The Legend of Zelda, one of the most iconic video games in the history of the industry, turned 35  earlier this year. Yep, the epic quest that kept many a  Gen-Xer up late into the night, exploring the world of  Hyrule, is now three-and-half decades old. The game  was released in Japan for the Famicom Disc System in  1986 and hit North America for the Nintendo NES the  next year.

In 1986, while North American audiences were happily  obsessing over repeatedly rescuing the princess in  the NES’s venerable pack-in title, Super Mario Bros.,  another princess from across the Pacific Ocean would  soon call to us to raise our swords (and controllers) to  help save her as well.

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A full-time freelance writer, Brett Weiss is the author of the Classic Home Video Games series, The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987, Encyclopedia of KISS, and various other books, including the forthcoming The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 1 (A–M). He’s had articles published in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Game Informer, Classic Gamer Magazine, Video Game Trader, Video Game Collector, Filmfax, Fangoria, and AntiqueWeek, among others.  Check him out at