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Game genre[edit]

The Legend of Zelda series is officially an Action-Adventure game. Still, it features all the aspects of a role-playing video game. This genre is characterized by three aspects:

  1. Text rich: the character has to interact and dialogue with non-playable characters in order to advance in the game; it would be nearly impossible to complete the game if it was in a language the player is unable to understand.
  2. Freedom of exploration: the character can freely backrack to any previous location at any time, and has a certain degree of freedom as to which dstination to choose next (following the hints from dialogue is generally best).
  3. Permanent upgrades: the character has some attributes (Hearts/HP, Sword level/attack, etc.) that receive permanent upgrades; unlike most role-playing games, attribute growth is independant from any experience point, that are actually absent from the game.

The lack of experience points has some advantages compared to American role-playing games: no need to spend long time grinding; less sharp differences between "early" and "late" monsters give more freedom of exploration; a character described by less "numbers" (the attributes) is more realistic.

In particular, The Legend of Zelda would correspond to the Japanese-RPG sub-genre, that is more focused on plot development (i.e. the "text rich" aspect), and where character development (i.e. the "permanent upgrades" aspect) is secondary.

Starting the game[edit]

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Saving and loading[edit]

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Head-Up Display (HUD)[edit]

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Getting around[edit]

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Death[edit]

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Equipment and items[edit]

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