February 21, 1986: The Legend of Zelda
1986 – The 3rd person action adventure game The Legend of Zelda was released by Nintendo for the Famicon in Japan. There, it was known as “The Hyrule Fantasy: The Legend of Zelda”. Hyrule was the fantasy land the game took place in. In the game, Link was given tasks in ultimate goal to rescue Princess Zelda from Ganon.
The game took up the full 128 KB ROM. Passwords had to be written to Famicon’s disk drive. Something that the NES did not have.
The game wasn’t released to the US until August 22, 1987. Nintendo had doubts this game would be well received in the US, therefore they made a gold cartridge casing and had a corner of the box cut away so people could see it. But it was the game that won people’s hearts as by 1988 the Legend of Zelda sold 2 million copies.
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