Tropes vs. Women, a video series that looks at recurring stereotypes of female characters in video games, has released its first video in the series after being funded on Kickstarter last summer (the project received $158,922 of its requested $6,000 goal). As a trope the Damsel in Distress is a plot device in which a female character is placed in a perilous situation from which she cannot escape on her own and must then be rescued by a male character, usually providing a core incentive or motivation for the protagonist’s quest.
It's dangerous to go alone! Take this.
With those words Link took the wooden sword and his shield and embarked on a journey to locate the Triforce of Courage which has been split into 8 pieces by Princess Zelda. The evil Ganon has unleashed a terrible evil in Hyrule, and it is up to Link to restore peace.
The Legend of Zelda went on to sell over 6.5 million copies worldwide1. The title spawned the Zelda series which as of July 2007 has sold more than 52 million units2. The game also was the first game to allow the player to save their progress (via battery-powered RAM)3