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The old Sears catalog contains a hilarious description of The Legend of Zelda

A fan of The Legend of Zelda franchise digs up a listing of the original title in an old Sears catalog, along with a hilarious summary of the game.

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the The Legend of Zelda is one of the most popular video game franchises, and after 35 years in business, it is also one of the oldest video game franchises. This classic Nintendo series first saw the light of day in 1986 in Japan on the Famicom Disk System and still exists today. Although many fans are waiting for the latest title to be released, one fan decided to dig into the history of the franchise instead and shared a hilarious description of the original. The Legend of Zelda in an old Sears catalog.


Until 1993, Sears sent its catalogs to potential customers, advertising its wares and their prices. It may not surprise video game veterans to learn that the first English version of the original The Legend of Zelda the title appears to have been listed.

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Reddit user MrCantPlayGuitar shared what appears to be a photograph from an old Sears catalog that lists The Legend of Zelda alongside several other old school video games. That alone might be worth looking into, but the image also shows a brief synopsis of the game that has little to do with it. The Legend of Zelda is actually on. According to the ticket title, the 1985 Sears catalog described The Legend of Zelda as being to gather unidentified crystals in order to stop unnamed warlords.

From the origin The Legend of Zelda The game was first released in Japan in 1986 and in the west in 1987 for the NES, it might seem unlikely that the Sears catalog in question is actually from 1985. MrCantPlayGuitar clarified in the comments that this listing is found in a copy of the 1987 Sears Wishbook, a massive publication used to advertise potential holiday gifts. The listing indicates that the NES version of The Legend of Zelda costs $29.99, a price that seems to go up to $37.99 with shipping.

At the time of writing, it appears fans are finding this bizarre summary confusing and hilarious. Several users have pointed out that there are no warlords in the NES version of The Legend of Zelda and the Triforce are not made of crystals. More and more users began to jokingly share similarly useless summaries of the game, while another user noted that between the summary and the price, they probably wouldn’t have purchased. The Legend of Zelda based on this list. A second user noted that this confusing summary may have come from a mistranslation of the game’s Japanese manual.

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