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Underrated is a loaded word. Most every Zelda game gets way more appreciation than most other games combined. Even games like Skyward Sword and Phantom Hourglass still sold well, still did well critically, and still have tons of fans. I can think of way more underrated, undersold, and underappreciated Zelda-like games than any game from the actual franchise, honestly.

The only exception I can think of is Zelda II, and it'd be a very hard sell convincing people that game deserves praise. Heck, the most notable thing it's lauded for - bring together Platformer, RPG, and Adventure elements together in one game - was actually done before Zelda II, in the form of Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II. In fact, a lot of the games people say were influenced by Zelda II were made by the same people who made Xanadu (Faxanadu and Ys III, for example).

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When Zelda II came out it was critically acclaimed and it was loved by most people who played it as far as I know.

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Wait, hear me out! Yes, it's one of the best in the franchise. However, Ocarina of Time is usually held up as the pinnacle of the series, when I think there's a very good case to be made that A Link to the Past was a better game. There was generally something of note in every single screen of the game, and the visuals, which were jawdropping at the time, still hold up today. Learning all the secrets of that game was simply a joy. The puzzles were fun, the gameplay was as Zelda as Zelda gets, and it simply hit all the right notes.

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Spirit Tracks

This is what came to mind for me. I bought this one because I had a craving for a Zelda game and I was very pleasantly surprised. I loved it. I never played Phantom Hourglass though because of that. I just heard it was easier in about every aspect of the game so I didn't take interest in it.

I'll say that I think Skyward Sword is a bit under-appreciated more than it is underrated. That's just how I felt after playing through it and reading how others felt about it.

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Eel

Is there such a thing?

I think every game on the (main) series has at least a small following of dedicated fans.

And all of them are usually rated highly in reviews.

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Wind Waker and Skyward Swords, 2 of my top favorites. Feels weird saying WW now that it getting more appreciation after the Wiiumake (and somewhat even before). Back when it first released they got as much criticism on change as majora's mask.

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Freeon-Leon

I guess Zelda II is kinda underrated nowadays, but I think we all know why. It's not that difficult though

Oh yeah, and Skyward Sword, for being the last Zelda game. It's been the norm since WW

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Is there such a thing as an underrated Zelda game?

I mean I am not a big fan of Zelda II but I know alot of people who are, same with Skyward Sword. I think underrated is the wrong term here.

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Nicolai

Here's my theory: every Zelda game has about ½ the fanbase liking it, and ½ of the people disliking it. Any notion anybody has about what the general population thinks about the game is always skewed toward which side of the fanbase was being more vocal in the contexts that that person has seen. Therefore, any discussion about which game is overrated or underrated tends to be fruitless. Does that make any sense?

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Dezzy

Lol the only main series Zelda games that have less than 90 on metacritic are Spirit Tracks and Minish Cap. And they have 87 and 89.
I don't think the question has much to go on!
As for which game seems to get the least praise from fans, seems to be either Twilight Princess or Skyward Sword. Both of which I really liked. Twilight Princess felt like the most mature in the series and Skyward Sword had the best characters.

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CaviarMeths

Underrated has to be one of the most misused words on the internet. There are no official Zelda games that were not critical and commercial successes. It is one of, if not the most highly acclaimed video games series in history.

An interesting discussion would be why everybody's favorite Zelda game is either Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, or Twilight Princess, and in most cases, it's whichever of those you played when you were 10.

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Zelda underrated?

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CaviarMeths wrote:

An interesting discussion would be why everybody's favorite Zelda game is either Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, or Twilight Princess, and in most cases, it's whichever of those you played when you were 10.

If you include Majora's Mask, this is true for me for the most part, but I played two games when I was that age, Ocarina of Time, and Majora's Mask, and I very specifically picked Majora's Mask. I even have several titles I'd put over Ocarina of Time. Also, 3 years ago, I would have told you Skyward Sword. But, yeah, my favorite game is the game I played when I was ten

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Dezzy

CaviarMeths wrote:

Underrated has to be one of the most misused words on the internet. There are no official Zelda games that were not critical and commercial successes. It is one of, if not the most highly acclaimed video games series in history.

An interesting discussion would be why everybody's favorite Zelda game is either Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, or Twilight Princess, and in most cases, it's whichever of those you played when you were 10.

Mmmmm. Yep that's true for me. Ocarina was the first I played. Hmmmm, same with Final Fantasy. 7 was the first I played. I wonder if this is a pattern.

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Eel

The "the one I played when I was 10"/my first was OoT and I still liked MM and the Oracle games better

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The CDi Zelda games. People clearly could not understand the satire that the creators had envisioned thus they failed to realize the comedic tone of these games.

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