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The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda BoxThe Legend of Zelda is an Action-Adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Family Computer Disk System and Nintendo Entertainment System video game consoles. This is the first installment in the Legend of Zelda series and became one of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s best sellers, selling over 6.5 million copies. The Legend of Zelda is often featured in lists of the greatest video games of all time or most influential.

Development of The Legend of Zelda began in 1984 by Nintendo R&D4 in conjunction with Super Mario Bros.  The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. were the first games that Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka and Toshihiko Nakago all worked on together as a team. Since the team was developing both titles at the same time, they would often remove some aspects of one game and include them in the other.

The inspiration for the games open world is based on Shigeru Miyamoto’s experiences exploring nearby fields, woods and caves as a child growing up in Kyoto. He drew inspiration for the games dungeons from memories of being lost amid the maze of sliding doors in his family’s home in Sonobe.

The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo’s staple franchises spawning multiple title releases on every Nintendo home console and handheld console since the Nintendo Entertainment System. The series has been going strong for over 30 years and has been established as one of Nintendo’s most popular and beloved.

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Developer(s)Nintendo R&D4
Publisher(s)Nintendo
SeriesThe Legend of Zelda
PredecessorNone
SuccessorZelda II: The Adventure of Link
Platform(s)Nintendo Entertainment System, Famicom Disk System
Media TypeCartridge (NES)
Disk (Famicom)
ReleaseJP: February 21, 1986
NA: August 22, 1987
EU: November 15, 1987
Genre(s)Action-Adventure
Mode(s)Single-player
Development Time2 years
BudgetTBD
Sales6.51m
RatingCERO: A
ESRB: E
PEGI: 7
Rereleased Platform(s)Ports
GameCube -2003
Game Boy Advance -2004

Virtual Console
Wii -2006
Nintendo 3DS -2012
Wii U -2013
Nintendo Switch (Online Service) -2018

Game Screenshots:

  • Credits
  • Cover Art
  • Manual
  • Music
  • Media & Promotional Material

ProfileNameRole
Hiroshi YamauchiHiroshi YamauchiExecutive Producer
Shigeru MiyamotoShigeru MiyamotoProducer
Director
Takashi TezukaTakashi TezukaDirector
Designer
Writer
Toshihiko NakagoToshihiko NakagoProgrammer
Yasunari SoejimaYasunari SoejimaProgrammer
Profile PlaceholderTatsuo NishiyamaProgrammer
Kazuaki MoritaKazuaki MoritaProgrammer
Koji KondoKōji KondōComposer
Profile PlaceholderKeiji TeruiManual Backstory

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North American release of The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System

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Japanese release of The Legend of Zelda for the Famicom

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Japanese release of The Legend of Zelda for the Famicom Disk System

Media & Promotional Material

The Legend of Zelda Rap NES Commercial
The Legend of Zelda NES Commercial