The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda is the first Zelda game that came out. As it was one of the first Nintendo games to be launched globally, different versions were made in each country, normally at least one version of Nintendo and one from an official supplier of the country came out, due to this there are many different versions of this game.

Spain

The Legend of Zelda Nintendo (Spain)

This is the first version that was launched in Spain in large box format, it is the most difficult version to find in good condition. This version was distributed by Nintendo and we can see differences in the box with that of SPACO S.A.

The code of this version is: NES-ZL-ESP

Spain

The Legend of Zelda Spaco S.A. (Spain)

This version was sold in Spain is distributed by SPACO S.A. It is the most common version of The Legend of Zelda for NES sealed because in 2008 many sealed games were found in one of the factories of SPACO S.A. and its approximate price is 230€ 

The code of this version is: NES-ZL-SP-1

Portugal

The Legend of Zelda (Portugal, Spain)

This is an extremely rare version that was distributed at the end of the Nintendo NES era in Spain and Portugal, its code is GPS and has a great history behind it. SPACO S.A. is the company that distributed this game in Spain and Portugal, in this case it is the Spanish version. Companies had to make a minimum order of 5000 units to request a version in their language, then Nintendo launched a universal version in English with the GPS code that would serve to import in many countries, SPACO S.A. It sold this version in Portugal and due to the low sales it was imported to Spain but originally it was from Portugal, as you can see in the back it has a sticker in Portuguese, in the front it has a sticker that includes instructions in Castellano (Spanish) and this company printed ul manual of this game in Spanish in black and white. In this way it could be sold in Spain without problems.

The code of this version is: NES-ZL-GPS

Australia

The Legend of Zelda (Australia)

This version was distributed by Mattel in Australia, the code of this version is GBR belonging to Great Britain (UK) but for some reason it was distributed in Australia. We can see that the box is in English and Italian, this version was not distributed in Italy.

The code of this version is: NES-ZL-GBR

Canada

The Legend of Zelda Mattel (Canada)

This is the version that was sold in Canada distributed by Mattel, in Canada 3 different versions were distributed and this is the most common. We can see that it is in English and French.

The code of this version is: NES-ZL-CAN-1

United States of America (USA)

The Legend of Zelda (United States) 1º Print

This is the first version that was released in the United States, we can see that it has the circular nintendo quality stamp in gray, in the lower right corner we do not have the text REV-A because it was the first impression. The flaps of the box, the manual, the map and the cartridge do not show any version code.

The code of this version is: ?

United States of America (USA)

The Legend of Zelda (United States) 2º Print

This is the second version that was distributed in the United States, we can find in the lower right corner the red text REV-A, in this version we find the code NES-ZL-USA-1 on the flaps of the box and the manual.

The code of this version is: NES-ZL-USA-1

United States of America (USA)

The Legend of Zelda (United States) 3º Print

This is the third version that was released in the United States, we can see that the seal of quality of Nintendo here is a white oval and the code of this game has a star at the end.

The code of this version is: NES-ZL-USA-1

European Union

The Legend of Zelda (Europe)

This is the first version that was sold of The Legend of Zelda in Europe, the first NES games came to Europe in its small box version the year 1987 was distributed in Germany but it was a version for all Europe, we can find the manual and the box in German, one of the most curious things in this version is that it is the only one in Europe that does not have the seal of quality of Nintendo, this is because this stamp was added later due to the fakes.

The code of this version is: NES-ZL-FRG

United States of America (USA)

The Legend of Zelda (United States) Classics Series

This is the version that came out after its release because it had many sales, it would be like the Nintendo Selects today, This edioción, apart from changing the design completely, includes the cartridge in gray, while the rest of versions was chromed.

The code of this version is: NES-ZL-USA-2

Japan

The Legend of Zelda Famicom (Japan)

After the success of the Famicom Disk System, Nintendo decided to release the Family Computer in 1993 which is the Nintendo NES that came out years ago in Europe, America and Australia but adapted to the Japanese and decided to relaunch this console in Japan and also launched again the game The Hyrule Fantasy.

The code of this version is: HVC-ZL

Japan

The Legend of Zelda Famicom Disk (Japan)

This is the first Zelda game that came out of all, in Japan initially its name translated into English was The Hyrule Fantasy and it came out for the Famicom Disk System which is the console that was before the Nintendo NES in Japan, this game came out in the Year 1986 in Japan.

The code of this version is: FMC-ZEL