Ahhhh .... The Legend of Zelda premier du nom : que de souvenirs... Mais, pour être tout à fait franc, beaucoup de jeux sur console 8 bits (Master System ou NES) dont il me restait un trés bon souvenir ont été plutôt difficile à subir 20 ans plus tard (Eh oui, 20 ans...). Et bien, The Legend of Zelda ne rentre pas dans cette catégorie là : ça reste un vrai plaisir à tous les niveaux !
La musique (bon, il faut bien dire que tout au long du jeu, il n'y en a que trois : une pour les extérieurs, une pour les donjons et une pour le dernier donjon) n'est pas vraiment exaspérante comme beaucoup d'autres le sont devenues et elle est même assez sympa (thème de Zelda oblige !).
Les graphismes sont certes rudimentaires mais le monde immense (pour l'époque) et ses divers secrets et monstres font vite oublier ces lacunes.
Certaines astuces sont vraiment introuvables (en tout cas en réfléchissant. En fait il faut essayer de faire exploser tous les murs du jeu pour trouver certains donjons en "mode difficile") et peuvent paraître dénuées d'intérêt pour les plus jeunes joueurs, habitués, (comme pour le ciné) à ce que les prouesses techniques effacent tout côté imaginatif et réfléchi.
Et sa durée de vie et vraiment satisfaisante : une fois le jeu terminé, vous pouvez recommencer une nouvelle quête (que j'appelle "mode difficile") avec les positions des donjons et des cavernes changées.
Les divers objets que vous collecterez tout au long de votre quête rajoutent encore à l'envie d'aller plus loin dans le monde d'Hyrule et les donjons sont vraiment intéressants à arpenter. Les boss sont assez variés bienqu'on les recroise plusieurs fois durant le jeu.Lire la suite ›
Voilà bien un jeu Nes Classics qui mérite largement ses 20 euros ! En sortant la version originale de The Legend of Zelda sur GBA, Nintendo offre à tous les néophytes l'opportunité de découvrir enfin le soft le plus mythique de la Nes et permet aux nostalgiques d'acquérir ce chef-d'oeuvre sur portable à l'heure où il est devenu bien difficile de faire tourner le jeu sur une console d'époque. Faisant fi du passage du temps et de l'avancée technologique, The Legend of Zelda passionnera pour toujours des générations de joueurs conquis par un plaisir de jeu inimitable.
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LONG AGO, GANON, PRINCE OF DARKNESS, STOLE THE TRIFORCE OF..15 juin 2004
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I was overwhelmingly glad when I heard about Nintendo's release of old classics, however, only one game came to my attention; Legend of Zelda, which literally created new genre in the video gaming history(although Super Mario was pretty good too except I happened to have GameboyColor version, which has this 'another' version for the advanced player). It was truly a GREAT game along with Super Mario and Metroid back in late 80s, and playing this classic once again proved that it still is. I recently finished GameboyColor version of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and was still playing its continuation, Oracle of Ages, when I got this classic (by the way, they are GREAT games!). It became very apparent to me immediately that the series has evolved considerably by comparing with the NES version. I was bit disappointed with its simplicity compare with 'evolved' series, however, playing the first dungeon convinced me that this classic is not about just simplicity; it's actually challenging. It gives out heart or fairy MUCH LESS frequently, meaning that you would have to play every single part of dungeon cautiously (man, I got killed in the first dungeon three times straight!...ok..may be I happen to be a below average player..). So is this a direct transport from NES counterpart? Yes it is, and I am glad they didn't change or add anything to it. However, I thought the volume of music could've been louder, LOUDER! I simply bought this game because of nostalgic factor. I still remember vividly how much I loved this game, holding onto the Nintendo Power Magazine with Zelda strategy section; it was my Bible. Finding out about secret stair by burning a tree or finally finding the way in the Lost Wood section... wow...it was an incredible, incredible experience in the eyes of 12 years old boy... So is this classic worth Five Stars? Definitely. I believe not only just having a classic of this magnitude itself is worths Five Stars but also being able to play this release of retro game, which ACTUALLY provides enough challenge and fun factor at your fingertip is more than enough. Witness once again the very root of this most-beloved franchise of video games. PS: starting a game with name 'ZELDA' gives totally new, more difficult version.
