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Legend of Zelda series

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Legend of Zelda (often referred to as simply Zelda) is a series of games by Nintendo that traditionally combine action-based gameplay with puzzle-solving and light role-playing elements. The games are set in a magical, medieval fantasy-like land of Hyrule, and for the most part feature at least three recurrent characters: the protagonist, a young boy named Link; the titular princess Zelda, whose rescue is usually the goal of the game; and the antagonist, an evil magician known as Ganon or Ganondorf.

The first game in the series, The Legend of Zelda (1986), was notable for adding extensive exploration and problem-solving in a vast game world to the action genre. The game was instrumental in paving the path for the birth of the so-called "action-adventures", and also influenced the development of action role-playing games. Further installments followed and expanded upon its formula. Early games usually had a top-down perspective (with the notable exception of the side-scrolling The Adventure of Link (1987), which also was the only game with true RPG elements in the series); later, Ocarina of Time (1998) made a shift to 3D for the series.

Zelda games are known for their character management, which lends a RPG-like flavor to the games. Link can equip weapons and armor, buy and sell items, visit towns, and talk to non-player characters. Link's abilities can be enhanced, and attributes raised; this is done by finding specific items that affect these attributes or by advancing the plot rather than by gathering experience points and leveling up.

Dungeons in Zelda games commonly contain various traps that the player has to overcome by using Link's items and abilities, in a light puzzle-solving fashion. The games often contain many secrets and optional areas, which may bestow benefits upon the protagonist but are not required to discover in order to complete the game.

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Limited Edition)2013Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.40
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Special Edition Gold Pack)2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of Europe GmbH2.00
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.42
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition2011Nintendo DSiNintendo of Europe GmbH...
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D2011Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.3.62
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword2011WiiNintendo of America Inc.4.58
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Limited Edition Pack)2011WiiNintendo of America Inc.4.00
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks2009Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.02
Link's Crossbow Training2007WiiNintendo of America Inc.3.41
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass2007Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.03
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess2006GameCube, WiiNintendo of America Inc.4.02
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker / Metroid Prime2005GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.4.32
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap2004Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.94
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures2004GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.89
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Limited Edition)2003GameCubeNintendo of Europe GmbH4.75
The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition2003GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.98
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker2002GameCube, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.04
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time / Master Quest 2002GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.75
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords2002Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.3.65
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages2001Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DSNintendo Co., Ltd.3.90
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons2001Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.3.86
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask2000Nintendo 64, WiiNintendo of America Inc.3.98
Picross NP Vol.51999SNESNintendo Co., Ltd....
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time1998Nintendo 64, WiiNintendo of America Inc.4.07
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX1998Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.04
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