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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