The Legend of Zelda, known in Japan as The Hyrule Fantasy: The Legend of Zelda (THE HYRULE FANTASY ゼルダの伝説, Za Hairaru Fantajī Zeruda no Densetsu) is a video game designed by Shigeru Miyamoto and developed and published by Nintendo. Set in the fantasy land of Hyrule, the plot centers on a boy named Link, the playable protagonist, who aims to rescue Princess Zelda from the primary antagonist, Ganon, by collecting eight fragments of the Triforce of Wisdom, a powerful artifact.
As the inaugural game of The Legend of Zelda series, it was first released in Japan as a launch game for the Famicom Disk System peripheral a year and five months before it was released in the United States. Since the Famicom Disk System was not released outside Japan, the game was published internationally on the Nintendo Entertainment System's cartridge format in 1987. The NES cartridge has an internal battery to allow data saving. Nintendo released the game in Japan in 1994 on cartridge format for the Famicom (Japanese version of the NES).