|Undoubtably the best game ever created,
The Legend of Zelda is challenging to even the greatest
of retro gamers. Who could forget Link's classic
adventure in Hyrule? This game has everything. A
difficult maze of levels, lots of items, a classic
storyline, and Leevers!
The Legend of Zelda was
released in 1986 by Nintendo of America. Its packaging
was different than other NES games of the times, so it
stood out. The maps, the larger-than-normal manual, and
the gold game pak are just a few things I remembered
catching my attention when I opened this game up. The
techniques Nintendo used to market this game were rather
lame. The commercial that was used to promote it was some
scraggly guy running down an alley screaming
"Zelda". Wouldn't that make you want to buy a
The Legend of Zelda puts you in the place of
"Link", a little green guy with dwarven-like
ears. Your princess "Zelda" has been captured
by Ganon. Ganon wants the Triforce so he can rule the
world. But before he could snatch it, Zelda broke the
Triforce into several pieces and spread them in dungeons
in Hyrule. As Link, it is your goal to put the Triforce
together and save Zelda. This of course means that you
have to go into the dungeons and slay the evil monsters
that reside there. But it's not as easy as it sounds. To
beat The Legend of Zelda you had to use a combination of
skill and smarts tosolve the mysteries of the dungeons.
There were secret rooms as there are in every
adventure/rpg, but there was no way of telling where you
would find them. Sometimes you would have enough trouble
just finding the dungeons!
The Legend of Zelda also featured a cool new second quest. The locations of
the dungeons had been changed, along with the locations of certain items. There were also invisible
walls that could be walked through. This is almost a entirely new game in itself!
For those of you who are old enough to remember,
consumers flocked to the stores to get this game. It was
the first time any video game had so much demand and such
little supply. I was lucky to get my hands on this game
the first week it was released, and there is no way in
hell that I could ever regret buying it.