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The Legend of Zelda: A brief History
The first game in the series was first released into the Japanese market in 1986. Developed and published by Nintendo, the game was designed by the award winning Shigeru Miyamoto. Zelda is a single player game that includes aspects of various genres, including; adventure, RPG, platform and puzzle solving, so it truly defies genre classification.
The adventure begins with the main character Link in the over world, which is a map of Hyrule with all the games accessible environments. His quest is to locate and retrieve the eight parts of the Triforce of Wisdom from the guardian monsters. The parts are scattered throughout the world, and Link must search for clues to their whereabouts from the games NPCs or Non Playable Characters.
Once Link has found all eight fragments, he must then venture on to the the evil Prince of Darkness Ganon's fortress, where he must fight and destroy him with a silver arrow. Once defeated Link must then free the captured princess from her cell so she can restore peace to the world of Hyrule.
Conversions and Sequels
After the success of the Legend of Zelda on the Famicon system, Nintendo re-released the game on virtually every one of it's systems to date.
The game has also spawned many successful sequels, which include;
Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link (1987)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (2000)
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Oracle of Ages (2001)
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (2002)
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002)
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure (2004)
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (2004)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006)
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (2007)
Recently in an Interview the games chief designer Shigeru Miyamoto stated that the Zelda Team is getting back together to work on new games for the series.