With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild so close that we can almost touch it, the famous franchise is on everyone's lips once again. Before the Switch / Wii U entry arrives to rock the boat, we thought we'd celebrate some of our favourites in a snappy and personal article.
Four of our team have written a little about their favourite games in the series. Nope, none of us picked The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, so by all means prepare some furious comments. Frankly, this writer has been reminded how fresh-faced some of our team truly are, with talk of 'first Zelda' games on GameCube and Wii - those crazy kids.
The generational aspect is interesting, though, as we seem to get drawn towards our early encounters with the series, though that's not always the case when choosing our favourites. The four of us that turned around our thoughts at short notice also share a love of the 3D entries in the series, too.
So, below are some favourite Zelda games among a few of our team members.
Tom Whitehead - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Looking at the entries below I feel rather old, frankly, with these whippersnappers first encountering this series in the GameCube era and beyond - oh the humanity! As for me, growing up we didn't have a NES or SNES in the house (I've caught up since, so put the pitchforks away) as we had a sensible budget and we picked a Mega Drive in the early '90s. That's fine, I'll get my coat...
Yet later on when my older brother got his first salary, literally the first one at about 18 years old, he bought a Nintendo 64. I was about 12 / 13 at the time and was amazed by the system, its controller and those 3D graphics. It was eye-popping, especially as we'd been hanging around in the 16-bit era with a bit of PC gaming thrown in. Ocarina of Time, when we got that, blew my mind. Its scale, the drama, the visuals, that music - everything about it seared itself into my brain.
The game's also special to me as it gave me a pretty big break here at Nintendo Life. Not too long after joining as a download reviewer in early 2011 I got the chance to review the 3DS re-release, and I got carried away and wrote way too much. As I now spend my days writing about Nintendo on these pages, no doubt annoying some on a daily basis with my odd British references and opinions, I feel like Ocarina of Time not only opened my eyes to extraordinary Nintendo gaming on the N64, but gave me a chance - years later - to share that passion with others online.
So thank you, Ocarina of Time.
Mitch Vogel - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
I've played every Zelda game in the series (with the exception of those CD-i abominations) and yet the game I find myself returning to the most is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Growing up, I was quite a fan of the 2D Game Boy Advance Zelda games until I played The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which brought things to an entirely new level. Then, a couple years later, I picked up Wind Waker and was positively blown away by how it essentially played like a better Ocarina of Time. Graphics, story, gameplay, it was all there.
Though I'm aware it divided opinion, I was a huge fan of the cartoony cel-shaded look that Nintendo chose to run with for Link's first GameCube outing. Right from the start on Outset Island, I noticed how the graphics held a certain kind of vibrance and charm that made the world feel so alive. Then, once I could finally explore the Great Sea, I found myself frequently distracted by all the things that you could do. There was so much of the map to fill out, so much unknown territory to explore, that I just couldn't keep myself from usually deviating from the main story path.
Of course, it wasn't all sunshine and roses; sailing could become grating and the tri-force fetch quest was quite a chore. But even with those issues, I've never played a Zelda game which feels so easy to just lose yourself to. The tone is lighthearted, the Great Sea begs you to learn its secrets, and the sense of adventure never really disappears. Though it certainly seems like Breath of the Wild may manage to top Wind Waker in most of these aspects, that game will always hold a special place in my gaming library.
Matthew Forde - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Twilight Princess means to me what Ocarina of Time means to a generation of gamers. That may come as sacrilege for some to hear, yet as my first foray into the world of Hyrule I have fond memories of waking up one frosty Christmas morning and journeying into my first Zelda. Every time I scour the icy mountains of Snowpeak, sprint through the vast desert of Gerudo and engage in debatably the most intelligent dungeons to ever grace the series I instantly remember what a magnificent accomplishment Twilight is.
Despite this being Link's adventure, the true star is his sassy sidekick Midna; With her own intentions shrouded, Midna is easily one of the more interesting characters to appear in the Zelda universe. Witty, lovable and sometimes a bit devilish, Midna is the games strongest asset helping to propel the story forward, and by the end you really care for the character and the relationship she shares with Link.
On the opposite end of the spectrum we have Zant. One dimensional is not a term that suits this brute as with progression you learn the events of what drove him to being such a monstrosity. Once discovered he cements himself as not only a distinctive and memorable villain, but truly a unique one.
Otherwise a criminally underrated strength that has held up extremely well is the music. This can be said for most Zelda titles, still from time to time Twilight Princess falls under the radar. From dark, gruelling theatrical showdowns to poignant storyline moments, the constant sounds help emphasise just what a truly special game this is. I have high expectations for Breath of the Wild, and above all hope it will take me back to that frosty Christmas morning all those years ago...
