3D Dot Game Heroes wants to be a Zelda game. And not just any Zelda game, but the original NES Legend of Zelda. You control a little hero in a top-down world where you can only swing your sword in cardinal directions, battling through more than half-a-dozen dungeons scattered about a vast overworld in a quest to reach an evil overlord who lives at the peak of the northern mountain range.
Along the way, you'll collect a boomerang, and bombs, and faeries, and money, and accidentally blast open hidden doors where the residents insist you pay them for the door repair charge. It's not so much that Heroes wears its influence on its sleeve as it is that it butchered the original Zelda, skinned it, and started wearing its skin as clothing.