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Peter Molyneux Reveals His Favourite Zelda Title Of All Time

Posted by Damien McFerran

You might be surprised

The highly quotable Peter Molyneux has told TechRadar his top five games of all time, and like many seasoned gamers, one of his favourite titles happens to be part of the Zelda series.

However, while many would cite Link to the Past, Wind Waker or Ocarina of Time as the best the franchise has to offer, the former Bullfrog and Lionhead boss has selected Wii launch title (and GameCube swansong) The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess:

I just feel it's jaw-dropping and its use of the hardware was brilliant. And I've played that game through several times.

Molyneux is the man behind such seminal titles as Populous, Dungeon Keeper and Black & White, and has attracted the scorn of many Nintendo fans regarding his views on where the company should go — he insists that the Japanese giant should bring Mario to platforms like the iPad.

Do you agree with Molyneux? Is Twilight Princess the best the series has to offer? Post your thoughts in a comment below.

[via techradar.com]

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santaglause

#1

santaglause said:

strangely enough i think i have to agree with him on this, i thought that everything about that game was consistent,I enjoyed every dungeon and the final battle was beyond epic!

cookiex

#2

cookiex said:

Twilight Princess would've been one of my favourites hadn't it been for that excruciating first hour and disappointing final boss (the sword fight with Ganondorf sounded epic on paper, but ended up being way too easy).

Would put it equal with Skyward Sword, both still great games IMO.

Peek-a-boo

#3

Peek-a-boo said:

Thought it was the worse 3D Zelda by quite a considerable distance.

... enjoyed Phantom Hourglass more than Twilight Princess!

Such an overly long and bloated game, me thinks.

Marshi

#4

Marshi said:

Oh man I agree with him! Twilight princess (windwaker 2nd by a hair) is my fave zelda and one of the best games ever made imo... Now if you'l excuse me I need to go through up for agreeing with that numpty :-S

GuSilverFlame

#5

GuSilverFlame said:

I like Twilight Princess(not my favorite) it has a cool story with many likeable characters! and I love that twilight world effect! it looks pretty

FullbringIchigo

#6

FullbringIchigo said:

as long as he never works on a Zelda game then i'm fine

plus while i feel Wind Waker is the best, Twilight Princess is still a really good Zelda and the Gamecube version is the better than the Wii version

MeWario

#7

MeWario said:

By far, the worst Zelda game I have ever played! I haven't played the first two Zeldas, played all the rest and Twilight Princess sucked. It had its moments and I didnt mind the motion controls but it was just sooooo average.

Randomname19

#8

Randomname19 said:

Skyward Sword is my favorite Zelda but Twilight Princess(Wii Version) is the one that got me into the series.

PvtOttobot

#9

PvtOttobot said:

Twilight Princess was great! Better than Skyward Sword of course, but Wind Waker has always been the best!

MrGawain

#10

MrGawain said:

I got Twilight Princess at a time when I didn't play that much console games and didn't get over halfway due to long periods of inactivity. Also the reason I didn't buy Skyward Sword until recently (and have had trouble sticking with that as well).

Personally, I think it's hard to compare the NES games to the N64 games to the Toon Links to the Wii 'more realistic' games. They are their own beasts and it's like comparing Apples and Oranges, although the plot devices, items, and characters are repeated. They're all good in their own way.

The one game I felt really was a game changer was A Link to the Past- it was the first really long game I felt a need to complete, had a fairly well thought out story and pacing, and set out a lot for RPG's to aim for, let alone Zelda games.

CaviarMeths

#11

CaviarMeths said:

Twilight Princess has many great characters and the story is wonderful. Dungeons left a little to be desired though.

Hard to say which is my favorite. Pretty much every Zelda console game since A Link to the Past has been a near-perfect and unforgettable experience, both in gameplay and storytelling. Going to be boring and say Ocarina of Time, I guess.

ToniK

#12

ToniK said:

Can't wait to play WW for the first time, but yeah TP and SS are my favorites so I kind of agree.

ChoppedLiver

#13

ChoppedLiver said:

Still don't know how I feel about Twilight Princess. Solid game, but just seemed to lack a certain charm that usually comes with Zelda titles.

CaviarMeths

#14

CaviarMeths said:

Also, anyone who insists that Nintendo should go third party, worse yet, lower themselves to mobile gaming, should have a piano dropped on their head.

VincentV

#16

VincentV said:

I love it. I'm not quite done w/ it (I might get to it), but it's excellent. Combat feels sloppy, especially in comparison to its successor, Skyward Sword, but Twilight Princess is great.

ajcismo

#17

ajcismo said:

I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot of these articles as the Wind Waker Hype Train comes rolling. Its actually kinda neat how everyone has a different favorite Zelda and why.

Expa0

#18

Expa0 said:

Twilight Princess was bland. Only really good Zelda games are Majora's Mask and Link to the Past, Wind Waker isn't too bad either.

Einherjar

#20

Einherjar said:

I would also say that TP was my favourite. The atmosphrere was incredible, except for the twin claw dungeon, its dungeon design was awesome and i liked its item pool.
My least favorit titles would be the DS titles and Skyward Sword. I didnt play all three for just a couple of hours before i got so bored and distracted by pretty much any other game.

