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Action

Description

In action games players are required to have good reflexes and quick reaction in order to overcome challenges. Action games typically focus on combat, during which the player must press buttons or keys rapidly or in timed intervals in order to execute attacks and other moves. Non-combat challenges may include avoiding traps, jumping, running, completing tasks within a pressing time limit, etc.

Common action sub-genres are shooters, fighting, and platform games.

Though most racing / driving, sports, and many simulation games contain action-oriented gameplay, they can be considered action games only if they specifically emphasize arcade-like, reflex-based gameplay.

Action games may include extensive non-violent exploration and/or puzzle-solving, or combine themselves with other genres, e.g. role-playing or driving.

Quick thinking is often required to succeed in action games; however, games that specifically emphasize quick thinking over reflexes are usually real-time strategy or puzzle games.
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The Legend of Xanadu TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1994) and Wii (2008)

In Legend of Xanadu, the player controls a young adventurer named Areios. Monsters attack his homeland, and he is forced...

Nintendo 3DS (2013)

The Special Edition Gold Pack was available for pre-order at UK store GAME.It included: The Legend of Zelda: A Link...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2013)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is the sequel to 1991's The Legend of Zelda: A Link to...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords features two games, a port of the SNES game The...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past SNES Front Cover

SNES (1991), Wii (2006) and Wii U (2014)

Recently, famine and drought have plagued Hyrule. When all seemed lost, a mysterious wizard, Agahnim, appeared, and stopped these strange...

The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

This disc contains emulated versions of the NES games The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link,...

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2004)

Long ago in the kingdom of Hyrule, an evil sorcerer began kidnapping young maidens. This sorcerer was known as Vaati,...

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2011)

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition is a port of the multiplayer component of The Legend of Zelda:...

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1998) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

This game is a color-enhanced update to Link's Awakening. The game is also compatible with the original Game Boy.This is...

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993)

The fourth game in the Zelda series although it does not take place in Hyrule. After being attacked at sea,...

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000) and Wii (2009)

After having fulfilled Princess Zelda's request and saved the land of Hyrule from a grave danger, Link departs on his...

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is a graphically enhanced remake of the Nintendo 64 version. The game...

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time / Master Quest  GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002)

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time / Master Quest is a compilation disc containing the N64 classic The Legend...

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998) and Wii (2007)

A young boy named Link was raised in the village of the elf-like Kokiri people. One day a fairy named...

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

A pall of Darkness has fallen over the land of Labrynna. The Sorceress of Shadows has captured the Oracle of...

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

The land of Holodrum is dying and Onox, the General of Darkness, has imprisoned the Oracle of Seasons and is...

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

The Legend of Zelda arrives on the Nintendo DS with The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. This game starts off...

The  Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Limited Edition Pack) Wii Front Cover

Wii (2011)

This special edition includes: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Golden Wii Remote Plus with a Zelda logo and a...

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Wii Front Cover

Wii (2011)

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword once again places the player in control of Link, a Hylian boy who this...

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Apprentice engineer, Link, is ready to travel to Hyrule Castle and receive his engineer's license - and meet Princess Zelda...

The Legend of Zelda Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1986), Wii (2006), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and Wii U (2013)

In one of the darkest times in the Kingdom of Hyrule, a young, pointy-eared boy named Link takes on an...

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and Wii U (2014)

While at a festival with Princess Zelda, Link encounters a mysterious mage, called Vaati, who turns the princess to stone....

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Limited Edition) GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

The limited edition of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker includes the game itself and a second disk containing:...

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002) and Wii U (2013)

Link is a young boy who lives with his grandmother on the Outset Island, one of the many small islands...

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2006) and Wii (2006)

Twilight Princess is the first Legend of Zelda game for the Wii and also the last for GameCube. At first...

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