The Legend of Zelda (NES)

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The Legend of Zelda
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Platform: NES
Year: 1987
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Buy: Amazon
For other games in the series, see The Legend of Zelda.

The Legend of Zelda is a top-down adventure game with a fantasy setting. You play the role of a young elfin boy from Hyrule named Link who is trying to rescue the princess Zelda from an evil monster named Ganon. In order to do this, you must travel through the dangerous land of Hyrule, defeating monsters, uncovering secrets, and delving into underground dungeons to find 8 shards of a legendary artifact known as the Triforce.

This is the first game in a huge franchise and it defined many of the tropes we see in later games including rupees, hearts for hit points, boomerangs, wizzrobes, and of course, the golden game cartridge.

Screenshots

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Title screen.

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The in-game story.

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An iconic line of game dialog.

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Link fighting some molblins and octoroks on the overworld.

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Battling the aquamentus—boss of the first underworld.

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A fully decked out inventory in the subscreen.

Music

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The Legend of Zelda was early in the NES market, so it isn't expected to be awesome, but there are still several iconic tunes. The title music is especially memorable, and some of the other songs will be popular with anyone one who has played the game. Titles come from the Famicom 20th Anniversary - Original Sound Tracks, Vol.1 album, but some of the shorter jingles were never officially released.

The FDS version of the game had different game over and ending music which has yet to be ripped or recorded. It will be added to this page when it is completed.

Recording

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Title BGM Koji Kondo 2:49
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02 Overworld BGM Koji Kondo 1:01
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03 Underworld BGM Koji Kondo 0:48
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04 Item Jingle Koji Kondo 0:01
Download
05 Discovery Jingle Koji Kondo 0:01
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06 Secret Jingle Koji Kondo 0:01
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07 Catch Treasure Fanfare Koji Kondo 0:01
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08 Flute Koji Kondo 0:02
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09 Catch Triforce Fanfare Koji Kondo 0:07
Download
10 Dead Koji Kondo 0:02
Download
11 Game Over Koji Kondo 0:31
Download
12 Death Mountain BGM Koji Kondo 0:54
Download
13 When Ganon Appears and Is Defeated Fanfare Koji Kondo 0:03
Download
14 When Zelda Is Rescued Fanfare Koji Kondo 0:04
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15 Ending Theme Koji Kondo 1:45
Download

Credits

(Sources: USA (NES), Japan (FDS), alias verified by composer)

Albums

Famicom Music

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1986-05-25

Game Rip

Format

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Download

(Info)


The NSFE rip is missing some tracks that can be found in the NSF rip. Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Releases

  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: ゼルダの伝説 THE HYRULE FANTASY (FDS) (The Legend of Zelda: The Hyrule Fantasy)
Platform: Famicom Disk System
Released: 1986-02-21
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: The Legend of Zelda
Platform: NES
Released: 1987-07-??
Publisher: Nintendo of America, Inc.
  UK.svg   UK
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Title: The Legend of Zelda
Platform: NES
Released: 1987-??-??
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  Germany.svg   Germany
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Title: The Legend of Zelda
Platform: NES
Released: 1987-??-??
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  Spain.svg   Spain
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Title: The Legend of Zelda
Platform: NES
Released: 1987-??-??
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  Italy.svg   Italy
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Title: The Legend of Zelda
Platform: NES
Released: 1987-??-??
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: THE HYRULE FANTASY ゼルダの伝説 (Famicom) (The Hyrule Fantasy: The Legend of Zelda)
Platform: Famicom
Released: 1994-02-19
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  Belgium.svg   Belgium
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Title: The Legend of Zelda
Platform: NES
Released: 19??-??-??
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  France.svg   France
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Title: The Legend of Zelda
Platform: NES
Released: 19??-??-??
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  Luxembourg.svg   Luxembourg
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Title: The Legend of Zelda
Platform: NES
Released: 19??-??-??
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  Netherlands.svg   Netherlands
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Title: The Legend of Zelda
Platform: NES
Released: 19??-??-??
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.

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