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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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Title Released Platforms Genres Moby Score
BS Zelda no Densetsu 1995 SNES Action
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box cover thumbnail BS Zelda no Densetsu: Inishie no Sekiban 1997 SNES Action
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box cover thumbnail Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer... 2019 Nintendo Switch Action
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box cover thumbnail Game & Watch Color Screen: The Legend of Zelda 2021 Dedicated handheld Action, Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Game & Watch Multi Screen: Zelda 1989 Dedicated handheld Action
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box cover thumbnail Hyrule Warriors 2014 Wii U Action
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box cover thumbnail Hyrule Warriors (Limited Edition) 2014 Wii U Special edition
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box cover thumbnail Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity 2020 Nintendo Switch Action
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box cover thumbnail Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition 2018 Nintendo Switch Action
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Hyrule Warriors: Hero of Hyrule Pack 2014 Wii U DLC / Add-on, Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Hyrule Warriors: Legends 2016 Nintendo 3DS Action
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box cover thumbnail Hyrule Warriors: Legends (Limited Edition) 2016 Nintendo 3DS Special edition
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Hyrule Warriors: Master Quest Pack 2014 Wii U Add-on
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Hyrule Warriors: Twilight Princess Pack 2014 Wii U Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Link's Crossbow Training 2007 Wii Action
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box cover thumbnail Link: The Faces of Evil 1993 CD-i Action
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Mario Kart 8: The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 2014 Wii U DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail My Nintendo Picross: The Legend of Zelda -... 2016 Nintendo 3DS Puzzle
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box cover thumbnail Picross NP Vol.5 1999 SNES Puzzle
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda 1986 NES, Game Boy Advance (+4 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 2013 Nintendo 3DS Action
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds... 2013 Nintendo 3DS Special edition
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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds... 2013 Nintendo 3DS Special edition
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 1991 SNES, Wii (+3 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords 2002 Game Boy Advance Action
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2017 Wii U, Nintendo Switch Action
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild... 2017 Nintendo Switch Special edition
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild... 2017 Nintendo Switch Special edition
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild... 2017 Nintendo Switch Special edition
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild... 2017 Nintendo Switch Special edition
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild -... 2017 Wii U, Nintendo Switch Add-on
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition 2003 GameCube Action, Compilation
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords - Anniversary Edition 2011 Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS Action
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures 2004 GameCube Action
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 2019 Nintendo Switch Action
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 1993 Game Boy Action
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Dreamer Edition) 2019 Nintendo Switch Special edition
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Limited Edition) 2019 Nintendo Switch Special edition
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX 1998 Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DS (+1 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 2000 Nintendo 64, Wii (+2 more) Action
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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Limited... 2000 Nintendo 64 Special edition
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D 2015 Nintendo 3DS Action
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (Special Edition) 2015 Nintendo 3DS Special edition
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 1998 Nintendo 64, Wii (+2 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time / Master Quest 2002 GameCube Action, Compilation
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D 2011 Nintendo 3DS Action
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D... 2011 Nintendo 3DS Special edition
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages 2001 Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DS Action
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons 2001 Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DS Action
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box cover thumbnail The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass 2007 Nintendo DS, Wii U Action
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