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Ocarina of Time, the first 3D-styled game of the franchise

The Legend of Zelda is a series of video games. The games are usually about a boy called Link who has to rescue Princess Zelda from Ganon. The series was made by Shigeru Miyamoto and was first sold February 21, 1986 by Nintendo. Most of the games take place in the fictional country of Hyrule. The games all have fighting, journeying, item collecting, puzzle-solving, and sometimes jumping and racing parts. The Legend of Zelda series has sold 50 million games, with 13 different games in the series during 2007, making it the 6th best-selling video game series ever.

Main characters

  • Link - The hero of the game who always saves the day.
  • Zelda - A princess who gets kidnapped sometimes and is important to the plot.
  • Ganon or Ganondorf - An antagonist who tries to conquer the land.


Right now there are 17 games in the main series.



Hyrule is a fictional world in The Legend of Zelda series. It is inhabited by many races, including Hylians, Gorons, Zoras, and others.

  • Death Mountain is a large mountain that Gorons live on. Ganon has also had his lair on Death Mountain multiple times.
  • Gerudo Desert is a desert that Ganondorf was born in. Only once every 100 years is a man born, so almost every Gerudo is a woman.
  • Hyrule Castle is the home of the Royal Family, which includes Princess Zelda. It's often the target of Ganon.
  • Kakariko Village is a village made in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past that appears in many other games after.
  • Lake Hylia is a lake in many of the games. It's often the way to Zora's Domain, the lair of the Zora species.
  • The Lost Woods is a forest in many of the games in the series that is easy to get lost in. The Master Sword rests here in A Link to the Past, and Link's home, Kokiri Forest, is right next to the Lost Woods in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Great Sea

Long after the Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time disappeared, Ganon returned, and when Link did not come to save them, they asked the Goddesses to flood Hyrule. Hyrule was flooded, and many people died because of it. Hyrule was lost under the sea, and people lived on islands that are scattered around the Great Sea. The events of The Wind Waker take place many years after.


Termina is a land only in Majora's Mask that Link finds in the Lost Woods that he has to save before the moon crashes into it. It's an alternate land to Hyrule, and has many places and people that look or act like people from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The people who live in Termina are sometimes referred to as Terminans, or Terminan Hylians.

Master Sword

The completed Triforce.

The Master Sword is a sword found in The Legend of Zelda series. Link uses it as a weapon.

Known as the Sword of Evil's Bane, the Master Sword is to only be held by a person destined to be the Hero of Time. Link in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is supposedly the first holder of the Master Sword. The other Links are then given the right to wield the Master Sword because they are related to him.


The Triforce is a mystic object in The Legend of Zelda universe. It has three parts - the first part is the Triforce of Courage, which Link has, the second is the Triforce of Wisdom, which Princess Zelda has, and the third is the Triforce of Power, which Ganon has. When it's completed, the person who gets it can make a wish.

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