Cesco

#23

Cesco said:

Yeah, I'm quite surprised indeed.
Judging from the title of the news article I though that his favourite Zelda was that thing made for the CD-i ^_________^

WaveBoy

#24

WaveBoy said:

Figures he'd pick the dullest, darkest, most realistic and least colorful of the series.lol
Also, anybody else enjoy Phantom Hour Glass more than Wind Waker? :P

Nintenjoe64

#25

Nintenjoe64 said:

I think every Zelda has something that the others don't. Twilight Princess had one of the best and biggest realisations of Hyrule, the best graphics of its generation (on Gamecube) and some of the best dungeon design. The only slight let down for me with TP (apart from the confusing wolf attack) was that there weren't enough little things to do to fill out the huge map.
My hope for the next Zelda is a Xenoblade level of optional side-questing set in an equally large or larger Hyrule. The other thing that I'd like the series to recapture from OoT is that sense of "this game is so good I don't even want to play it, I just want to live in it and play the minigames"

Chriiis

#26

Chriiis said:

I think I'm going to stray away from the popular opinion of console games being the best games(particularly MM being a favorite of mine) and say that I have a bigger soft spot for the handheld games.

My favorites of those being Minish cap and Oracle of Ages.

RedFireTiger

#27

RedFireTiger said:

YES Twilight Princess has something magical. they all do actually but yes i agree its the best Zelda game.... Link's Awakening is my all time favorite though.

GamerZack7

#28

GamerZack7 said:

Twilight Princess is one of the handful of The Legend of Zelda games I haven't played yet, so I wouldn't know.

bizcuthammer

#29

bizcuthammer said:

I personally like every other 3D Zelda more than TP. Also LttP is better, too. But after those, TP is better than all the other 2D Zeldas. But thats my opinion, as i heavily prefer 3D Zelda to 2D Zelda. The fact that i rank LttP over TP is both telling of how awesome LttP is, and how 'just ok' i thought TP was. The first 2 hours of TP are the slowest, most boring couple hours in any game and they keep me from ever wanting to replay the game. Also bad are the incredibly annoying and repetetive early Wolf sections, as well as the 20 min it takes to travel almost anywhere even when riding Epona. Also, TP by far and away has the worst art style of all the 3D games. After WW, TP just seemed so bland and boring, and at times lifeless.

There was also some good in TP though. The dungeon design was mostly amazing, and the story was one of the better ones in the series. Midna is probably my favorite companion character, as she's much less annoying than most of the others and is actually critical to story and gameplay. A lot of the boss battles were pretty cool, though the last one was rather anti-climactic.

Despite its strengths, TP is the only 3D Zelda game i cant bring myself to play again. I beat it once, and that was enough. I've played OoT through 4 or 5 times, Majora the same, WW probably 6 or 7 (with another playthrough coming in a month) and SS i've beat twice now. TP just didnt do it for me.

FantasiaWHT

#30

FantasiaWHT said:

TP is my favorite of the 3D Zeldas by a long shot. Absolutely love the entire feel of the game. Beautiful, fantastic mood throughout. That sad I like LttP

Spoony_Tech

#31

Spoony_Tech said:

Certainly not a bad choice! It goes down to 3 on my list but still that's pretty high on a list of my favorite series. The 2 ds games are at the bottom of my list and so glad they went 2d instead of 3d for the upcoming 3ds version!

C-Olimar

#32

C-Olimar said:

Game tried a little too hard to be all moody and cool (to please fans annoyed at Wind Waker I guess), I prefer Zelda to be a light hearted affair.
That said, TP is really fun and Midna is awesome! I wish I had the GC version though...

Plus it would be better on iPad :P

C-Olimar

#33

C-Olimar said:

@GamerZack7 I've been catching up! Still need to play Majora's Mask and A Link to the Past. Also I barely spent any time on Wind Waker, though now I have a chance to fully appreciate it - in HD!

Mattstewto

#36

Mattstewto said:

TP is still my favorite but that being said i have never played WW, MM, and none of the hand helds except links awakining.

brandonbwii

#37

brandonbwii said:

IDK if tagline was cynical or not, but based on his design philosophies and games-as-art demeanor, TP is not a surprise at all.

Personally it's one of my least favorites as the idea and motivation for the title was just to shut fans up after negative opinion on Wind Waker. Overwrought story, linear dungeons and ugly character design were all big turnoffs for me.

Mr_Nose

#38

Mr_Nose said:

Completely agree.

No other Zelda is as epic, dark, and mature. It was as if the series had finally grown up. Twilight Princess is also the only video game I've ever played where I felt so emotionally tied to the main character, even to the point of tears.

I was so dissappointed to see the franchise return to the more childish and cartoony direction of the games that followed. Twilight Princess was a monumental turning point, and a course that Nintendo should have continued to persue.

I have both the GameCube, and Wii versions. It's one of my most played games, and certainly one of my favorite games for any platform, of all time.

Yoshi3DS

#39

Yoshi3DS said:

i personally think the 2 ds zelda games are 2 of the most underated games of all time

Kirk

#41

Kirk said:

@Yoshi3DS

I agree that Phantom Hourglass is underrated.

It's one of the best Zelda games I've played and if it weren't for having to keep going back into the Temple of the Ocean King, that was a bit too much hassle having to solve the puzzle style layout and at some point just became frustrating, I think it might have even been top of my list.

Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past are my top Zelda games with Wind Waker getting a special mention.

MetalKingShield

#42

MetalKingShield said:

Twilight Princess is a really nice game, but too compromised to be the best. It'd be better if they had never made a Wii version, as that affected the controls and gameplay of both versions. Even so, Twilight Princess (on GameCube) was far more on the right track than Skyward Sword, and I wouldn't mind them using TP as inspiration for future Zeldas.