Ryan Craddock - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
I clearly remember the first time I bought a game from The Legend of Zelda series. Using some leftover birthday money I wandered into a local retailer - thoughts of "Ah, this is that game with that 'Link' guy from Super Smash Bros." echoing around my as of yet, painfully uneducated child mind - and grabbed a copy of The Wind Waker on GameCube. Let me just quickly put on some body armour or something before I say my reactions were mixed; I had fun, but it wasn't quite the game I was expecting it to be and was vastly different from anything I had played before.
Roll on 2006 and the release of the Wii. After an agonising couple of months making my dad travel up and down the country just to find a console I finally got my hands on one alongside a copy of Twilight Princess amongst other titles. I was hooked immediately. Of course, this was at a time when having motion controls in my living room was impressive enough by itself, but coupling arm-swing sword battles with outstanding dungeon and puzzle design and the dark, grizzly, epic world I was hoping for from the Zelda franchise instantly turned this game into one of my all time favourites.
I will never forget the adventure with Midna, the Wolf Link transformation mechanic, the creepy sounds from the genuinely scary Shadow Beasts and for some reason that part where a giant Yeti makes you endlessly run around his home in circles whilst he makes some soup. You can't really ask for more. Whilst Skyward Sword also really struck a chord with me, the HD re-release of Twilight Princess on Wii U reminded me just how much I loved this game the first time around and it will take something pretty special to beat it…
P.S. - to clarify, I now love The Wind Waker just as much as the next person, so put your boomerangs and Master Swords down!
Ahead of Breath of the Wild's arrival, let us know which Zelda games are your favourites in the comments.
Enough of all this Zelda already! When do the reviews start getting posted? I need a time here lol!
1. Ocarina of Time
2. Skyward Sword
3. Link's Awakening
Oh and @SwitchVogel wins the day! Everyone else gets second and third place. 😝
I prefer the 2d's generally. And am heavily biased because I had four people for four sword adventures and it was just experienced as optimally as it could have been.
Okay, Matthew and Ryan, how many times did YOU fall from the City in the Sky?
I like different Zelda's for different reasons, as many here probably do too. Twilight princess has the best dungeons in the series, in my view, and I remember the same frosty Christmas morning that Matthew remembers; so I might have to say TP is my favourite.
Twilight Princess was my first, and will always be held dear as my favorite in the series (particularly the HD remake)... at least, for another 48 hrs anyways. Once BotW drops, well, all this goes out the window 😄
Skyward Sword... gosh I loved that game too. Dungeons were incredible! Time mechanic was so awesome! Screw popular opinion. Skyward Sword is a timeless classic.
Link Between Worlds is also right up there with em. Excellent game, and the first to turn me on to the top down perspective. Really, really excellent.
Never much cared for Ocarina. Well, I cared for it. I mean I love it, it's a great game. I just don't find it to be on the same level as the other entries I've played... that's all.
Never played enough of Windwaker or Majoras Mask to form an opinion. And didn't even touch the DS entries (precisely because they needed touch). Would love to go back and play the Oracle games, Minish Cap and Links Adventure DX... maybe one day.
Oh! I have played the Zelda: The Ancient Stone Tablets from BS Satellaview. Game is tough as nails, that one. Tougher than the original Legend of Zelda.
Majora's Mask 3D, Wind Waker HD, A Link to the Past, and A Link Between Worlds were all incredible.
MM3D is probably my favorite, if I had to pick one.
...I'll try Twilight Princess again one day. First three hours almost bored me to tears, though. And GOD, that game is ugly as sin.
All of you will place Breath of the Wild as your number one. You'll compare this as being the definitive TLoZ.
This is the deepest truth.
@H1B1Esquire Highly possible. It sounds incredible.
@PigmaskFan Too many to count. Made sure I took Oocca with me though
Obviously Majora's Mask. It was my first Zelda game way back when.
But a close second is Skyward Sword. No other Zelda game made my jaw hit the floor with its music, story, and gameplay.
There's something special about Majora's Mask to me. I loved playing as a deku shrub, zora, and goron.
The best entries in the series are all of them! I haven't played a Zelda I dislike. This series means so much to me and a whole lot of people and I love that. I'm so hyped for the new magic that BoTW will bring to the series! Not long now :')
It will shake people to the core. You'll be addicted to this game and could probably clock over 500 hours in a month and a half.
As time marches on... My preference for Majora's Mask over all other Zeldas continues to grow. I also love AoL, LA, OoT, TP, & OoS... but MM is on another level, IMO.
This makes me feel like an old woman.
I noticed I have new gray hairs this week.
How dare you.
1. Skyward Sword
2. Wind Waker
3. Ocarina of Time
4. A Link Between Worlds
5. Twilight Princess
You really had to be there when Ocarina landed on N64. Blew my mind, from the opening music with Link riding Epona across Hyrule field, to the variety in exploration and gameplay. Along with Mario 64, Goldeneye, Wave Race, F-Zero and Starfox it completely justified the expense for me. I can see Switch giving me that same sense of wonder and enjoyment. Two more sleeps!
