Retro: Remember The First Time Nintendo Did A Zelda Game & Watch?

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Jump back into 1989…

Yesterday, Nintendo lifted the lid on the one and seemingly only attempt to mark the 35th birthday of its Zelda franchise: a Game & Watch system which includes the two NES outings, as well as Link’s Awakening on the Game Boy and a special version of Vermin.

What’s odd is that Nintendo didn’t include the original Zelda Game & Watch title, which hit stores shelves in 1989 – the same year that the Game Boy was released. The game used the Multi-Screen layout which would later inspire the Nintendo DS, with the LCD action taking place across two screens. The majority of the gameplay took place on the lower display, with Link battling monsters in a dungeon, while the upper screen was divided into inventory information and another small gameplay window. The game was later re-released as a much smaller keyring version.

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