Beechbone

#45

Beechbone said:

I would also probably pick Twilight Princess. Everything about that game was magical and so well put together. And even though Skyward Sword had better boss fights and did a whole better job at using all the Wii Remote had to offer, I still think it was a lesser game overall. All the backtracking really felt like artificially extending the length of the game.

Tornado

#46

Tornado said:

Definitely not my favorite. Disliked it so much I sold it. Too many parts of it are too tedious--e.g., killing all the bugs in the dark world. Much too linear, too--I miss the NES/SNES days when at least some dungeons could be completed out of order. Played it through twice, and the second time really felt like a chore.

I'll take OoT or MM any day... but to each their own. :-)

AJWolfTill

#47

AJWolfTill said:

The tone, characters and enemy design of Twilight Princess may be the best in the series, although I do have some niggles such as the difficulty of many of the boss battles (easy).

turtle69

#48

turtle69 said:

Majoras mask; very deep and dark dealt with death and very strange things like creepy hopping burglar boy and tragic romance between two young lover's and in depth side mysterious side quests; yes twilight was dark and it was also deep and dealt with death and strange relationships and mystery but maybe its just because the time I played majoras mask and got lost in it that's made more of an impact on me . . . But I haven't played a bad one except for zelda 2 and ive played and beat all of em except oracle of seasons and the free one that game with the 3ds 4 swords. . . Which I thought would of been the one from that came on gamecube but I guess not cause that one was excellent.

Shambo

#50

Shambo said:

Ranking Zelda games is hard...
Everyone will have completely different top tens.
To me, Link's Awakening was the first truely epic game I finished, and I actually shed a tear of nostalgia when revisiting it later in DX.
The other two on Gamboy Color were also great games.
Minish Cap is such a gorgeous game, and it makes the Gameboy Micro shine on such an incredible level...
Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess and Link to the Past all had that amazing dark undertone which I really love.
Skyward Sword has the best sword fighting of any game ever.
Wind Waker introduced the cartoony look and feel, and it's perfectly continued in both DS games.
Four Swords -while not many may have experienced the multiplayer, before it was a while free to download on dsi ware- was epic as a co-op game, especially on Gamecube...

And I didn't even mention Ocarina of Time (3d), or the very first Legend of Zelda yet.

Also, the worlds range from a dreamy island, a tall field, an ocean, to a village in the clouds, yet mostly describe different states of Hyrule (except for Koholint Island).

Well, Zelda 2, Tingle's Freshly Picked... and Link's crossbow training won't be getting many prices. Yet they're far from bad games.

shingi_70

#52

shingi_70 said:

@WaveBoy

How do you fugure that when all his games have been colorful romps with the exception of curiosity.

But I'd have to agree that TP is my favorite of the 3D Zeldas.

RedYoshi999

#53

RedYoshi999 said:

I do love me some Twilight Princess! I'd put it in my top 3.
1. Majora's Mask
2. Wind Waker
3. Twilight Princess
I'd give all these 10/10, plus Ocarina of Time. It's all just a matter of which ones had more impact on me. I'm not really into 2D Zelda's that much, but I do enjoy most of the handheld games (ST, PH, MC, Oracles.) For some reason, I'm unable to enjoy Skyward Sword at all, and lost the motivation to finish it.

the_beaver

#54

the_beaver said:

I only played the Gamecube version of the title, and yes, I agree with him, for now is the best one for me, and one of the best videogames I've ever played. But still, it has many things that could be improved. Perhaps in a future title...

smashbrolink

#56

smashbrolink said:

Why am I not surprised that Mol chose the realistic-looking Zelda?
Don't get me wrong, I loved the game almost as much as the next Zelda fan[I felt that many of the areas were too pointlessly huge with not enough to do during traveling through them], but there are so many other Zelda games that, IMO, have a better art style...

Aqueous

#57

Aqueous said:

I'm not sure how high I place this one. It is enjoyable though.
I will say Majora's Mask is my favourite still. I think out of the 3d Zeldas Twilight Princess is about 3rd.

DarkCoolEdge

#58

DarkCoolEdge said:

It's without a doubt one of the best Zeldas. The best? I don't know, probably not.

@santaglause the worst offender, as I see it, was the transformation of Midna. It was totally pointless and unfaithful to the character. It's like "hey, it"s the end of the game, let's transform her into a hottie so she isless strange and quirky and more 'normal', I pretty much hated it. What was wrong about being small and fiendish?

Spuratis

#59

Spuratis said:

I just finished Twilight Princess for the first time the other day and I have to say I hated it for the first 1/4 of the game and had to force myself to play it. After playing Skyward Sword first the controls were just awful and unresponsive for me. Once I got used to them though, the game got better and I really started liking it towards the end. Midna is probably my favorite Zelda character to date and the ending of the game is definitely the saddest and possibly the best of all the Zelda games. I have kind of a love hate feeling for TP.

My favorite Zelda game is probably Majora's Mask. It's hard to choose though.. I really liked Skyward Sword and that may take it's place. Minish Cap is up there, too. That's one Zelda game that I always want to go back and play again over all the others.

BlatantlyHeroic

#60

BlatantlyHeroic said:

Guys... Twilight Princess isn't even that moody. The crown for that belongs to Majora's Mask. I mean, it's the only Zelda game that is about death. The whole theme of the game is death, and how unavoidable it is. You can postpone it, but it will come at some point.

DarkCoolEdge

#61

DarkCoolEdge said:

@Yoshi3DS Phantom Hourglass was great (except for the infamous central dungeon) but Spirit Track was not. The Dungeons and places to visit were great but the train was a time waster that totally detracted from the game and the flute was a pain.

