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The First NES Game To Release On Nintendo eShop Is The Legend of Zelda


Japan got their first NES (or Famicom, if you prefer) game on the Nintendo eShop this week: The Legend of Zelda was released today for 500 yen.


Early Nintendo 3DS buyers received the game for free earlier in the year, as part of the 3DS Ambassador Program.


While this was the first Zelda game to ever be released, according to Nintendo’s official timeline of the series, it actually takes place rather late in the saga.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.