The Legend of Zelda is a video game franchise developed by Nintendo. It was first released in Japan in 1986, and later released in North America and Europe. Since its release, the series has become a staple in the gaming industry. These games feature a complex storyline, puzzle-solving, and strategic action. They also have unique, beautiful settings.
In the game, Link must fly down to a world below, where he must rescue Princess Zelda and defeat a powerful creature known as Ganon. This is the main antagonist in the series. Other characters include Vaati, a more modern villain who has appeared in several Zelda games.
The first Legend of Zelda game was released in North America and Europe in cartridge format. Later, it was ported to the Game Boy Advance.
After the success of the original, many more sequels have been released. Most are set in the same fictional universe as the original, and usually involve the divine relic Triforce.
A Link to the Past, released in 1992, added an alternate dimension and a top-down view. Ocarina of Time, released in 1998, continued the core gameplay of previous 2D Zelda games.
Another notable game in the series is The Wind Waker, which was released in December 2002. It was the first Zelda game that was not primarily set in Hyrule. As in the original game, wind control is a major factor in the gameplay.
There have been many spin-offs and abandon games in the series. The most recent of these is the Wind Waker HD, released in 2013.
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