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  • Summary: Ganon, the King of Evil, breaks free from the Dark World and captures Hyrule's beloved Princess Zelda. Before she is caught, Zelda manages to shatter the Triforce of Wisdom and scatter its eight pieces throughout Hyrule. Link swears to recover the Triforce pieces and rescue Princess ZeldaGanon, the King of Evil, breaks free from the Dark World and captures Hyrule's beloved Princess Zelda. Before she is caught, Zelda manages to shatter the Triforce of Wisdom and scatter its eight pieces throughout Hyrule. Link swears to recover the Triforce pieces and rescue Princess Zelda from Ganon's clutches. Expand
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  1. Mar 26, 2013
    10
    the first legend of zelda is magical in how little it tells you and how much it sprawls. it's a joyous adventure. for most people anyway.the first legend of zelda is magical in how little it tells you and how much it sprawls. it's a joyous adventure. for most people anyway. basically, when you get your wood sword, walk around for a bit. if you love having an 8-bit world to walk around in then you'll supply all the the mystery & wonder required. if you walk around and get bored of poking with your browned stick then stop playing the game. it's strength is in how barren it is, the mystical awe and wonder at all of the places you find and die at, only to come later and trounce everything with ease. to discover where you have to go next after just wandering, never knowing what step will be your last. it's literally exploration: the game, no other conflicts, and it's momentous for it. the second quest is a joke though. Expand
  2. May 7, 2018
    10
    Absolute masterpiece. The Legend of Zelda definitely fulfills that childhood dream of slaying monsters as a fantastical knight and solvingAbsolute masterpiece. The Legend of Zelda definitely fulfills that childhood dream of slaying monsters as a fantastical knight and solving puzzles. This is why games are made Expand
  3. 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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  4. May 11, 2014
    9
    The Legend of Zelda, the original, is a great game that revolutionized it's genre. While it may be confusing for today's standards of a ZeldaThe Legend of Zelda, the original, is a great game that revolutionized it's genre. While it may be confusing for today's standards of a Zelda game due to you not knowing where to go without a walk-through. it can still be fun and challenging; in fact trust me while I say that this game is HARD, it may not be as hard as Zelda II: AoL but there are a lot of enemies that will probably downright frustrate you. Despite it's difficulty, this game is actually still very fun today so if you have $5 you don't need, get it now on the Virtual Console. Expand
  5. Jul 18, 2018
    7
    The original Legend of Zelda's esoteric world is overshadowed by its forgiving save system and other worldly freedom that wouldn't beThe original Legend of Zelda's esoteric world is overshadowed by its forgiving save system and other worldly freedom that wouldn't be replicated for another 30 years. Expand
  6. Mar 16, 2017
    7
    Rating This Game Wasnt An Easy Thing To Do. This Game Basically Re-Defined Video Games, Released During The NES Era And Ported Over To The WiiRating This Game Wasnt An Easy Thing To Do. This Game Basically Re-Defined Video Games, Released During The NES Era And Ported Over To The Wii in 2006 This Is One Of The Most Iconic Video Games And Video Game Series' Of All Time. This Game Takes Place In The Kingdom Of Hyrule But Is One Of The Only Zelda Games To Not Have A Castle In The Overworld. This Is One Of The Most Open Games Ever, Literally Not Even Giving You Hints Or Anything, You Basically Have To Guess To Go Into The First Cave Which You Get Your Sword In. There Are 8 Dungeons In The World, And You Can Enter One At Any Time You Want, Note I Said ENTER! De[ending On YOur Skill At THe Game You Cant Conquer All The Dungeons Like Those Darknuts You Have To Stab Them In The Back Twice And If You Dont Know Where The Hidden Caves Are You'll Enter The Dungeon With 3 Hearts And Most Enemies Take Away Half Or An Entire Heart.

    Dungeons: 8 Out Of 10
    Music: 5 Out Of 10
    Story: 1 Out Of 10
    Bosses: 3 Out Of 10
    Weapons And Armor 5 Out Of 10
    Difficulty (Depends On Player) Mine: 6 Out Of 10
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  7. Jul 23, 2018
    5
    The game that started the legendary series (no pun intended), and was considered very revolutionary for its time, with its non linear style ofThe game that started the legendary series (no pun intended), and was considered very revolutionary for its time, with its non linear style of progression and being one of the first games to use save states. The original legend of zelda set a lot of standards that later games would follow, but unfortunately, time has not been too kind to zelda 1. Its not terrible today by any means, but as the years have passed, more and more of the game’s flaws have started to show. The biggest problem in the game is trying to figure out where heck to go. The game gives you NO help in the navigation department, and unlike in something like breath of the wild where its actually really fun and fairly simple to find and discover new things on your own, here its confusing and frustrating. If I hadn’t used a walkthrough, I probably would have never found half the stuff I needed to beat the game, since most of this stuff is hidden behind bushes and rocks that look NO DIFFERENT than the normal one. If your playing this game with the intention of beating it, you are pretty much required to use some kind of map or guide to find all the secrets and items you need to beat the game, because again, the game itself tells you nothing about where this stuff is. Not even a vague hint. But even with a guide to help you, this is still one of the hardest games in the series. I’m honestly kind of shocked at how much crap people give zelda 2 for being too difficult when the original is just as hard, if not harder! (EDIT: at this time I have played through about half of zelda 2, and I can honestly say that claiming zelda 1 is harder than zelda 2 was a very premature statement. I don’t take back what I said about zelda 1 beinghard, but I do take back what I said about it being harder than zelda 2.) Its a number of things: the design of some dungeon rooms, annoying enemy combinations, link’s tank-like control in combat, all these factors make for a number of instances where I wanted to pull my hair out! But with all that said, I still don’t think zelda 1 is bad. Not at all. The graphics are pretty good, the combat, when the enemy placements aren’t bulls*it, is pretty enjoyable, and the music is really freakin good! So overall, the legend of zelda gets a 5 out of 10. It is still the game that started the legend of zelda series, so I do respect it for that, and there were times where I did really enjoy the game, but it hasn’t aged very well, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend this as someones first zelda game. If you are already a fan of the legend of zelda and are curious to see how the franchise started, I’d say $5 to get the game from the wii-u or 3DS virtual console is fair enough. Just remember to keep a guide on you at all times. Expand

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