On This Day: February 21, 1986 - Nintendo Releases The Legend of Zelda in Japan


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Mr. Eighties
Apr 29, 2023

The Legend of Zelda is an iconic action-adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo. Its release in Japan on February 21, 1986, marked the beginning of a legendary franchise that has captivated gamers worldwide for decades. The game introduced players to the protagonist, Link, on his quest to rescue Princess Zelda and save the kingdom of Hyrule from the evil Ganon.

Upon its release in the United States on August 22, 1987, "The Legend of Zelda" quickly gained popularity among gamers for its innovative gameplay, intricate puzzles, and expansive world to explore. Priced at $49.99, it offered players hours of immersive gameplay and became a defining title for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
The Legend of Zelda received critical acclaim for its open-world design, non-linear gameplay, and memorable soundtrack composed by Koji Kondo. It set a new standard for video game storytelling and gameplay mechanics, inspiring numerous sequels, spin-offs, and adaptations across various platforms.

Overall, the release of The Legend of Zelda in 1986 marked a significant milestone in gaming history, laying the foundation for one of the most beloved and enduring franchises in the industry.