Well, that’s an easy one.
The first Zelda game I ever owned was the original Legend of Zelda.
I have no idea how many hours I played that game, though my parents and sisters would probably just say, “Too many!” 😉
Understand, this was the first of its kind for us. A game where you swung a sword, explored a world, went through dungeons, solved puzzles and defeated enemies, collected items, and could even save your progress, so you did not need to do the entire thing in one sitting? That was revolutionary! And fun! It was definitely fun!
It changed things, for the better, and the franchise is still a mainstay not only for Nintendo, but in the entire gaming industry as a whole. If there had never been a Zelda, the industry would not remotely resemble what is is today, I am certain.
…of course, with all that said, I have to admit, I have never actually beaten the darn thing! I could never find the boss in the seventh dungeon! I searched everywhere, got killed I don’t know how many times, and never found it! I beat every other boss in every other dungeon, except, of course, Ganon, at the end, because without defeating the seventh dungeon, I couldn’t get to the ninth. That is how close I got. I just couldn’t find the darn thing!
And yet, I still enjoyed it enough to keep trying. And trying. And trying. 😛
Legend of Zelda, I salute you! 😉