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CLASSIC NES's best release. Wish they had included Zelda II16 juin 2004
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[I have written two Zelda reviews, one for the original NES release published June 14, 2001, and one for the Gameboy Advanced release [in 2004] for the Classic NES series, published June 15, 2004. Mike London 12-1-2012]
Review 1: (Four stars for the rerelease. Five stars for the actual game.)
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA, one of Nintendo's most famous NES games, finally sees a rerelease on Gameboy Advance. People have been waiting a long time for this. The Super Mario series got its update (including a graphic overhaul) over a decade ago on the SNES as SUPER MARIO ALL-STARS, including a brand new (for the American market) game called THE LOST LEVELS. The two NES Zelda games, however, never got rereleased until the Game Cube (!), and on top of that, it was a promotional, free rerelease. All this being said, is the long wait worth it?
Well, sort of. Although it's great to play the old school Zelda without hooking up a working NES, it's rather pricy at twenty dollars and the graphics may very well turn off younger video gamers. Not only that, it's very odd NINTENDO gave Zelda fans four Zelda titles in the ZELDA COLLECTION for free, and here they just released the original without any bonus material or extra features. Nintendo could very easily have included ZELDA II on this cart as well. That being said, THE LEGEND OF ZELDA, of all the classic NES games re-released, is one of the few that justify's its pricetag. The rest could easily have been put in an anthology of classic NES games, instead of bringing each one out separately.
The gameplay of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA sets up the template followed by all subsequent games in the series. (Only the NES sequel has any real amount of deviation from the Zelda formula, bring in more RPG elements into the mix). You play as Link, a hero in green, who has to rescue Zelda from the evil megalomaniac, Gannon. Not to much of a story, but about as good as you got in the mid 1980s. You have to rescue eight pieces of the Triforce, which is a mystical triangle (one of three). These triforce fragments are hidden throughout the world map in various dungeons. Items you get in one dungeon gives you access to other dungeons, and as you progress, you get various upgrades for your sword and pick up new items. After you beat Gannon the first time, then a second quest opens up, with items, dungeons, and shops in entirely different locations. I wish they had released a special edition of SUPER MARIO BROTHERS with the Japanese version of SMB II as a `second quest." But oh well. Unfortunately, the second quest never really caught on with other games. The Second Quest is harder than the first. To get to the Second Quest at the beginning of the game, put "ZELDA" as your name.
The game itself is very nonlinear, which is what made it such a popular game. There was the incredible depth of adventure that just permeated the entire thing. Released during a time when most games were side-scrollers, this set you in a world where you could explore and find items. There is the now standard item list, where you obtain items and use them to interact with the world about you. There are hidden dungeons that you must find, and you can burn bushes and push rocks, etc. It radically opened the power of the NES console up, and the gaming world would never be the same.
Ironically, though, some may find ZELDA too challenging for this very reason. Bereft of any real narrative, ZELDA doesn't give you any real direction where to go next, save for the infamous, sometimes incomprehensible old men who give you `clues' on where to go next. If you don't know where you're going, you'll find yourself wondering around a lot, mostly directionless. That's what made the game so popular in the first place, but for modern games it may be off-putting how difficult it is to find some of the dungeons without some internal direction from the game. (As a perfect example, just think how many bombs you would have to use to find the very obscure ninth dungeon on the second quest.) The SNES installment gives you visual indicators on where to bomb, etc; the original ZELDA does not give you visual ques on anything. So unless you know the game well or you have access to walkthroughs, expect a lot of time just trying to figure out where to go next.
