The Legend of Zelda by Reception

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Perhaps the first Zelda game to be criticized for being 'too short,' it was still considered the finest release for its system that year by GameSpot47
Considered by many the black sheep of the franchise, it was nonetheless hailed as a commercial success at the time of its releaseNR
Undoubtedly the darkest installment, and perhaps less accessible than its predecessors, it nonetheless won hearts with its innovative game elements45
Sitting atop GameRankings.com's all-time list, this game has been called by some the greatest console video game ever made2
Game Informer called this commercially successful installment 'so creative that it rivals the best that Hollywood has to offer'16
Argued by some as the greatest installment in the franchise, others an 'important part of the Grand Renaissance of the Second Dimension'8
An instant success, making Nintendo's first release to sell over 1 million copies, and named Nintendo Power Awards' 'Best Challenge'77
Called both 'easy and approachable enough for casual gamers,' but 'sufficiently ... challenging to satisfy hardcore fans'38
Though travel appeared as a stronger theme in this installment, 1UP.com said that it 'doesn't simply coast along on its legacy'NR
While the audio was panned, reviewers praised the 'bright and colorful' graphics and special paired gameplay57
One reviewer called this game 'an adventure so epic that we can even forgive it for being one of those 'It's all a dream!' fakeouts'25
An initially cold reception due in part to its art-style overhaul, it nonetheless received a perfect 40 from Famitsu magazine12

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