Dozens of action games are released every year so. Standing out amongst them can be quite hard, and the same thing can be said for most genres. Zelda, on the other hand, has pretty much been unchallenged ever since the initial release in 1986 (1987 in the U.S.). What genres are the Zelda games? What other games can you compare them to? These questions are hard to answer because every Zelda game contains a near perfect mix of action, exploration, puzzle solving, and even a bit of role-playing.