What I really like about the old Nintendo cartoons (Mario Bros., etc.) is that each of them captures the essence of the original NES video games so well. Just watching this intro makes me feel all nostalgic. Produced by DIC Entertainment in 1989, The Legend of Zelda aired back-to-back with episodes of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! A Total of 13 episodes were produced. Currently you can find the entire series available on DVD from Shout! Factory.
The Legend of Zelda Cartoon Intro