'll embark on a quest to find the Triforce, slay Ganon, and save Princess Zelda. The Legend of Zelda comes to the Game Boy Advance, complete with all the dungeons, puzzles, and menacing enemies from the original game. As Link, you can brandish a variety ofIn this classic NES game, you'll embark on a quest to find the Triforce, slay Ganon, and save Princess Zelda. The Legend of Zelda comes to the Game Boy Advance, complete with all the dungeons, puzzles, and menacing enemies from the original game. As Link, you can brandish a variety of weapons, including swords, boomerangs, bombs, and arrows. Collect rupees to buy even more weapons and other special items. There are many secrets, hidden passages, and caves to be found in Hyrule--now you can see if you still have what it takes to find them. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Not only is this the best game of the classic series, it's arguably the best game in the history of the NES. [Summer 2004, p.14]
  2. The game holds its own despite dated graphics and sound.
  3. One of the best games to be released on the NES years ago, and even though it is over fifteen years old, it still retains the fun factor as it did back then.
  4. 85
    The important thing to understand is that you’re getting exactly that, being the version that came out for the NES; you get nothing more and nothing less. More than any of the other NES re-releases, though, The Legend of Zelda is easily worth the $20 investment, despite the lack of updates and occasional slowdown.
  5. Zelda has aged rather gracefully compared to some of the games from its time, and it's worth picking up for the portability factor alone.
  6. This is a mediocre re-release of a great game that is adequate, yet one can’t help but wonder how great it might have been if Nintendo hadn’t rushed it to the market.
  7. But for those of you who have yet to play the NES title, unless you're extremely curious as to how the Zelda franchise started, you're better off without this mediocre 'adventure'. Nintendo, lay this one to rest.

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  1. DouglasR.
    Jun 9, 2004
    10
    I love this game, everybody HAS to buy it!
  2. JoshuaL.
    May 26, 2004
    10
    The Legend of Zelda is hands down the best gaming series in the world! And the fact that they are re-releasing it for the GBA just Rocks!! I The Legend of Zelda is hands down the best gaming series in the world! And the fact that they are re-releasing it for the GBA just Rocks!! I hope to see Zelda II also! Good Job Nintendo for one of your best ideas to date!!! (now what about Mario RPG for GBA!?) Expand
  3. EBidd
    Feb 16, 2007
    10
    I completely disagree with GBA Central. Nintendo should NEVER lay this one to rest! When I think back to my top 5 games of all time, this one I completely disagree with GBA Central. Nintendo should NEVER lay this one to rest! When I think back to my top 5 games of all time, this one is always on the list! Infinite replay! Long live The Legend of Zelda! Expand
  4. MP83
    Aug 10, 2005
    10
    Very nice game for a very nice price. Actually, I'm really glad that Nintendo didn't re-touched the game and remade its contents. I Very nice game for a very nice price. Actually, I'm really glad that Nintendo didn't re-touched the game and remade its contents. I think it's better this way, since I like my games with pure gameplay, without any storylines to slow down the action. You only need to ignore the outdated graphics and you're good to go. =) Expand
  5. Jan 4, 2011
    10
    Here's my Top 50 games of all time:

    The Legend of Zelda a Link to the Past Super Metroid The Legend of Zelda Metroid Prime (Trilogy)
    Here's my Top 50 games of all time:

    The Legend of Zelda a Link to the Past
    Super Metroid
    The Legend of Zelda
    Metroid Prime (Trilogy)
    Banjo-Kazooie
    Resident Evil 4
    Tetris DS
    Words with Friends (Scrabble)
    Super Mario Galaxy
    Mike Tysonâ
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  6. WillP.
    Feb 11, 2006
    10
    One of the greatest games in the history of video games.
  7. PaulH.
    Aug 16, 2005
    7
    Certainly has aged, i forgot how hard this game is, I'm expierencing a lot of slow down. still classic zelda though, worth buying for 15Certainly has aged, i forgot how hard this game is, I'm expierencing a lot of slow down. still classic zelda though, worth buying for 15 bucks, actually I only got it for 7 dollars so I don't feel cheated the least bit. Expand

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