RPGs were still a niche concept in the gaming world. However, when the NES came out, it bought th RPG genre into the mainstream.
The Legend of Zelda was released by Nintendo in 1987. It was the brainchild of Shigeru Miyamoto, who based the game on his epic adventures as a child. There are few Nintendo based franchises that have the impact and are as famous as The Legend of Zelda. It even had a replica gold coloured cartridge.
The game is a top down dungeon crawler, putting the player in the shoes of Link. He must traverse the kingdom of Hyrule to assemble the three pieces of the Triforce, defeat Ganon and rescue the princess Zelda. In a time without the internet to look up guides, fans of the game sought every means on how to beat difficult parts, from drawing maps, to calling the Nintendo Power Hotline and more besides. This is a game where exploration and patience paid off.