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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.9
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.8
Overall User Score (39 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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100 (Jun 30, 2004)
Legend of Zelda packs the same stellar punch that it did when I was 8 years old and it was amazing how all the secrets and tricks in the game seemed to come flooding back to me all these years later. The graphics are standard fare 8-bit, but the gameplay is just as addicting as it ever was. I implore everyone that doesn't own this to find a copy as soon as possible.
Gaming Target (Jun 15, 2004)
How do you review a re-release of what is arguably the greatest game ever created? Do I talk about my feelings about The Legend of Zelda from the perspective of the eight year old boy that first played it? Is it even fair to compare it to contemporary games? Should I try to wipe the slate clean and review it as if I had never played it before? That would be quite the difficult task. I guess I'll just have to dive right in and find out.
The Video Game Critic (Jul 18, 2004)
Legend of Zelda may be timeless, but it understandably lacks the polish of subsequent Zeldas. I don't like how the monsters materialize briefly after you enter a screen, resulting in some really cheap hits. It's also annoying how when you reach the edge of the "world", the screens just start to repeat in a confusing manner. Some of Zelda's graphics are a bit hard to discern on the small Gameboy screen - many creatures are hard to see at all. But despite these minor quibbles, Legend of Zelda is still a very satisfying experience. Plus, it's refreshing to play a Zelda game that you can finish in a weekend.
1UP (Jun 07, 2004)
A few months ago, my roommate and I were discussing how much we'd love to see a GameBoy Advance version of the original Legend of Zelda. The GameCube Collector's Edition reminded us how much we enjoy the old NES classic and how the two Oracles titles for GameBoy Color began life as a straight port of the game. Surely, we speculated, it wouldn't be hard for Nintendo to finish what they started and give us a "Zelda All-Stars" sort of collection for GBA... or, at the very least, a no-frills budget-priced remake of the original. Right?
GameZone (Jul 01, 2004)
Ever since I played the Legend of Zelda on the NES years ago, I have been hooked on the series. I have loved playing every Zelda game that Nintendo has released throughout the years. Even though I was skeptical of the Wind Waker when it was first announced, I was still was one of the first people to pick it up, and I am really ecstatic about this latest game that Nintendo showed at E3 this year. When I heard that Nintendo was re-releasing many of its classic NES games, I was very happy to hear that The Legend of Zelda would be one of them. Does this game still captivate me, just like it did so many years ago? Read on to find out!
GamePro (US) (Aug 06, 2004)
One of the few video-game designers in the 1980s truly possessed of genius, Shigeru Miyamoto inoculated American youth with Super Mario Bros. before unleashing this quasi-RPG/exploration masterpiece that infected a generation of game geeks like a communicable disease.
Netjak (Jun 23, 2004)
If you’re thinking about buying the Classic NES version of The Legend of Zelda (or any of the Classic NES games, for that matter), the important thing to understand is that you’re getting exactly that, being the version that came out for the NES; you get nothing more and nothing less. More than any of the other NES re-releases, though, The Legend of Zelda is easily worth the $20 investment, despite the lack of updates and occasional slowdown. In fact, the only thing that makes the decision to purchase the re-release of The Legend of Zelda is that it was just reissued on the Zelda Collector’s Edition for GameCube several months ago. Overall, though, Zelda is just as much fun today as it was almost twenty years ago, and it holds up extremely well against its modern competition. And, after all, isn’t it worth $20 to not have to blow into the cartridge for five straight minutes every time you want to play Zelda?
Meristation (Aug 23, 2004)
The Legend of Zelda es un título tan bueno ahora como el día que fue lanzado en NES. Sin embargo, The Legend of Zelda es exactamente el mismo título ahora que cuando fue lanzado en NES, con todas sus virtudes y defectos. Tal vez Nintendo podría haber homenajeado este gran título con algún tipo de extra que impulsase a los jugadores a hacerse con él, pero la carencia absoluta de novedades deja un sabor agridulce a los aficionados a la saga.
IGN (Jun 04, 2004)
When The Legend of Zelda first hit the scene on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986, it had one of the dumbest, most obscure television adverts promoting the NES adventure. Some dude, most likely the winner of the Lindsay Buckingham look-alike contest, runs across the screen defying physics (and logic) to find the lost Zelda in a thirty second span. And you thought the ad for Super Mario Sunshine was bad... Despite the overall crummyness of the commercial, the game went on to become a great success for Nintendo during the company's early years, which is a testament to just how great a game it really was back in the mid 80s.
Wie alle anderen Spiele der NES Classics-Serie hinkt auch Zelda technisch hoffnungslos hinterher und hält einem deutlich vor Augen, wie begrenzt die Hardwarefähigkeiten damals waren, Aber gerade das macht die Faszination dieses Titels aus: Zu sehen, wie alles begann und wie bekannte Elemente aus heutigen Zelda-Spielen ihren Ursprung hatten.
75 (Jul 12, 2004)
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.
FOK!games (Jul 28, 2004)
Heeft de game de tand des tijds doorstaan? Dit is een moeilijke vraag en ik denk dat die niet in één zin te beantwoorden is. Voor iemand die nog nooit een Zelda-avontuur gespeeld heeft zou ik - ondanks de relatief lage prijs - dit spel niet aanraden. Het feit dat er te weinig feedback aan de speler gegeven wordt betekent dat het risico te groot is dat men het spel links laat liggen. Ik denk in dit opzicht ook dat Nintendo een fout heeft gemaakt door geen papieren kaart bij het spel te leveren. Wil je dus 'schoon' aan de Zeldareeks beginnen dan raad ik Zelda: a Link to the Past aan (reeds eerder op GBA verschenen), wat op alle punten een veel verfijndere game is om 'erin' te komen.
GameSpot (Jun 08, 2004)
The Legend of Zelda series has been one of Nintendo's most active since its domestic introduction back in 1987. In addition, it's been one of the most popular series of games ever created. The several sequels that have been released over the last 17 years have all followed the same basic blueprint as the original action adventure game that was released on the NES. Now, players can go back to the original game--but this time on their Game Boy Advances--because it's been rereleased as part of Nintendo's Classic NES Series. Though the game is old and has been followed up by plenty of other, deeper games in the series, The Legend of Zelda still holds up quite well, making it one of the only games in Nintendo's Classic NES Series that is worth the $20 price tag.
Legendra (Jul 15, 2007)
Posant les bases de ce qui deviendra l’une des plus grandes sagas du jeu vidéo, The Legend of Zelda s’en sort avec les honneurs, malgré une difficulté élevée qui en énervera plus d’un. Néanmoins le défi est au rendez-vous et la durée de vie (moins de 10 heures) est doublée si vous voulez accéder à la vraie fin. Un portage qui permettra à tous ceux qui n'ont pas pu s'essayer au titre original de découvrir le premier titre d'une saga culte.