How to Play the Legend of Zelda on the Computer

By Robert Sunset

Updated September 22, 2017

You can play The Legend of Zelda with a USB controller or the keyboard.
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The Legend of Zelda is a classic RPG/Action game that was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987 in North America. The success of this title has spawned eight Nintendo console sequels, four Gameboy sequels and numerous spin-off games and clones. To play The Legend of Zelda on a PC you can play a ROM of the original game, play using a streaming games site or try out one of the numerous remakes and clones that can be downloaded.

Play Using an Emulator

Download a NES emulator that is compatible with your computer's operating system. FCEUX and JNES are very functional emulators that will play this title perfectly.

Install the emulator if needed. Many NES emulation programs will be an EXE file only so no install is necessary.

Load The Legend of Zelda ROM. It should start automatically.

Play The Legend of Zelda Online

Navigate to a streaming retro-games site. has every NES game available for play.

Select the genre for the game you want to play. The Legend of Zelda can be under action, adventure, RPG or some combination of these genres. Sites may list games alphabetically.

Play the game. These sites often have codes you can copy and paste or write down to continue the game at a later date.


Avoid sites with lots of pop-ups and sites that require you to input personal information.

These same methods work with most of the sequels for NES and SNES.


It is illegal to download and possess NES ROM files unless you own the original game.