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Today in History: November 19th, 2006- The Legend of Zelda Arrives on Nintendo Wii Virtual Console

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Anyone that is a classic Nintendo gamer, was a gamer during the late 80’s or a retro gamer at heart, will know the impact The Legend of Zelda represents in gaming. This was a pivotal game for Nintendo in the early days, it was one of the first of its kind, it represented a new style of game that was not seen before. The only competition that Nintendo had during this time were themselves as Atari was floundering with the Atari 7800, Sega was selling Master Systems in hardware stores and the American consumer themselves. Not too long ago prior to the release of The Legend of Zelda, Atari had nearly single handedly killed gaming in North America by allowing shoddy games to be released. Nintendo needed a winner and they got one.

I am not the only gamer, I am sure, that was a bit confused as to the naming of the characters, especially since I didn’t get the game new. I played without the instruction manual so I was at a loss as to who, or what, “Zelda” was. Eventually I learned that Zelda was the female that needed saving by this guy I was moving around the game world and fighting bad guys that seemed to be on every screen.

Anyhow, today, November 19th, 2006 was when Nintendo brought this classic out of storage and made it available on the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console. As mentioned in the historical article for the Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition, there are some translation edits, slight changes to the actual game to fend off possible seizure episodes and that classic Nintendo challenge level.

If you are unfamiliar with The Legend of Zelda, it is available in many formats from Nintendo:

Wii Virtual Console
Wii U Virtual Console
3DS Virtual Console
Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition
Classic NES: The Legend of Zelda (check Ebay or your local used game store)

Carl Williams

Carl has been gaming since he was five years old with the Atari 2600 on up to the Super Nintendo and Playstation Portable and Android. Being involved in gaming media for over five years has only sharpened his skills with new challenges in gaming and how to best relay it to others.

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