Legend of Zelda

Video game serie

The Legend of Zelda was inspired by Tolkienian fantasy, visible in the fantasy medieval world atmosphere in most of the games.

Alternate names: ゼルダの伝説, Zelda no Densetsu

The first video game about Legend of Zelda was released on February 21, 1986.

Nintendo and Philips has published most of these games

Hylians in the setting are an elf-like species of non-humans. Link is one of them, and according to the author the Link in each game is actually different even if similar character.
The plot of Ocarina of Time causes a time paradox in the setting that leads to 3 alternate universes: one where young Link returns and grows up normally (leads to Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess, Four Swords), another where adult Link disappears (leads to Wind Waker and sequels), and third when Link fails to defeat Ganon (leading to the original series, Link to the Past, Oracles, Awakening, etc.).

Parent group

Cross-platform series

Child groups

Tingle, Zelda universe


Wart, Midna, Link, Princess Zelda, Sheik, Ganon, Epona, Impa, Tingle
(view all the 9 "Legend of Zelda " characters)


3DS 8
GameCube 5
Game & Watch 4
Nintendo DS 4
Wii U 4
Wii 3
Switch 3
N64 3
CD-I 3
Famicom Disk System 2
GB 1

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