Released In: 1987
The King of Darkness, Gannon (later retconned to Ganon), has stolen the Triforce of Power and kidnapped Princess Zelda. Before she was kidnapped, Zelda split its counterpart, the Triforce of Wisdom, into eight parts and hid them throughout Hyrule. As the hero Link, you must reassemble the Triforce and find the Master Sword. Only then will you be strong enough to enter Gannon's Death Mountain lair where you will attempt to defeat Gannon, rescue Zelda, and secure the Triforce of Power.
Syd Lexia: This game isn't just fun, it's also highly quotable. When you say something like "EASTMOST PENINSULA IS SECRET" or "PAY ME FOR THE DOOR REPAIR CHARGE" anyone worth knowing will instantly know what you're talking about.
Valdronius: The only memories I have of this game involve wandering around aimlessly and not really getting anywhere. I only played it a handful of times, but that was enough to turn me off from the game. Maybe my mental cartography skills were lacking, but I prefer a game that gives you relatively clear direction as to what to do next. Legend of Zelda dropped you in front a cave, where some old guy gave you a sword and sent you on your way. I don’t particularly enjoy wandering through screen after screen with no real destination. I even gave the game another chance recently, but after finding the third dungeon first, I knew it was going to be bad. I’m not going to deny the game its place in Nintendo history. It spawned a good line of games, and even a television show. There are thousands and thousands of people who absolutely love this game. I am not one of them. Frankly, I hate it.
Rycona: The foothold and beginning of a wonderful series. Sure, it's had its bad day like every other series, but it always seems to find some way to reinvent itself.
greeneyedzeke: Oh, Legend of Zelda, what a history we have. Our story began in 1987 when my mother took me out to find my third ever NES game, after the Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt cartridge that came with the system. However, it was not meant to be, for the lying whoremaster behind the counter at Caldor warned me that “that Zelda game is probably too hard for you, so try this instead”, and I left the store with Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out clutched in my hand. While not a bad game, it was not Zelda. Angels wept.
Dr. Jeebus: A true classic if there ever was one. Is there a better way to start off one of the greatest video game franchises of all time than with a game featuring rather dubious translations? IT'S A SECRET TO EVERYONE.