"Legend of Zelda" Turns 25 Years Old

25 years ago, a game was released in Japan that would, over time, become one of the biggest and most important game franchise in video game history.

The game? The Legend of Zelda. While it may look ancient now, obsolete, at the time of its release it was the next big thing.

Its interconnected worlds and dungeons made the game the first of its kind that needed its own internal storage space so that users could save their progress in the game. By the time the original game cartridges had been taken off the shelves, The Legend of Zelda had sold over 8 million copies worldwide.

Including the original title, which was released on the Famicom Disk System in 1986, there have been a total of 14 unique Zelda games (excluding re-releases), published by Nintendo for the Famicom/NES, Game Boy, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, DS, and Wii. A number of other Zelda games have been made, though some not by Nintendo and some spin-offs. A 15th game, Skyward Sword, is due out later this year for the Nintendo Wii.

While Mario, the Italian plumber, tends to be the public face of Nintendo, it is Link (the star of Zelda) that, no matter how revolutionary the hardware becomes, will always be counted on to deliver an entertaining, epic adventure.


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