At least that's my view.

LunarFlame17

#62

LunarFlame17 said:

Twilight Princess was my favorite Zelda until I finished Skyward Sword. Man, that game is SO GOOD.

Scarlet5683

#63

Scarlet5683 said:

Twilight Princess is my favorite Zelda game to date, and I'm not really sure why it receives so much hate. It has a certain charm to it for me, but then again so do all the other Zelda titles as well. And that's why this is my favorite franchise!!

Doma

#64

Doma said:

@SirGreatNose No other Zelda is as epic, dark, and mature.

..I literally thought you were describing Majora's when saying this.

TP was tame, in every aspect.

Bass_X0

#65

Bass_X0 said:

No other Zelda is as epic, dark, and mature. It was as if the series had finally grown up.

Does a Zelda game really need to be any of those?

My favorite is Link's Awakening which is none of those but is the most enjoyable for me.

DarkCoolEdge

#66

DarkCoolEdge said:

@SirGreatNose No other Zelda is as epic, dark, and mature.

I think Majora's Mask is darker. Epic is a Zelda characteristic (at least in 3D Zeldas) and mature... is a term a usually find ridiculous in games and out of place in Zelda. I'm not saying they shouldn't appeal to adults, just that they shouldn't attract only adults or adult-wannabes.

jama

#67

jama said:

To everyone who is interested in watching a ~1hr critical review of Twilight Princess which raises a lot of good points: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktmZ0Hn8WD8

The guy in the video is basically arguing that Twilight Princess wasn't the game Nintendo wanted to make. Its purpose was to give the fans just a 'familiar' game (in the sense of Ocarina of Time-familiar) so they'd 'shut up' and let Nintendo do the Zelda game they actually wanted to make (Skyward Sword). He argues this lack of love shows in TP when compared to other titles like Wind Waker.

WiiLovePeace

#68

WiiLovePeace said:

As a Legend of Zelda game I thought that Twilight Princess was the worst of the ones I've played. It focused too much on side stories & not enough on the dungeons, & other things it did wrong which I can't remember now :p It's a great game, just not a great Zelda game imo. BUT I'm going to one day replay it & give it another go. Just don't know when.

Oh & my personal favourite(s) are Ocarina of Time & Wind Waker. Both equally as awesome as each other imo. But all Zelda games are amazing :)

TromboneGamer

#69

TromboneGamer said:

Well it's definitely what I would count as the spiritual successor to the N64 titles. While it was great i feel it still lacked a little something. In the narrative perhaps? I'm not sure. I'm still looking for that next zelda title that really connects you to it's world.. or something like that.

Sheikah_stone1

#70

Sheikah_stone1 said:

I finished Twilight princess yesterday, I think it was cool but my favourites are still Ocarina of Time and Link's awakening

sketchturner

#71

sketchturner said:

Majora's Mask is definitely my favorite Zelda. But second favorite 3D Zelda is either Twilight Princess or Skyward Sword. Hard to decide.

AlbertoC

#72

AlbertoC said:

Agreed. The world was massive, the dungeons were quite varied, the story was lengthy. The graphics are amazing. Zelda's model is beautiful, might i add. And we had the spinner!

Ocarina of time is the true legend because it founded a lot of standard and unique 3D zelda concepts. It had the lens of truth, for example.

Skyward Sword... I felt there is a lot of recycling on there... Sure there are a lot of good points, the ancient cistern is the most interesting dungeon i have ever seen. But it's a bit... Meh.

Needless to be said, this is up to personal preference.

Melkaticox

#73

Melkaticox said:

"However, while many would cite Link to the Past, Wind Waker or Majora's Mask as the best the franchise has to offer"

...

MagusZeal

#74

MagusZeal said:

I'm surprised how few people mentioned OoT as their favorite Zelda. Is it just that it's been so lauded in the past that people try to stay away from it so they don't sound cliched?

Dogpigfish

#75

Dogpigfish said:

It's up there. The snow boarding and giants mansion temple were epic. If it weren't for the twilight it might be my favorite too.

Guitardude7

#76

Guitardude7 said:

Skyward Sword is my favorite due to its story being the strongest in the Zelda series, it's characters being the most emotive and in-depth they've ever been, the heavenly orchestrated soundtrack is the best in any game, and best of all, the controls were spot on and for once made me feel like I WAS Link rather than him being an extension of myself. Twilight Princess is awesome but it's a bit hard to pick up and play for me. I have to be in the mood to get into it. Maybe it's the dark atmosphere or the lack of expression, but it's just not as appealing to me. I do see the appeal and why people would love it, but it's just not my thing. I did enjoy it though and it definitely stands up there in my Top 5. And it's WAY better than Ocarina of Time ever was since it improved on the formula and controls in every way. But, my favorite definitely has to be Skyward Sword.

JQuest

#77

JQuest said:

Picking a favorite Legend of Zelda is so subjective, because no matter which one it is, they are all excellent in their own way. So I'm not even going to try to pick one. I will add a qualifier though: Sentimentally, OoT stays in my heart, because it was the first one in 3D and it brought the world to life. It's one of those magical first-time feelings that can't be replicated, ya know?

I will say this about Twilight Princess, it was amazing in the fact that there was darker mood to the game. It was for sure the most mature Zelda I've played. That's cemented by T rating it was given, which I think is a first for the series. I actually hope they explore that sort of mood again.

LtAldoRaine

#78

LtAldoRaine said:

I love Twilight Princess. Playing the other games,I think it's kind of lacking in memorable characters (aside from Midna,of course,I think she's one of best characters in the whole series) and it's very,very difficult to actually die.

