The Legend of Zelda (Japanese: ゼルダの伝説, Zeruda no Densetsu?) is a video game designed by Shigeru Miyamoto and published by Nintendo. Set in the fantasy land of Hyrule, this is a classic example of the action-adventure genre, which centers around the young hero Link and his quest to rescue Princess Zelda from the evil Gerudo king Ganondorf (on some occasions just called Ganon) by collecting the eight fragments of a powerful artifact known as the Triforce.
As the inaugural game of the Legend of Zelda series, it was first released in Japan as a debut title for the Famicom's Disk System peripheral. With its vast world, open-ended gameplay, scrolling capabilities, and save system, The Legend of Zelda featured groundbreaking technological and gameplay advancements for its time. Because the Famicom Disk System was not released outside of Japan, the game was published internationally on the Nintendo Entertainment System's cartridge format in 1987, with an internal battery to facilitate data saving, where it enjoyed even greater critical and financial success. As one of Nintendo's flagship franchises, Zelda is among the most recognized names in video game history. The fifth game in the franchise, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64, is also widely regarded as the greatest video game of all time.