List of The Legend of Zelda media

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Many games in the Legend of Zelda series including ports and remakes

The Legend of Zelda is a video game series created by game designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka. It is developed and published by Nintendo. The series debuted in Japan with The Legend of Zelda (known in Japan as The Hyrule Fantasy: Zelda no Densetsu) on February 21, 1986, and was later released in North America (August 22, 1987) and Europe (November 27, 1987). The Legend of Zelda video games have been developed exclusively for Nintendo video game consoles and handhelds, dating from the Family Computer Disk System to the current generation of video game consoles. Spin-off titles, however, have been released on non-Nintendo systems. The franchise consists of 27 video games, including original titles, ports, and remakes. Over 52 million copies have been sold since the release of the first game.[1] The franchise also includes a cartoon adaptation, multiple comic book adaptations, and soundtracks.

The gameplay consists of a mixture of action, adventure, puzzle-solving, and role-playing video game. The series centers on Link, the main protagonist and character controlled by the player. Link is often given the task of rescuing Princess Zelda and the most common setting of the series, Hyrule, from Ganon, the series' primary antagonist. Other minor settings and antagonists have appeared throughout the series; Vaati has become one of the series' newer recurring antagonists. The games in The Legend of Zelda series with two-dimensional (2D) graphics feature side-scrolling or overhead view gameplay, while the games with three-dimensional (3D) graphics give the player a third-person perspective.[2] The franchise holds several Guinness World Records, including first game with a battery-powered save feature and longest-running action-adventure series.[3]

Video games[edit]

Main series[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[4][5]
  • JP February 21, 1986
  • NA August 22, 1987
  • PAL November 15, 1987
Release years by system:
1986 – Famicom Disk System[4]
1987 – Nintendo Entertainment System[5]
2003 – Nintendo GameCube[6]
2004 – Game Boy Advance[7]
2006 – Virtual Console[8]
2012 – 3DS Virtual Console
2013 – Wii U Virtual Console
Notes:
  • The first game in The Legend of Zelda series[2]
  • Created by Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto as the "killer app" for the Famicom Disk System[2]
  • Released outside Japan for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987, becoming the first game to feature a battery-powered save function[3]
  • Helped popularize the action-adventure genre of video games[2]
  • Known in Japan as The Hyrule Fantasy: The Legend of Zelda (The Hyrule Fantasyゼルダの伝説 The Hyrule Fantasy Zeruda no Densetsu?)
  • Re-released for the Japanese Family Computer as The Legend of Zelda 1 (ゼルダの伝説1?) in 1994[9]



Original release date(s):[10][11][12]
  • JP January 14, 1987
  • PAL September 26, 1988
  • NA December 1, 1988
Release years by system:
1987 – Famicom Disk System [13]
1988 – Nintendo Entertainment System[11]
2003 – Nintendo GameCube[6]
2004 – Game Boy Advance[14]
2007 – Virtual Console[15]
2012 – 3DS Virtual Console
2013 – Wii U Virtual Console
Notes:



Original release date(s):[17]
  • JP November 21, 1991
  • NA April 13, 1992
  • PAL September 24, 1992
Release years by system:
1991 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System[17]
1997 – Satellaview[18]
2002 – Game Boy Advance[19]
2006 – Virtual Console[20]
2013 – Wii U Virtual Console
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Zeruda no Densetsu Kamigami no Toraifōsu (ゼルダの伝説 神々のトライフォース?, lit. "The Legend of Zelda: Triforce of the Gods")[21]
  • Introduced two parallel worlds concept to the series.[16]
  • Re-released in North America as part of Nintendo's Player's Choice line[17]
  • Game Boy Advance re-release includes a multi-player portion(The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords)[16]



Original release date(s):[22]
  • JP June 6, 1993
  • NA August 1993
  • PAL 1993
Release years by system:
1993 – Game Boy[22]
1998 – Game Boy Color[23]
2011 – 3DS Virtual Console
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Zeruda no Densetsu Yume o Miru Shima (ゼルダの伝説 夢をみる島?, lit. "The Legend of Zelda: Dreaming Island")[24]
  • First title for Nintendo's handheld consoles[16]
  • Re-released for the Game Boy Color, under the title of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, with additional elements[16]



Original release date(s):[25]
  • JP November 21, 1998
  • NA November 23, 1998
  • PAL December 11, 1998
  • CHN November 2003
Release years by system:
1998 – Nintendo 64[25]
2003 – Nintendo GameCube[26]
2003 – iQue Player[27]
2007 – Virtual Console[28]
2011 – Nintendo 3DS[29]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[32]
  • JP April 27, 2000
  • NA October 25, 2000
  • PAL November 17, 2000
Release years by system:
2000 – Nintendo 64[32]
2003 – Nintendo GameCube[6]
2009 – Virtual Console[33]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[36]
  • JP February 27, 2001
  • NA May 13, 2001
  • PAL October 5, 2001
Release years by system:
2001 – Game Boy Color[36]
2013 – 3DS Virtual Console[37]
Notes:
  • Developed in conjunction with Capcom[16]
  • Features a time travel game mechanic[16]
  • Links with The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons[16][38]
  • Known in Japan as Zeruda no Densetsu Fushigi no Ki no Mi Jikū no Shō (ゼルダの伝説 ふしぎの木の実 時空の章?, lit. "The Legend of Zelda: Nut of the Mysterious Tree: Chapter of Time and Space")[39]