But still,I love the dungeons,the items,the ridiculously epic feel of the whole thing,and the story,even if it's not the most original ever,gets really serious and involving in some unexpected ways (just thinking about the Midna's Lament part makes me feel a little misty-eyed)

Wow. Just by typing that I felt like playing the game. Wind Waker is my overall favorite,though.

Maxobiwan

#80

Maxobiwan said:

Peter Moulineux is not a guy we should care off. It should not be an important person...

Pachterkid

#81

Pachterkid said:

Wind Waker is my personal favourite. In fact it's honestly the only Zelda game that I have ever truly loved.

Crimson_Ridley

#82

Crimson_Ridley said:

I bet he would also say that Fable 3 is the best one. When you have MM, LttP, WW, OoT and MC in the series, you can't possibly say that TP is your favourite. :P

MussakkuLaden

#83

MussakkuLaden said:

Although I enjoyed it and I think it's a very good game, I think it's one of the weakest entries in the series. Just recently I attempted a second play through, but didn't come back after the third or so dungeon, simply because of boredom.

My favorite Zelda game overall would be MM, followed by Link's Awakening and perhaps OoT. However, when taking into account the date of its original release and the capabilities of the platform it was released on, LA would not only be my number 1 Zelda game, but also my number 1 video game ever.

jacksayspurple

#85

jacksayspurple said:

I have to agree with him. I'm not sure whether it's because Twilight Princess was my first console Zelda experience, but I have always thought it has been the most epic one which I've ever played. Everyone criticizes the look of it, but I think it's beautiful, the story is focussed yet interesting, and the size of it meant there was always a lot to discover. I only wish I'd played Ocarina of Time first so that I would have understood the references...

ShadowFox254

#87

ShadowFox254 said:

Twilight Princess was easy. (Even with the 3 heart challenge is still easy) My favorite is MM.

drumsandperc92

#88

drumsandperc92 said:

i think there are several aspects of Twilight Princess that I favor over other Zelda games, but as an overall package it's not my favorite.
It's sometimes hard for me to also compare 3D to 2D games, since they feel so different.
As far as 3D games go OoT is my all time favorite, Wind Waker is second. I'd say Majora is tied for third with TP. Skyward Sword is dead last for me.
What I preferred in TP was
1. the graphics - for a "realistic" Zelda game it had a terrific marriage of realism and charm!
2. the combat - most flushed out combat system, Gcube version of course. Waggling was a hassle but the aiming made it worth using the wiimote. But the various combos and fighting mechanics was the best the series has seen in my opinion, and some of the best boss battles. Loved the final fight with ganondorf!
3. The feel - what i mean is the weight of Link in running and fighting, the controls were pin point and tuned perfectly. I loved the pace of his step, the ability to swing your sword while still running, and the character felt weighty.
4. Level design & PARTS of the world, not all. Honestly overall it was one of the worst renditions of Hyrule of any Zelda game. Big but empty, and a bore to ride through. However, I absolutely loved every dungeon in the game, and loved finding the subtle clues of the ancient worlds we've seen in previous games. Perfect example being the master sword in the forest, a nod to ALTTP, and Temple of Time, alluding to Ocarina.
The weak links in TP included the wolf sections, the snooze fest that was Hyrule Field, and parts of the story. I liked the story, but it just wasn't as interesting or captivating as OoT, nor as charming as WW.

Hong

#89

Hong said:

After LttP and Link's Awakening, sure. I love the story, aesthetic and characters, though the wolf segments were kind of lame.

Miss_Dark

#91

Miss_Dark said:

1. OOT
2. Twilight Princess
I don't get why so many people are whining about TP. It was genius. Too easy, but genius. Great graphics, innovative, fan-tas-tic soundtrack, smooth gameplay (if you got the NGC version), spectacular twists, cool sidekick, WHAT MORE DO YOU PEOPLE WANT?!

yokokazuo

#92

yokokazuo said:

Twilight Princess is definitely one I my favourites (though I never had a GameCube :( I want to find it for GC too). It's hard to say which Zelda is my absolute favourite, I would say between A link to the past (which was my first zelda too), Link's Awakening and Twilight Princess.

mikeyman64

#94

mikeyman64 said:

Great game. Not my favorite, mainly due to love of past titles, but great all the same.

DerpSandwich

#95

DerpSandwich said:

I'm with him on this. I don't think I've ever had a more amazing video game experience, period. The story and atmosphere were incredible.

ClockworkMario

#96

ClockworkMario said:

I agree with him, it's a game of epic magnitudes; good graphics, atmospheric set pieces, awesome soundtrack, moderate amounts of exploring, without it never feeling pointless. All the right ingredients for a Zelda game, mixed perfectly.
To this date, NL:s review of the game is the only time I've disagreed very strongly with Nintedo Life's opinion.

Spuratis

#97

Spuratis said:

@Chriiis It really hurts me that I can't have Minish Cap on my 3DS. I will be getting a Wii here shortly though.. and hopefully I'll have access to it through that at some point. Minish Cap is criminally under-rated and somewhat hated I think to a certain extent. I don't see why. It's just one of the most colorful and.. unique zelda games that there are. I mean, it's a simple concept, but it just felt so cool shrinking down and fighting regular monsters as bosses. I loved it. I haven't played it in years and recently I've had a bad urge to play it.. I don't own my GBA or that game anymore unfortunately and I refuse to play a rom.. it's just not the same on PC.

twistedbee

#98

twistedbee said:

I don't think it's the best one, but definitely a personal favorite of mine. It may be cliche but I still feel Ocarina of Time is the greatest Zelda title. Not only for the series but it redefined the genre and set a new standard for what an adventure game should be.
Also, I disagree with Nintendo putting it's franchises on any other platform. They don't need to and they will certainly never do it while they are still making consoles.