The graphics, while looking rather archaic by today's standards, holds up rather well given its age. The sprites are bright and the scenery is colourful. There's only a few instances where you can tell that the screen was squished to adapt to Game Boy Advance's screen, but this isn't very noticeable. The music is a near perfect port too, making this a very faithful recreation of the original. For those old enough to remember the NES glory days, the graphics will bring back a lot of memories; for new gamers, however, they may find it difficult to get over the primitive graphics and into the game itself. Their loss.
Conclusion: One of the few NES CLASSICS worth shelling out twenty bucks for. Still, it's rather puzzling they didn't include anything extra, or even the second NES Zelda game, given they released both ZELDA and ZELDA II, plus the two N64 games, on one spectacular, free collection for GameCube. For those who never played the original Zelda, this will hook you for life. There's no better way to start playing this historic series than the original. For those of us old enough to remember the NES, this is a great game, and a great way to relive very fond memories. Still, if you don't have the Zelda Collection, this is a very worthwhile purchase.
------------------- Review 2: One of the greatest and most influential games ever released, June 14, 2001
Released in the Stone Age of Video Games, this game stands as one of the most influential games ever released. Nintendo players quickly sent the message to Nintendo by making this one of the most played games released on the old NES, with this release staying in the top ten games as voted by Nintendo Power readers for several years. It would become the blueprint for RPG games, and its influence can be felt even now in the current game scene. Others would take this and see what they could do with it, and because of this game the RPG became an established genre, although this will always be the game that started it and stands at the beginning, casting a very long shadow over its descendants. But don't be mistaken, this RPG has some things that are very unlike its genre. Levels are not built up (this would be the next installment), and magic and that were not big concerns. Hearts were used instead of experience. But these would be incorporated in the other release, so even then Zelda has its hands on that as well.
So what is it about this game that so captured the imagination and the dollar of the average gamer? Well, one was the incredible depth of adventure that just permeated the entire thing. Released during a time when most games were side-scrollers, this set you in a world where you could explore and find items. There is the now standard item list, where you obtain items and use them to interact with the world about you. There are hidden dungeons that you must find, and you can burn bushes and push rocks, etc. It radically opened the power of the NES console up, and the gaming world would never be the same after this game.
To give a personal history, my brother and I got a Nintendo when it came out, playing all the standard games but somehow missing this one. Although I played it, it was only in 1999 that I sat down and, for the first time in my life, played through the entire game. It was amazing. We had got the Super NES counterpart when it came out in 1991, so I knew that by heart. This was just as great, although I still think the Super NES instatement, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, is the best overall though I have not yet played the two new Gameboy releases, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons. I'm sure they'll be great.
By today's standards, the graphics are absolutely terrible, and by the standards of the day, they were only average. But this proves only one thing: playability comes over a sleek looking graphical interface. And this game has that. Indeed, even now people call in asking Nintendo tips on this game. Considering the NES has been dead for several years that is something indeed. Of all things, this game desperately needs to be released on the Gameboy, packaged with the sequel Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
As far as story goes, it is nowhere near as complicated as the games that came after it. Essentially, Princess Zelda has been kidnapped and Link must regain the 8 pieces of Triforce to gain entrance to the ninth dungeon for the final showdown. Musically, there are only three tracks, one for the Overworld (the now famous Overworld Theme, commonly called the Legend of Zelda Theme, which this game's N64's counterpart has been criticized for ostracizing, the dungeon theme, and the ninth dungeon theme.) After he beats Gannon the first time, a second quest opens up, meaning yet a whole other adventure. The difficulty rating is greatly increased. I personally think they should have down this with SUPER MARIO BROTHERS II, the Japanese version, now known in the States as THE LOST LEVELS. It corresponds in difficulty to a second quest. But that is neither here or there. The great disappointment is that no one else took this to heart, and this is one feature that has not been a major influence on the RPG genre. The second quest so enriched the game, giving the gamer more for his/her dollar, and I wish they'd do second quests more.
As far as games go, "The Legend of Zelda"'s influence cannot be overestimated. Truly one of the giants of the Gaming Universe. This and SMB 3 Super Mario Bros. 3 are the best NES games by far. Lets hope they re-release it soon!