Original release date(s):[40]
  • JP February 27, 2001
  • NA May 13, 2001
  • PAL October 5, 2001
Release years by system:
2001 – Game Boy Color[40]
2013 – 3DS Virtual Console [37]
Notes:
  • Developed in conjunction with Capcom[16]
  • Features a game mechanic that changes the season of the year[16]
  • Links with The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages[16][38]
  • Known in Japan as Zeruda no Densetsu Fushigi no Ki no Mi Daichi no Shō (ゼルダの伝説 ふしぎの木の実 大地の章?, lit. "The Legend of Zelda: Nut of the Mysterious Tree: Chapter of Earth")[39]



Original release date(s):[41]
  • NA December 3, 2002
  • JP March 14, 2003
  • PAL March 28, 2003
Release years by system:
2002 – Game Boy Advance[41]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[43]
  • JP December 13, 2002
  • NA March 24, 2003
  • PAL May 2, 2003
Release years by system:
2002 – Nintendo GameCube[43]
2013 – Wii U[44]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Zeruda no Densetsu Kaze no Takuto (ゼルダの伝説 風のタクト?, lit. "The Legend of Zelda: Baton of Wind")[45]
  • Features cel-shaded graphics[46]
  • Designed to reach a wider range of age groups[47]
  • Re-released in North America and Europe as part of Nintendo's Player's Choice line[43]



Original release date(s):[48]
  • JP March 18, 2004
  • NA June 7, 2004
  • PAL January 7, 2005
  • AUS April 7, 2005
Release years by system:
2004 – Nintendo GameCube[48]
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Zelda no Densetsu Yottsu no Tsurugi Purasu (ゼルダの伝説 4つの剣+?, lit. "The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Plus")[49]
  • Allows for up to four players to play the game using Game Boy Advances and Game Link Cables[50]
  • Carried over stylistic elements from The Wind Waker[16]
  • Re-released in North America as part of Nintendo's Player's Choice line[48]



Original release date(s):[51]
  • JP November 4, 2004
  • PAL November 12, 2004
  • NA January 10, 2005
  • AUS April 7, 2005
Release years by system:
2004 – Game Boy Advance[51]
2011 – 3DS Ambassador Virtual Console
Notes:
  • Developed by Capcom[16]
  • Introduced a shrinking game mechanic[16]
  • Known in Japan as Zeruda no Densetsu Fushigi no Bōshi (ゼルダの伝説 ふしぎのぼうし?, lit. "The Legend of Zelda: The Mysterious Hat")[52]
  • Released in Europe in a bundled package with a The Legend of Zelda-themed Game Boy Advance SP[51]



Original release date(s):[53]
  • NA November 19, 2006
  • JP December 2, 2006
  • AUS December 7, 2006
  • PAL December 8, 2006
Release years by system:
2006 – Nintendo GameCube, Wii[53][54]
Notes:
  • A Wii launch game[55]
  • Release was delayed so it could be ported to the Wii[3]
  • GameCube and Wii versions differ, in that the Wii version supports 16:9 widescreen presentation and horizontally flips the in-game world to make Link right-handed[56]
  • The first in the series to receive a T (Teen) rating[3]



Original release date(s):[57]
  • JP June 23, 2007
  • NA October 1, 2007
  • AUS October 11, 2007
  • PAL October 19, 2007
Release years by system:
2007 – Nintendo DS[57]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[60][61][62][63]
  • NA December 7, 2009
  • AUS December 10, 2009
  • EU December 11, 2009
  • JP December 23, 2009
Release years by system:
2009 – Nintendo DS[60]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[66]
  • EU November 18, 2011
  • NA November 20, 2011
  • JP November 23, 2011
  • AUS November 24, 2011
Release years by system:
2011 – Wii[66]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[66]
  • EU November 22, 2013
  • NA November 22, 2013
  • JP December 26, 2013
  • AUS November 23, 2013
Release years by system:
2013 – Nintendo 3DS[66]
Notes:


Spin-offs[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[69][70]
  • INT August 1989
Release years by system:
1989 – Game & Watch[69]
1998 – Mini Classic[71]
Notes:
  • Based on the original The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System[69][70]
  • The penultimate Game & Watch handheld released[70]
  • Was included in the Game Boy Advance compilation title Game & Watch Gallery 4[72]



Original release date(s):[73][74]
  • NA October 5, 1989
  • PAL December, 1992
Release years by system:
1989 – Nelsonic game watch[73]
Notes:
  • Developed by Nelsonic Industries[73]
  • Based on the original The Legend of Zelda for Nintendo Entertainment System.[73]
  • Features a quartz accurate digital clock and a resettable alarm.[73]



