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Classic NES Series: The Legend of Zelda Game Boy Review

If you’ve been following E3 2004, you probably have a good idea of what most people are looking forward? Well, if you don’t, you must have been living in a cave because it is one of the most popular franchise Nintendo has and it was born on the NES. Well, if you still don’t know, I am talking about the Legend of Zelda, one of the most popular adventure game of all times! This one hasn’t gotten any remakes or port though, except for one on the Super Famicom and the Legend of Zelda Collection on GameCube. Since it has been released part of Nintendo’s NES Classic series, if you still haven’t tried it yet, I think now is the time.

Like you already know, you are link and you are in the land of Hyrule. The evil Gannon has kidnapped Princess Zelda and it is up to you to save her, just like Mario has to save Princess Toadstoal. But unlike Mario, you won’t be jumping on people, but you’ll be using your sword and items to go through dungeons, defeat monsters and find all of the pieces of the legendary Triforce!

Like with all of the other NES Classic games, some scanlines were removed to fit the game on the GBA screen. I found it less apparent on this game as I haven’t really seen anything that was really affected by it, like with Super Mario Bros. Besides that, it looks the same as I remember it when I first played it on my NES.

The same can be said on the sound side. The music is still fun to listen too, and even if you haven’t played the game before, you’ll remember some of them as they were used many times after that in the sequels. The sound effects were also pretty cool for it’s time and even though they are dated, any nostalgic gamer will be happy to hear them again.

Since this is a single player game, there aren’t any new features like multiplayer or stuff like that, it is the exact same game, nothing more. It doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing though as the adventure can be pretty long if it’s your first time through and there is a second variation of it once you finish the game. There are also hearts to find to keep you busy for some time.