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Of all the Classic NES series THIS is the one to get!11 juin 2004
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Compared to the rest of the Classic NES series, The Legend of Zelda is by far the best to get. Unlike a couple of the other big name classics (like Super Mario Bros.) it hasn't been released an abundance of times. In fact, Zelda has only been re-released once and that was with the limited edition Gamecube. Other than that, this re-release is the one you should be getting! Journey back to 1986-87 where you DIDN'T have 3D games. Take a look at "The Legend of Zelda". This is THE game that truly defined adventure and was one of the first to allow you to save your game! Anyone who hasn't played Zelda either because you didn't have it on the NES or weren't around for the NES era should play it. Not just to see how far the Zelda series has come but to see how far gaming has come! The story is classic! The Evil theif Ganon has come to the land to steal the Triforce of courage. But Princess Zelda broke the Triforce into 8 pieces and hid them from Ganon. Angry at this Ganon kidnapped and imprisoned Princess Zelda. Now a hero must come forth and rescue the Princess, find the eight pieces of the triforce and save the land of hyrule! One of the few early games that had more to it than just "Saving the Princess". The game is unbelievable and of all the Classic NES release games THIS should be the game to get. This was almost undoubtably the greatest game on the NES and now you've got the entire original ported to the GBA. Keep in mind its a DIRECT port. There are no bonus features and that sort of thing. Perhaps my only gripe with this game (and it sounds stupid I know) is that the GBA cartridge isn't a Gold cartridge. The original NES version had a Gold cartridge and I was hoping that the "Classic NES Series" would recapture that Gold Cartridge. Either way, this doesn't make a difference to the experience of the game. If there is one Classic NES game you should get... this would be it.
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Excellent game almost identical to original for NES26 novembre 2005
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The first time I purchased this game was for about $55 in Novemeber of 1988 when I was in the 5th grade. It took me till July of 1989 to finally beat this game and then took me till 1991 sometime to beat Zelda II the Adventure of Link. Back in these days the Internet did not exist for the public, and most homes lacked a computer. Back in these days if you wanted tips you needed to buy a magazine or a book. I beat Zelda with almost none of the above. I beat it with nearly pure trial and error. A true and rare accomplishment during the 1988-1989 era in gaming history!
It brought back memories from my childhood when I purchased this game again the other day ago for my Game Boy Advance for $14.99. So far it has taken me 2-3 days to get to level 9. I expect to finish the first quest soon.
My only gripes are really the lack of a "equal" manual to the original, and lack of a "gold" cover. The original I purchased in 1988 included a overworld map, and far more detail about the nasties and weapons. But besides this the GBA version is nearly identical to the original. I did notice some other improvements to the original NES version.
1. Sleep mode
2. A pause text shows on the screen when you hit pause. The original lacked this
3. You can save the game without first dying from the start screen by holding down select and the up arrow.
4. When you turn the power off when the game is playing you do not risk the chance that your file will be erased. The original 1988 version had this problem. But frankly I think the improvement is more due to the advance in computer technology.
Overall a great game. It probably will be difficult for the new kids to get into these oldies, but for us old timers this one will bring back memories. I plan to buy Zelda II next and beat that one again. But I'm afraid I may need to look at the web for some tips, since its been a good 14 years since I last beat that one.
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Pure bliss7 septembre 2004
P. D. Smith
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As every other review has stated thus far, Zelda was one of greatest video games to be released in the '80s. I still clearly remember when I had an NES and when I bought Zelda. The golden cartridge amazed me, and I was absolutely enthralled.
There is so much to do in this game that you'll probably never get bored. Every square has the potential to be a secret area - and it's up to you to figure out whether to use bombs or a candle. There are extremely primitive side-quests, such as taking a letter to an old man gives you to an old woman (who, after delivery, lets you buy potions from her).
If the gaming industry put as much gameplay into their products as Nintendo put into the first Zelda, we'd have a much better assortment of games to choose from...
All in all, if you have a GBA and you DIDN'T buy this game, you'd not only be a moron but you'd be missing out on a great classic.