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The Legend of Zelda review
The first is still the best

The good:

Lots of mazes to explore & items to collect. Challenging battles. 2 different quests. Game data can be saved.

The bad:

Nothing.

Summary:

The first RPG on the NES, this game launched a franchise and introduced a new gameplay genre to millions. The story follows Link, a young swordsman, as he tries to save Princess Zelda & the kingdom of Hyrule from the evil Ganon using the power of the Triforce. Link uses weapons like swords, bombs, & arrows to accomplish this.
The first thing you'll notice is there's a lot of action-almost every time you move to a new screen there will be enemies waiting for you, plus out-of-the-way items to be reached. And when you think you've finished the game, there's another quest waiting for you-same map but everything's in a different location and difficulty is increased. This adds a lot of replay value to the game. The save feature is a lifesaver because you don't have to play through it all at once, which could take hours if not days!
I didn't see anything to dislike about the game-it gets hard in spots but nothing unbearable. It's also part of the game's appeal.
Almost 20 years later this still remains one of the benchmarks for RPGs, and it's been reborn on GBA as part of Classic NES Series. Pick up a copy of this game wherever you can find it.

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