It began an amazing franchise, and for an NES game it's still really fun.
KingOfTaco wrote this review on .
One thing this game needs to be credited for is it being the first game with a battery save, which is a huge relief since this game would be terribly frustrating without it. For its time this was one of the lengthiest games around. 128 screens, very few clues, and many hidden dungeons to discover. This game is all about exploration, and while its frustrating when you can't figure it out, the feeling of finding hidden things is unparalleled.
You get many different items, which you can map to the B button at the item screen. Chances are you'll be using a lot of them often, which is something that you can't always say about the rest of the series. Also, combat actually gets quite difficult since the enemies are fast but numerous. With the possible exception of Zelda II, you'll probably see the 'Game Over' screen more often than any other Zelda game. But this game is also all about conquering. You'll take on a tough dungeon boss and eventually win, or possibly a huge group of enemies and eventually win. Your eventually bettered equipment will give you the needed edge over the bad guys, which gives you a feeling of accomplishment not many games can match.
And just when you conquer this game, which can take quite a while (especially for an NES game), you'll see the message 'Another quest will begin from here'. Confused, you start the game again and find the first dungeon only to find it completely revamped. Imagine the majority of the game being changed like this. Now you can experience the first time all over again, thanks to a feature that I sorely miss in many games now.
Overall, this was a landmark game but is still a fun one. I'd suggest playing it if you haven't already.