Yoshi3DS

#99

Yoshi3DS said:

The first Zelda i played was OoT 3d, and funnily enough this wasn't the game that got me hooked, i thought it was good, but not amazing. It was actually my next Zelda game, Spirit Tracks, which got me hooked. I loved riding around on the train and the last boss was epic. Then I got Phantom Hourglass and i enjoyed it just as much as Spirit Tracks. Now I've given OoT 3d another chance and lets just say that there's no going back now. I love each of those games equally and I can't wait for WWHD. I'm 99.9% certain that Majora's Mask 3d will be made sometime in the next couple of years and I can't wait for that day. I'd love a sequel to Spirit Tracks but that seems unlikely.

RR529

#100

RR529 said:

I'll have to agree with him on this one. Twilight Princess is definitely my favorite (the GCN version, anyhow. Never played the Wii version).

1. Twilight Princess
2. A Link to the Past
3. Minish Cap

Maskeraid

#101

Maskeraid said:

Majora's Mask beats out every other Zelda, always. You know this NL. u_u

But Twighlight Princess is quite good, and like this gent, I have played through it many times. The only part that always gives me trouble is the stair puzzle lol.

Sonic128

#103

Sonic128 said:

Twilight princess huh. That games awesome! Although i would've expected OoT or a Link to the Past

KLZ

#106

KLZ said:

TP its the zelda game with most sales (if you sum up wii and gc sales), why would that be a surprise?

meppi

#107

meppi said:

While it's a great game, it's certainly not my favourite one. Far from it actually.
My favourite one still is A Link to the Past and will probably remain that way.
But my second favourite one is Majora's Mask. I truly hope that next year we will get a OoT like remake for it on 3DS.

Crimson_Ridley

#108

Crimson_Ridley said:

@Chriiis Minish Cap is one of the best Zelda games!

1. LttP
2. WW
3. MM
4. MC
5. OoT
6. SS
7. TP
8. OoA/S
9. LA
10. FSA
11. AoL
12. LoZ
13. FS

That's my list.

Dpullam

#110

Dpullam said:

Well, Twilight Princess is a phenomenal game so I respect his choice. As for me, there isn't a single 3D Zelda game that I like more than another so I can't pick a favorite. They are all amazing to me.

R_Champ

#111

R_Champ said:

@SkywardLink98

Prepare to get flamed by Majora's Mask hipsters! LOL.

Personally, I'm surprised people can so easily choose a favorite. I love the Zelda series in general.

timp29

#112

timp29 said:

For me, in terms of the enjoyment they've given me (because otherwise you can't really compare games from different systems), it is something more like:

OoT > > TP > ALttP > Adventure of Link > Wind Waker > Skyward Sword > Majora's Mask > The Legend of Zelda > Phantom Hourglass > Four Swords.

I can only comment on what I have played, but TP was the game that got my wife into the Zelda franchise, which probably made it even more enjoyable.

OverturePT

#113

OverturePT said:

Possibly my favorite Zelda as well, though it's hard to choose, but I wouldn't mind if someone else made my top 10 and placed it at number 1.

sonicfan1373

#114

sonicfan1373 said:

While Twilight Princess was great, it felt a bit too...empty, and it tried to pull off more realistic graphics on hardware that could not do an effective job, and I am not a fan of the Wolf Link sections or the limited motion controls; this is a very subjective matter and I respect everyone's opinions but for me Twilight Princess would have to be my least favourite 3D Zelda game (my favourite is Skyward Sword, then Wind Waker, then Ocarina of Time, then Majora's Mask, and then Twilight Princess).

With that being said I hope that Nintendo does try to use Twilight Princess's art style with their next Zelda game on the Wii U, because I think based on the tech demo shown in E3 2011 the Wii U is more than capable of doing justice to that particular art style. I am also hoping for Skyward Sword motion controls for the next game, but I doubt that will happen (I do not believe that style of gameplay really resonated well with many players based on what I have read on the internet but I really like it).

Mystemo

#115

Mystemo said:

I think Twilight Princess is a masterpiece, but my favorite in the series is still Majora's Mask. I sure as hell don't agree with him about making Mario games for iPad though.

GamerZack7

#116

GamerZack7 said:

@C-Olimar: I have yet to play Twilight Princess, Minish Cap, Skyward Sword and A Link Between Worlds. I also haven't played Link's Crossbow Training, the original Link's Awakening or Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, but those are spinoffs and a premake of a game I already own.

Zombie_Barioth

#117

Zombie_Barioth said:

I would have to agree with Molyneux on this one, Twilight Princess is probably my favorite game in the series. Not by too much mind you, I don't think I could put any one game head and shoulders above the others. I just really enjoyed the more technical fighting system, the new and improved items/weapons, and so on. Really gorgous looking game too I think. Don't really get all the eye rolling at Molyneux's opinion either, all because he picks the game that doesn't "fit" with the others in peoples' minds? A bit judgemental don't you think?

I probably wouldn't compare the 2D and 3D Zeldas though, I just think their a little too different to compare fairly. Minish Cap would probably be my favorite 2D Zelda, Four Swords is close but I think the games kinda lose something when played solo.

