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The Legend of Zelda NES (3DS Virtual Console)
A legend is born
by Mike Rose 4/5/2012
Product: The Legend of Zelda
Publisher: Nintendo
Format: 3DS
Players: 1
Version: Europe
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The Legend of Zelda is the game that spawned one of the greatest gaming franchises in the world, and it's still clear from giving it a play-through that many of those initial ideas have carried through to Zelda releases today.

It can be a little rough in places, where certain concepts haven't yet been honed to perfection, and some may find it rather tricky, but it's still great fun to see the roots of this dominant franchise.

Tri, tri, tri again

What The Legend of Zelda has - and the majority of more recent Zeldas arguably don't have - is a completely open world for you to explore, with barely any hints about where you're meant to be going. ...
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A great way to spend a couple of evenings if you're a fan of the Zelda series but haven't yet got around to seeing where it all began
Audio/visual: 9
Gameplay: 8
Value: 9
Innovation: 8
Overall: 8
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