The Legend of Zelda is a high fantasy action-adventure video game series created by Japanese game designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka. It was developed and published by Nintendo, with some portable installments outsourced to Flagship/Capcom and Vanpool. Considered one of Nintendo's most important franchises, its gameplay consists of a mixture of action, adventure, and puzzle solving. It's hard not to love. There have also been several cartoon, manga and video game adaptations and spin-offs. However, none of these are considered to be canon.
The series centers on Link, the playable main character and protagonist. Link is often given the task of rescuing Princess Zelda and the land of Hyrule, from Ganon––also known as Ganondorf––who is the primary antagonist of the series. However, other settings and antagonists have appeared throughout the games. The story commonly involves a relic known as the Triforce, which is a set of three golden triangles of omnipotence. Link holds the Triforce of Courage, Zelda holds the Triforce of Wisdom, and Ganon holds the Triforce of Power. The protagonist in each game is usually not the same incarnation of Link, but a few exceptions do exist as some games are sequels to others.
The Legend of Zelda is a series I'd known about since the NES days with Zelda II: The Adventure of Link when I was a little kid. However, I don't think I really got into the series until Ocarina of Time on the N64 many years later. Though Link had been my favorite character for many years, in more recent years I've come to see Zelda as more of my favorite, although I love both dearly. While I'm not exactly sure what drew me to her––or when it even happened for that matter––I'm hoping it'll be evident in this site.