Original release date(s):[75]
Release years by system:
1992 – Barcode Battler II[75]
Notes:
  • Developed by Epoch Co.[75][76]
  • Based on the original The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for Super Nintendo Entertainment System.[77]



Original release date(s):[78][79]
  • NA October 10, 1993
  • PAL October 10, 1993
Release years by system:
1993 – CD-i[78]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[80][81]
  • NA October 10, 1993
  • PAL October 10, 1993
Release years by system:
1993 – CD-i[80]
Notes:
  • Developed by Animation Magic[80]
  • Side-scrolling game[16]
  • Nintendo licensed its characters for Philips' game console[16]



Original release date(s):[82][83]
  • NA January 1, 1995
  • PAL January 1, 1995
Release years by system:
1995 – CD-i[82]
Notes:
  • Developed by Viridis[82]
  • Main character is Zelda rather than Link[16]
  • Nintendo licensed its characters for Philips' game console[16]



Original release date(s):[84]
(MAP1)
  • JP August 6, 1995
(MAP2)
  • JP December 30, 1995
Release years by system:
1995 – Super NES Satellaview[84]
Notes:
  • Used the Satellaview peripheral to introduce new elements at specified times[84][85]
  • Re-broadcast in January 1997 as a Player's Choice Classic SoundLink game (あなたが選ぶ名作サウンドリンクゲーム Anataga Erabu Meisaku SoundLink Game?).[86][87]



Original release date(s):[88]
  • JP March 30, 1997
Release years by system:
1997 – Super NES Satellaview[88]
Notes:
  • Used the Satellaview peripheral to introduce new elements at specified times[85]



Original release date(s):[89]
  • JP September 2, 2006
  • PAL September 14, 2007
Release years by system:
2006 – Nintendo DS[89]
Notes:
  • Role-playing game featuring Tingle as the main character[90]



Original release date(s):[91]
  • JP April 12, 2007
Release years by system:
2007 – Nintendo DS[91]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[93]
  • NA November 19, 2007
  • PAL December 7, 2007
  • AUS December 13, 2007
  • JP May 1, 2008
Release years by system:
2007 – Wii[93]
Notes:
  • Bundled with the Wii Zapper
  • Shared setting with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[94]
  • The second game in the series to receive a T rating[3]
  • Known in Japan as Rinku no Bougan Torēningu purasu Wī Zappā (リンクのボウガントレーニング+Wiiザッパー?, lit. "Link Bowgun Training plus Wii Zapper")



Original release date(s):[95]
  • JP June 24, 2009
Release years by system:
2009 – DSiWare[95]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[96]
  • JP August 6, 2009
Release years by system:
2009 – Nintendo DS[96]
Notes:


Remakes[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):[97][98]
  • NA October 31, 1998
  • JP December 12, 1998
  • PAL January 1999
Release years by system:
1998 – Game Boy Color[97][98]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[100]
  • JP November 28, 2002
  • NA February 28, 2003
  • PAL May 3, 2003
Release years by system:
2002 – Nintendo GameCube[100]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[6][103]
  • PAL November 14, 2003
  • NA November 17, 2003
  • JP March 18, 2004
Release years by system:
2003 – Nintendo GameCube[6][103]
Notes:



Original release date(s):
Release years by system:
2011 – Nintendo 3DS
Notes:



Original release date(s):[108]
  • JP September 28, 2011
  • NA September 28, 2011
  • PAL September 28, 2011
Release years by system:
2011 – DsiWare[108]
Notes:



Original release date(s):[44]
  • JP September 26, 2013
  • NA October 4, 2013
  • EU October 4, 2013
Release years by system:
2013 – WiiU
Notes:


Other media[edit]

Title Details

1989 – 13-episode animated series[109][110]
Notes:



1999 – Comic books, manga[111]
Notes:


Soundtracks[edit]

Title Details

June 22, 1994 – Compact Disc[114][115]
Notes:
  • Remixed soundtrack to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past including an audio drama giving Link's backstory.
  • 2-disk, 49-track album released by Sony Records in Japan only.[114][115]


The Legend of Zelda Original Soundtrack

1998 – Compact Disc[116]
Notes:
  • Soundtrack to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • 82-track album released by Pony Canyon[116]


The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Original Soundtrack

March 31, 2003 – Compact Disc[117]
Notes:


Mario & Zelda Big Band Live CD

December 15, 2003 – Compact Disc[118]
Notes:


Nintendo Sound History Series: Zelda the Music

December 27, 2004 – Compact Disc[119]
Notes:


The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Official Soundtrack

November 19, 2006 – Compact Disc
Notes:


The Legend of Zelda EP

2008 – Compact Disc[121]
Notes:
  • 5-track album released by Dwell[121]


25th Anniversary Special Orchestration

2011 – Compact Disc[122]
Notes:
  • 8 tracks
  • Exclusive with Skyward Sword pre-orders and shortly after release.[122]


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