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The Legend of Zelda Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Damien McFerran

The brave Link begins his hazardous journey in the fantastic world of Hyrule.

Where it all began - it's amazing how playable and fresh this games feels, even after all these years! Although the visuals and sound are hardly going to turn heads these days, the core Zelda gameplay is all present and correct.

The Legend of Zelda is a famous series. Second only to Mario, The Legend of Zelda manages to make fans swoon with excitement over each follow-up (unless you count the CD-i abominations). But like everything else, it has an origin, and many origins of other series can't hold up the way this game has.

Those who just try this game now may grow frustrated with the lack of clues given, but those who don't mind will find one game that conveys a sense of adventure unlike many others.

One thing this game needs to be credited for is it being the first game with a battery save, which is a huge relief since this game would be terribly frustrating without it. Thankfully this would not have been a problem with the Wii’s built in suspension save points.

For its time this was one of the lengthiest games around. 128 screens, very few clues, and many hidden dungeons to discover. This game is all about exploration, and while it’s frustrating when you can't figure it out, the feeling of finding hidden things is unparalleled.

You get many different items, which you can map to the B button at the item screen. The chances are you'll be using a lot of them often, which is something that you can't always say about the rest of the series. The combat can get quite difficult since the enemies are fast but numerous.

This game is also all about conquering. You'll take on a tough dungeon boss and eventually win, or possibly a huge group of enemies and eventually win. Your eventually bettered equipment will give you the needed edge over the bad guys, which gives you a feeling of accomplishment not many games can match.


This ranks as one of the finest 8-bit RPGs available. If you don't already own a copy of this (and you might do if you got the GBA version or you own the GameCube Zelda disc) you should download it right away!

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User Comments (18)



retro_player_22 said:

Man, for a game that isn't on Blu-Ray or DVD9, this game took forever to beat especially in the second quest. I could never find those hidden palaces and the entire overworld is such a killer too. Still this is one of the best game I had for my NES.



rayword45 said:

Knows is gonna get flamed

This game, as of today, deserves only a 6.

I'm sorry fanboys, but it hasn't aged very well. I played it recently on my GBA, and the fun is gone. The combat isn't very good, and the game progresses far too slowly as of today.



Kid_A said:

I'm actually really loving this game. You pretty much NEED a guide to figure anything out, but I love the open-endedness of it. Not as good as, well, ANY of the other Zelda games, but I'm still pretty impressed.



NESnes said:

If you are a newcomer to NES gaming, or are not yet a teenager, you should probably avoid this game. Although it is a great NES exploration-type game, it definitely claims a specific audience. You will hear people rave about this game mostly on the basis of its superior sequels. ONLY Zelda fans, NES fans, and the more persistent youths need apply. This is a very good game, but it will turn off most gamers from the modern mindset. As a NES fan, and a Zelda fan, I enjoy this game, but it is not the best in the series.



blackknight77 said:

I know I'm very nostalgic about this game, but it was so ground breaking and innovative when it was released. To me this is a 10/10 game and always will be.



nothankyou said:

Great game; While it's more fun to play on the NES, you'll be hard pressed to find a copy that saves.
I'd give it a 9/10.



fishman100 said:

Ahh, this brings back good memories of bombing a wall and finding the moblin and the "it's a secret to everyone" line!!!



ShadowSniper7 said:

It seems like Nintendo Life really seems to underrate the Zelda games. This is easily the best NES game out there.



Peppy_Hare said:

The easiest 10 that Nintendo Life would've ever had to hand out. 8! Are you kidding me!?

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