Artist touch: Despite how cool the actual game is I never liked the cover art here. The gold shield is different from the norm but since when is a bunch of icons on a shield art it's nothing special. Cover art rating: 5/10
Special note: The Legend of Zelda was the first console video game to feature a built in Battery so you can save your data right to the cartridge plus there are two different editions of this NES game available. One cart is gold while the later version is standard gray.
|Introduction and Story:|
is the original that started it all! The first ever Legend of Zelda may
be one of Nintendo's biggest franchises but it certainly didn't start
out that way. Although the Nintendo Entertainment System was highly successful
thanks to big games like Super
Mario Bros. they still had a hard time creating new stars.
Just look at some of their past NES characters: Kid Icarus's Pit
hasn't been heard from from since he had that public break up with Cindy
Clawford, Mike Jones is still in rehab (I will give bonus points
if anybody actually knows who he is) and Mike Tyson just lost to
Glass Joe in his last fight. I wasn't to sure what to think of this weird
little green elf in a adventure title here but the game was so complex,
so innovative, and so much fun to play that it really won me and millions
of others over. See why the Legend of Zelda was one of the most important
video games of all time and a perfect choice for my NES Stud Series!
|Controls and Game Play:||Video Review:|
won't be an easy mission to save Zelda because you have no idea where she
is and you must first find the pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom to even
enter Ganon's hidden lair. What
you do know is these
Triforce pieces are hidden deep inside one of game's 8 dangerous dungeons
filled with monsters and traps. You must search through the dangerous
Hyrule countryside to find all the necessary items to unlock all of the
game's different areas. The
coolest thing about the Legend of Zelda here is that it was one of the
first NES games to be a completely open ended adventure. Link can freely
discover this huge land on your own so you don't have to complete this
big game in any particular order.
|Graphics and Sounds:|
See, you don't always need those plumbers to sell your games Nintendo!
|See, how's that for a segway into the game's graphics and sounds, eh? Well, to be honest the game doesn't hold up that well for visuals. When Link enters a dungeon room from the sides for example it doesn't seem like he's going through the right prespective and it looks pretty bad. There are a few detailed trees and monsters here and there but other then that the overall environments look fairly bland. Although the graphics were fairly good for a 1987 title, it didn't take long for other NES adventure games like Cyrstalis and The Guardian Legend to over shadow it. The game's music and sound effect are much better though. On the main overhead map there is this great musical score that has become the Zelda theme with almost every title in the series. The game is also packed with realistic sword strikes and various monster noises to help draw you into this cool new world.|
Although the graphics are certainly not much to look at and there isn't much to do when both quests are completed (C'mon Nintendo, give me an expansion pack or something!), the Legend of Zelda is still one of the best adventure/action games ever made with the perfect balance of fast action and unlinear game play. If you are looking for a easy to learn yet very challenging and complex adventure then you must play the incredible original Legend of Zelda.
I just showed you a secret! You owe me.