The Legend of Zelda

released on Feb 21, 1986

The Legend of Zelda is the first title in the Zelda series, it has marked the history of video games particularly for it's game mechanics and universe. The player controls Link and must make his way through the forests, graveyards, plains and deserts of the Otherworld to find the secret entrances to the eight dungeons and try to restore the broken Triforce. Among the game's mechanics, it was the first time we saw a continuous world that could be freely explored, power-ups that permanently enhanced the main character's abilities and a battery save feature that allowed players to keep their progress instead of having to start over. The gameplay balanced action sequences with discovery, secrets and exploration.

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I did not have fun playing this.

Absolutely impossible to play without a guide. Stupidly dumb. I kinda liked it though, for the culture.

Completed through an emulator.
In a lot of ways, it's been outdone, but it definitely laid the fabric for what several game genres would go on to do. It's not the first Zelda game I'd recommend, and it might only be interesting to return to now for the history behind it, but for some...that might be enough reason to go back.

This game is fun. Wish this was playable without a guide but this was made in the 80s

The first game in the legendary series, and my first time playing Zelda seriously. I had played BOTW but not with the right mindset, so I decided to just start playing the franchise from its origins.
This game has the story that Princess Zelda was kidnapped by Ganon using a part of the Triforce, and Zelda scattered 8 pieces of the Triforce so that Link could find and finish off Ganon. On his adventure, Link witnesses the use of various items such as his sword, bombs, candles, bow and arrow, etc.
This game's gameplay is TENSE, and for me its worst flaw is simply having enemies that are too difficult compared to the bosses. I struggled a lot with normal enemies, as well as defeating bosses so easily. But even so, it's a classic game that hooks you from start to finish.
Even though it has very easy bosses and its strange difficulty level, I recommend it to all NES lovers who have never played this game in their lives (I think this is extremely rare), you can play it and you won't regret it. After the NES Marios and Mega Mans, this is one of the best games on the console, in my opinion. A real adventure!