The Legend of Zelda (video game)

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The Legend of Zelda
Famicom Zelda Disk.png
Famicon disk for The Legend of Zelda.
Developer(s)Nintendo Research & Development 4
Producer(s)Shigeru Miyamoto
Designer(s)Takashi Tezuka
  • Toshihiko Nakago
  • Yasunari Soejima[1]
  • I. Marui[1]
  • Takashi Tezuka
  • Keiji Terui (manual backstory)[2]
Composer(s)Koji Kondo
SeriesThe Legend of Zelda
Platform(s)Famicom Disk System, Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console (Wii, 3DS, Wii U), Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online
ReleaseFamily Computer Disk System:
  • JP: February 21, 1986
Nintendo Entertainment System:
  • NA: July 29, 1987[a]
  • PAL: November 15, 1987
  • JP: February 19, 1994
Game Boy Advance:
  • JP: February 14, 2004
  • NA: June 7, 2004
  • PAL: July 9, 2004
Virtual Console (Wii):
  • NA: November 19, 2006
  • JP: December 2, 2006
  • AU: December 7, 2006
  • EU: December 8, 2006
  • KOR: March 31, 2009
Virtual Console (3DS):
  • WW: September 1, 2011
  • KOR: February 3, 2016
Virtual Console (Wii U):
  • JP: August 28, 2013
  • WW: August 29, 2013
Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online:
  • NA: September 18, 2018
  • WW: September 19, 2018
  • HK: April 23, 2019
  • KOR: April 23, 2019

The Legend of Zelda (ゼルダの伝説, Zeruda no Densetsu) is the first video game in The Legend of Zelda series of games. The game was made by a Japanese man named Shigeru Miyamoto. It was sold to stores by Nintendo in 1986. The game was sold to be played on the Nintendo Entertainment System. In the game the player plays as a hero named Link. Link must save Princess Zelda from a powerful person named Ganon. It was the first game to let the player continue where they last played the game after they had turned the game off. The game also let the player go wherever they wanted to go at any time in the game's world. The game was very popular. Many more Zelda games were made because of it.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Proto:The Legend of Zelda".
  2. "照井啓司さんのコメントコーナー" (in Japanese). Retrieved January 7, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "The Legend of Zelda - NES". IGN. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved 23 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "The Legend of Zelda". NinDB. Archived from the original on 2010-06-19. Retrieved 2014-08-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "NES Games" (PDF). Nintendo. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. "The Legend of Zelda". GameSpot. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 24 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)


  1. Reported dates for US release varies; sources either state it was released in July 1987[3][4][5] or on 22 August 1987[6]