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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link for the Nintendo Entertainment System, 1988
Although Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was a sequel to the original Zelda, gameplay-wise it was a complete departure from its predecessor. Link was actually one of the first console-based role playing games with side-scrolling "platforming" action, overworld map view, statistical systems, weapons, as well as metered magic and spells. It also marked the first time players met the Triforce of Courage, its unification with the "Golden Triangle" would become a driving force in the series.
Caption: Gloria Sin
Photo Credit: Nintendo