The Legend of Zelda series

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The Legend of Zelda
ゼルダの伝説
Zeruda no Densetsu
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Creator: Shigeru Miyamoto
First game: The Legend of Zelda (1986)
Bestselling game: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (7.6 million copies)
Latest game: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
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The Legend of Zelda (Japanese: ゼルダの伝説 Zelda no Densetsu) is a Nintendo franchise that debuted with a title on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986 (Japan release) and 1987 for American and European gamers. Nintendo has managed to release a title of the series for each handheld and console system released to date (with the exception of the short-lived Virtual Boy).

Shigeru Miyamoto is known to be the primary creator of the series and its characters. He has said that he was inspired by The Lord of the Rings saga and his own exploration of caves near his childhood home. Eiji Aonuma has taken lead development roles on each game since Majora's Mask, with Miyamoto taking a supervisory role.

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Overview

Main games

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Other games

Following their failed collaboration on the Super Nintendo CD add-on project, Philips still retained the rights to have Nintendo characters appear in games for the Philips CD-i. Under this deal, three The Legend of Zelda games were released by Philips Media. Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, released simultaneously in 1993, were both developed by Animation Magic and feature Link and Zelda as the respective star characters in a side-scrolling action game similar to Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. The third game, Zelda's Adventure, was released in 1995, developed by Viridis, and features gameplay similar to other 2D The Legend of Zelda games. The three games have received widely negative reception from fans and critics, are widely considered to be non-canon to the series, and have rarely been acknowledged by Nintendo, though the games' poorly-animated cutscenes have been frequently used as a source in many remixes.

Nintendo would collaborate with Koei Tecmo to develop Hyrule Warriors, released for Wii U in 2014. The game features The Legend of Zelda characters and locations with the gameplay of Koei's Dynasty Warriors franchise. The game later received a Nintendo 3DS port, Hyrule Warriors Legends, in 2016.

Other media

Airing alongside The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! was The Legend of Zelda, a cartoon based on the first two entries in the series by DiC Entertainment, which would air on Fridays in place of the Super Mario cartoon segment. The Legend of Zelda was also the basis for a number of episodes of another DiC animated series, Captain N: The Game Master.

Other appearances

Link has made minor and cameo appearances in a number of other Nintendo games. Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up features Link on two of the game's pages. In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Link appears during the Cranky's Video Game Heroes rankings in third place. In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Link can be found sleeping at the Rose Town inn after defeating Bowyer. In Super Mario 3D World, the button puzzle in Rainbow Run reveals Link's original sprite when all of the buttons are pressed and plays a rendition of the series' main theme.

A number of elements from The Legend of Zelda series have appeared in Super Smash Bros. Link has appeared as a playable character since the original game, while other series mainstays Zelda and Ganondorf were introduced in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Young Link, the child form of Link in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, also appears as a playable character in Melee, while Toon Link, the cartoon-stylized incarnation of the character popularized by The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, debuted in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. While Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U did not introduce a new playable character from the series, it instead split Zelda and Sheik, who could previously transform between each other, into two separate characters. Other characters include minor recurring character Tingle and Ghirahim from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, who both appear as Assist Trophies. In the original game, Hyrule Castle appears as a stage. Super Smash Bros. Melee features Great Bay from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and Temple as a stage based on the series. In Brawl, the Bridge of Eldin and Pirate Ship appear as new stages. Finally, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS features Gerudo Valley as a new stage, while Super Smash Bros. for Wii U features Skyloft. The games also feature a number of items based on items in the series, such as Heart Containers, the Bunny Hood, and Deku Nuts.

Games

Game JP release NA release EU release AUS release KOR release Console
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Main games
The Legend of Zelda 1986 1987 1987 N/A N/A Famicom Disk System / NES
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 1987 1988 1988 N/A N/A Famicom Disk System / NES
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1991 1992 1992 N/A N/A SNES
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 1993 1993 1993 1993 N/A Game Boy
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998 1998 1998 N/A N/A Nintendo 64
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 2000 2000 2000 N/A N/A Nintendo 64
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons 2001 2001 2001 2001 N/A Game Boy Color
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords 2002 2003 2003 N/A N/A Game Boy Advance
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 2002 2003 2003 2003 N/A Nintendo GameCube
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures 2004 2004 2005 2005 N/A Nintendo GameCube
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap 2004 2005 2004 2005 N/A Game Boy Advance
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 2006 2006 2006 2006 2009 Nintendo GameCube / Wii
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass 2007 2007 2007 2007 N/A Nintendo DS
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks 2009 2009 2009 2009 N/A Nintendo DS
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 Wii
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 2013 2013 2013 2013 2014 Nintendo 3DS
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes 2015 2015 2015 2015 2016 Nintendo 3DS
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2017 2017 2017 2017 2018 Wii U / Nintendo Switch
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Non-canon / spin-off games
Zelda N/A 1989 N/A N/A N/A Game & Watch
BS The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets N/A 1997 N/A N/A N/A BS-X Broadcasting System
Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland 2006 N/A N/A N/A N/A Nintendo DS
Link's Crossbow Training 2007 2008 2007 2007 2010 Wii
Tingle's Balloon Fight DS 2007 N/A N/A N/A N/A Nintendo DS
Color Changing Tingle's Love Balloon Trip 2009 N/A N/A N/A N/A Nintendo DS
Hyrule Warriors 2014 2014 2014 2014 N/A Wii U
My Nintendo Picross: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 2016 2016 2016 2016 N/A Wii U
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Ports and remakes
BS The Legend of Zelda 1997 N/A N/A N/A N/A BS-X Broadcasting System
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1997 N/A N/A N/A N/A BS-X Broadcasting System
Classic NES Series: The Legend of Zelda 2004 2004 2004 2004 N/A Game Boy Advance
Classic NES Series: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 2004 2004 2005 2005 N/A Game Boy Advance
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D 2011 2011 2011 2011 2012 Nintendo 3DS
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition 2011 2011 2011 2011 N/A Nintendo DSi / Nintendo 3DS
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD 2013 2013 2013 2013 N/A Wii U
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D 2015 2015 2015 2015 2016 Nintendo 3DS
Hyrule Warriors Legends 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016 Nintendo 3DS
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD 2016 2016 2016 2016 N/A Wii U

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