Kaine_Morrison

#118

Kaine_Morrison said:

A Link to the Past if my favourite Zelda Game of all time,
HOWEVER
Twilight Princess is my favourite 3D Zelda Game

JaxonH

#120

JaxonH said:

Twilight Princess was a fine game- a damn fine game, and was my first Zelda game I ever played. I remember being hyped up for Metroid Prime 3: Corruption when I bought my Wii at launch, but it wasn't out yet, so I bought Zelda TP. I remember playing it in 8 hour spells after work every night . Ahh, those were the days. Twilight Princess on Wii will always have a special place in my heart...

I've since played Four Swords on GC, Ocarina of Time 3D, Skyward Sword, and soon will be playing Windwaker HD and Link Between Worlds. I own the Zelda games on DS, and the Oracle games on 3DS VC, but never got around to playing them.

C-Olimar

#122

C-Olimar said:

@GamerZack7 I have got Rosy Rupeeland! It's actually quite fun, though I never completed it...
I also have Crossbow Training, which is an above average light gun-type shooter, and I played Link Between World's at Comicon! (It's brilliant btw)

Also I haven't played the CD-i games... but they don't exist so I'm sure I'm fine...

ToxieDogg

#123

ToxieDogg said:

It was good, but not the best.

Although looking at it from Molyneux's point of view, it's probably the Zelda game that's the most similar (in some ways) to Fable...graphical style and whatnot.

NImH

#124

NImH said:

Late to the party but... I have a hard time choosing my fave Zelda game after A Link To The Past. TP could tie with Ocarina for second.

Pixel-Perfect

#126

Pixel-Perfect said:

Twilight Princess was my favorite Zelda, but I can't go back to it after the great motion controls in Skyward Sword. I need to track down the Gamecube version.

Mr_G

#127

Mr_G said:

Twilight princess is not only my fav zelda game of all time but my fav game in general of all time. Its about time someone gave it the respect it deserves. Its a masterpiece

Mr_G

#128

Mr_G said:

AM i the only person who didnt enjoy Skyward sword? Yeah the motion controls were amazing but in general i found it boring and bland with nothing much to do outside of the main quest. I thought the characters and enemies were flat and the dungeons boring. Ive played through all the 3D zelda games many times but i have no desire to go play through SS again and that says alot

NINTENBOY

#130

NINTENBOY said:

Twilight is my favorite to..............mainly because it's the only one I was able to complete.

Caryslan

#131

Caryslan said:

@Mr_G I never liked Skyward Sword, and this comes from a huge Zelda fan. Once I got into the game, the thought that was running through my head was "I waited six years for this?" The sword controls were kinda cool, but the novelty wore off after awhile. I hated the flying segments, the game was insanely linear with very few areas, and Fi has to be the most annoying helper in the entire series. Honestly, Fi went out of her way to point out the obvious on a constant basis. Yes, I know my health is low and I need hearts. I could have figure that out on my own since Link is limping, he's flashing red, and the warning chime that has been in the series since the first Zelda is going off.

And yeah, the dungeons have to some of the worst in the series. After the brilliant ones in Twilight Princess, I was so disappointed.

Skyward Sword just felt like a major step back from Twilight Princess in almost every way.

justjoined

#132

justjoined said:

Twilight Princess is the ideal representation of what a modern Zelda game should strive to be. Awoooooo!! It is the kind of game that can appeal to all demographics while retaining a familiar sense of nobility and charm. Awoooooo!! That is why I find myself looking back on Twilight Princess whenever I dream about the next big Zelda game on Wii U. Awoooooo!! To unleash your inner beast, just google 'animal I have become twilight princess' and relive the game in all its glory. Awoooooo!!

MrGuinea

#133

MrGuinea said:

Twilight Princess is definitely my favorite as well. It was the first Zelda game where I was actually pumped to buy it and got it within the first week it was out. The story, the atmosphere, the art style, the soundtrack, the new motion control gameplay at the time, and the many new dungeons, areas, and tools, all came together to form the best Zelda adventure yet.

theadrock13

#135

theadrock13 said:

I agree. But its really SO close being how the top 5 Zeldas are all neck-and-neck in awesomeness. (BTW, Skyward isn't even on my list.)

@Caryslan , what you said 100%. Skyward is a child's game, for 5 year olds. Twilight is for teens and adults.

Mr_G

#136

Mr_G said:

@Caryslan OMG Fi is sooooooooo annoying! every 2 second "master u are dying u need potion" yeah thx i know! Everyone goes on about navi being annoying but Fi was the worse.
Also Besides the water temple and its boss i cant even think of another temple or boss that stood out. they were all just ok. Some of the bosses were a joke like the one in the pirate ship with the tentacle hair! what the hell?
The desert section was sooooo boring i just wanted it over besides the time stones which was a brilliant idea.
Seriously go start the game over and see how far you get before u get bored and turn it off

Tra_Venous

#137

Tra_Venous said:

1. A Link to the Past
2. Majora's Mask
3. Wind Waker
4. Skyward Sword
5. Ocarina of Time
6. Link's Awakening
7. Oracle of Ages/Seasons
8. Legend of Zelda
9. Minish Cap
10. Phantom Hourglass

Shambo

#138

Shambo said:

@Chriiis Too bad Ezlo's story was solved. I'd love to see him return but it wouldn't make sense... The music, THE MUSIC! Coming from 3 needle holes in a classic mobile phone-sized GBM, it was STILL impressive. When I think of Zelda music, it's either the 'in house' tune or the forest music from Minish Cap, or the open sea music from Wind Waker when the day begins, first.

