Ah, 1986. A year when Madonna ruled the charts, Top Gun and Crocodile Dundee were the biggest films, and Lindsay Lohan was still in diapers. The Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES, was well on its way to proving that video games were not just a short-lived fad, although poor Australia, New Zealand and the UK were yet to even see the console until the following year.
Many games were released this year, and when The Legend of Zelda first appeared on the scene in Japan it was initially just another game, for unbeknownst at the time it was the start of a series that would go on to become one of the most popular, influential and beloved video game series of all time. While we know this first Zelda game as simply The Legend of Zelda, it was released in Japan under the title The Hyrule Fantasy.