My Top Ten NES Games #3: The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda nes boxart Nintendo

When I was little I HATED this game. Mainly because it was hard, and I couldn’t get passed the beach for more than two minutes. I later played Ocarina of Time thinking I might hate it, and then it ended up being my favorite game of all time. 

Start screen the Legend of Zelda NES NINTENDO

I later went back and finally got to play it again thanks to Action Replay and a copy of Animal Crossing for Gamecube. Besides being stuck with a GC pad, I had a really awesome time, now that I was a more experienced and smarter gamer than I was when I was 3.

Link vs octoroks the Legend of Zelda 1 nes Nintendo

For an NES game, the first Zelda is HUGE. Not so much compared to later games, but back in the day there was a reason why the game had one of the first batteries to save your progress.  The graphics have aged yes, but I think they maintain a certain charm that still looks good in my eyes.  

Link holding triforce of wisdom zelda 1 nes Nintendo Ganon final boss battle

It may not be the best game in the series, but it laid out a great framework for the rest of the series. Though you might need a internet guide (some of the puzzles and secrets are a bit bullshit, I think there is one dungeon that’s under a random bush) to finish the game, it’s quite good not in terms of just length but quality as well. A must for any Zelda fan, and back then it really showed the world that Miyamoto could do something amazing besides Mario. 

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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