I could go on and on, but I suppose that's enough love for today ;)

JimLad

#139

JimLad said:

Ocarina will always be my favourite because the story and time travel elements were so gripping. Also Link to the Past was pretty much perfect. But TP is still the most epic Zelda in terms of scale. Skyward Sword isn't even in the same league.

Phle

#140

Phle said:

Well, my favorite Zelda game is Twilight Princess. I love Midna so much and the game is just how I want a Zelda game to be. I have to add that I haven't played many Zelda titles, Ocarina of Time and Skyward Sword are at the moment the only other ones I've played. I'm currently looking forward to Wind Waker HD :)

Rafie

#142

Rafie said:

1. Ocarina Of Time
2. Majora's Mask
3. Twilight Princess with Skyward Sword coming in very close behind.

My top 3 Zelda's right there.

Bassman_Q

#143

Bassman_Q said:

Completely agree that Twilight Princess was a great game and one of my favorites of the Zelda series, though my biggest gripe with it was the slow and dull wolf sections. Other than that, I feel like it was the most epic Zelda entry yet.

As for my favorite, I would have to side with Wind Waker, as that was the game that brought me into Zelda. Twilight Princess ties 3rd on my list of favorite Zelda games along with Link's Awakening.

Slayer

#144

Slayer said:

Twilight Princess my favorite? Certainly not! I played this on Gamecube and wasn't very impressed, it's not that good under Zelda standards.
My favorite? Majora's Mask.
Midna I never met because I was playing in a hotel suite and didn't have much time to play but people said Midna made this game for them. Midna honestly looks VERY helpful, but again, I never made it there. Twilight Princess didn't do good with the darkness, but you know what? Majora's Mask aced it. Twilight Princess also never really hinted you very well on where to go. I guess that's Zelda exploration, but I got stuck on the part when the kids were talking about a slingshot in the shop and I had absolutely no idea what to do.

QuickSilver88

#145

QuickSilver88 said:

I love how Zelda always inspires such passionate discussions with everyone having different opinions......my favorite has to be OoT and it amazes me when you consider what a programming marvel that game is....it was delivered on a 32MB cartridge.....The 3DS remake was awesome.

I like how so many people view WW positively when it was so contraversial at launch....I found the animation amazing for its day and think the WiiU remake with 1080p 60fps is going to really translate well to the modern gamer.

I just never couod get into MM as I didn't like the format but wish they would 3DS it because the moon crash replay mechanic might work better for me on a handheld.

TWP was excellent but as others have mentioned I think it is best played on GC withh wavebird as motion just wan't ready as it is with SS...

Marioman64

#146

Marioman64 said:

twilight princess was indeed fantastic, it was executed so flawlessly and has just an expansive world that ocarina did and then some. plus i love games where you can play as a wolf :P

Gregor

#147

Gregor said:

To be honest I agree, TP was the best for me, everything fit into place. Every dungeon was well designed the controls were great the story was moving and the world was wide open and huge with plenty to do. Second is Wind Waker and third is Majoras Mask.

Gregor

#148

Gregor said:

@slayer "twilight princess never really hinted to you were to go" well look at the pot who is calling the kettle black! MAJORA'S MASK on the other hand is one of the most cryptic Zelda games out there, in fact the most cryptic when you knock out the dodgy NES titles.

Blue_Yoshi

#149

Blue_Yoshi said:

Twilight Princess is a favorite of mine too. Amazing graphics for the time it was released with unique environments to accompany them, a wolf form that let you communicate with animals and give a new edge on fighting, not to mention Zant, who is probably the most kickdonkey arch villain that Zelda has ever produced. The motion controls were a plus but didn't create the whole experience, it was the realism of everything that stole the show.

Ernest_The_Crab

#150

Ernest_The_Crab said:

Hm...the final boss battle was a little too easy (though then again most of the boss fights were too easy). I originally got to the first form again (since I wanted to test the "glitch" in his last form) and my cousin barged in on me and asked to try fighting him (she never got past the first dungeon). She didn't need to heal and she barely took any damage despite never fighting him before. The last Zelda game she beat was Ocarina of Time (the original) and that was ages ago.

The bug hunts were pretty annoying as well. I did like how it was more open world than Skyward Sword though.

Pod

#152

Pod said:

I do miss swinging the sword while running.

Twilight Princess may be one of the most complete Zelda packages in terms of game play design, characterization, and visuals, even if not necessarily the supreme front runner in any one category.

kirby95

#153

kirby95 said:

Been a bit of a while since I last posted, but I like all the Zelda games I play!

Slayer

#155

Slayer said:

@Fusion14 Cryptic? Majora's Mask is easy to navigate. Twilight Princess, when I played it once on a GameCube I got lost when the kids were rumoring a slingshot! They hint nothing, because in Ocarina of Time for example, there are actually some rupees to pay for a Deku Shield. Are there any rupees in Twilight Princess so you can buy the slingshot if you have to? No! You have no sword either, so you can't cut the grass! This was one of the least obvious moments in Zelda to navigate! And the NES games? Please! Those two, you OBVIOUSLY go forward! SOLUTION TO ALMOST EVERY 2D GAME! And Majora's Mask? Simple. Talk to the kid in between the buildings in Clock Town as a Deku Scrub and he tells you to go to the head guy to join their gang. IT IS VERY SIMPLY KNOWN WHAT TO DO HERE!

Gregor

#156

Gregor said:

@0Games Obvious troll is obvious. Majora's Mask is the most confusing Zelda game made not including the first two identity crisis's.

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