The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda (NES)

1987

System
NES
Publisher
Nintendo
Developer
Nintendo EAD

8.6

Game Rating

User Ratings: 733

Our Review: 8/10

Overview

Number of Players
Single Player
Genre
Adventure
Release Date

NES

  • US 22nd Aug 1987
  • EU 15th Nov 1987

Wii (Wii Shop)

  • EU 8th Dec 2006, 500 points
  • US 19th Nov 2006, 500 points
  • JP 2nd Dec 2006, 500 points

3DS (3DS eShop)

  • EU 12th Apr 2012, £4.50
  • JP 22nd Dec 2011, ¥500
  • US 5th Jul 2012, $4.99

Wii U (Wii U eShop)

  • JP 28th Aug 2013, ¥500

Wii U eShop

  • EU 29th Aug 2013, £3.49
  • US 29th Aug 2013, $4.99
Series
Legend of Zelda, Nintendo Switch Online
Characters
Link, Princess Zelda
Tags
Nintendo Switch Online
Controller Support
All

Screenshots (5)

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Reviews

  • Review The Legend of Zelda (Wii U eShop / NES)

    A Link from the past

    When The Legend of Zelda was released in 1986, it was at least as much an eye-opening experience for gamers as Super Mario Bros. had been. Whereas that game expanded and solidified the left-to-right nature of platformers for generations to come, The Legend of Zelda opened sprawling worlds before us, and allowed us to go wherever...

  • Review The Legend of Zelda (3DS eShop / NES)

    Rough around the edges, but an unforgettable adventure

    When The Legend of Zelda was released in 1986, it was at least as much an eye-opening experience for gamers as Super Mario Bros. had been. Whereas that game expanded and solidified the left-to-right nature of platformers for generations to come, The Legend of Zelda opened sprawling worlds before...

  • Review The Legend of Zelda (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

    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...

The Legend of Zelda Guides

  • Guide Where To Buy Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda

    It's dangerous to Game & Watch alone

    Update (18th Feb 2022): If you're in the UK, Amazon UK has the Zelda Game & Watch discounted to £39.95 at the moment. Not bad at all! Update (12th Nov 2021): It's out today! You can read our full review right here if you're interested in picking one up. Update (22nd Sep 2021):

  • Guide Best Zelda Games Of All Time

    It's dangerous to go alone - take all these

    What are the best Zelda games? Following decades of adventures across Nintendo consoles, ranking The Legend of Zelda series is one heck of an undertaking. Bar a couple of exceptions, each entry is pretty much a classic, and even the 'lesser' ones are really rather good. Many remain fixed as among the very...

About The Game

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

Using your sword, your shield and your wit, retrieve the eight fragments of the Triforce and save the princess Zelda from the evil Gannon (Nowadays known as Ganon). This is the best-selling adventure game that initiated one of the most successful series of all time.

Created by Shigeru Miyamoto, it introduced many innovative features that Zelda games are still associated with today. Not only is the adventure action-packed, it also features puzzling dungeons and myriads of secret passages. Discover or rediscover this timeless classic.