A person can be forgiven for not picking A Link to the Past as their favorite Zelda--provided their favorite is instead the NES original.
My first Zelda was Twilight Princess so naturally.... I hate it with a burning passion? I'm pretty sure your first one is supposed to be your favorite but whatever. My favorite is Wind Waker because exploring the great sea is so much fun, and it has the most enjoyable dungeons. Also it has the best combat in the series.
@Ralizah You owe it to yourself to play TP if only for the dungeons. Best in the series and I want to say by far but there's some pretty good dungeons in some other games lol.
How can it have the best dungeons if what is widely considered to be the worst dungeon in the series (City in the Sky) is in the game?
I played through every Zelda console game from the nes until now, with the exception of majora's mask. Also played through most of the handhelds, except the oracles, spirit tracks, and link between worlds. And I gotta say picking a favorite Zelda game is next to impossible for me. I thoroughly enjoyed every single one.
That's alright, Tom. I was out of college eight years when OoT came out.
2. Wind Waker, moving up fast
3. Twilight Princess
@LegendOfPokemon You and me, behind the Knight's Academy after...uhh...knight's class?
So, how many times have YOU fallen out of the City of the Sky?
Ocarina was incredible for its time, but I got into Zelda only a few years ago, and it just doesn't click with me. It feels really clunky and didn't age all that well IMO. I can see why a lot of people like it though, and I'm sure plenty of people have a lot of nostalgia for it.
My personal favorites are Wind Waker and Twilight Princess. I'm honestly not completely sure which one I prefer, but I think I might choose WW over TP if I had to pick. They're both great, though. I like the art style of WW a lot. It's pretty vibrant and colorful, and aged pretty darn well.
@Pants98 easily as the good far outweigh the one bad. Plus I didn't even have any problems with that dungeon.
Like Thomas,my first experience with a Zelda game was Ocarina of Time on the 64.It blew my 19 year old mind like nothing else had before.I was entranced by it's magical world and incredible soundtrack.A lot of my mates had a 64 too and it had the same effect on them.When we met up we'd talk about it for hours..For those reasons,Ocarina will always be my favourite and because of my age now,I doubt any game can give me that feeling again.If any game can though,it will be BOTW.
Sorry. I don't like Twilight Princess. I don't like the empty overworld and transforming into a wolf.
Twilight Princess was my first Zelda game; I had paid little attention to the series before that point and truly only asked for it under the Christmas tree because of its similarities to Okami. My first try with the game didn't go too well as I had never played a game with dungeons before that point; I got lost in the first temple and didn't know what to do. XD My second try a few months later went A LOT smoother. I fell in love with the game, and the rest is history.
I still haven't played all the games, though I own all of them except for Four Swords Adventures. I've played 13 out of the 18 (soon to be 19) Zelda games, and I have no intention of stopping anytime soon!
Skyward Sword was my first Zelda game (I know! I didn't know what I was missing), but it really doesn't hold a special place in my heart because I never got around to finishing it, or even getting past the halfway point. Then I began to pick up and play the older titles, and A Link Between Worlds came out. Now, I think that Twilight Princess and Zelda II are the only console games that I haven't played, but Majora's Mask is by far my favorite. Such cool design, incredibly impressive considering the time they had to make it.
@Spoony_Tech Yeah, I'll probably play it sometime in the next year or so. The game doesn't make a very good first impression, though. And the first dungeon (only one I actually played through) is sort of dumb. Monkeys. The dungeon's gimmick is that you're freeing monkeys. Ugh.
Number 1 has to Link To The Past. Music, graphics, dungeons, dark world. Amazing. 2 is Skyward Sword - I just loved the dynamics, the characters and again the music. And then 3 Twilight Princess as it was genuinely darker and scarier. I couldn't really get on with Majora's Mask, it felt too 'small'. BOTW looks amazing but I'm just the slightest bit worried about the music or lack of. Will there be some new classic themes? Seems a bit sparse from what we've seen.
Link's Awakening (the DX version) will always be up there for me. It's perfect from start to finish !
All of these are my top 3! I think it goes Wind Waker HD, Ocarina of time 3D, then Twilight Princess HD
@invictus4000 Love your Name picture
Youre all wrong. The original is the best.
And possibly the minish cap and oracle of seasons.
@Tibob all of the gameboy zeldas are exceptional! Good call.
For me, it was playing the very first Legend of Zelda as a kid (yes, I'm old). I know it seems laughable now, but at the time it felt like that map would go on forever if you could keep moving from screen to screen without getting killed. Truthfully, I'm mostly excited for Breath of the Wild just because it's the one sequel that reminds me the most of the original game.
Ocarina of Time is a close second. I can understand why the writers would favor their first good Zelda experience. Ocarina was the first Zelda game I was "good" at, and there was a certain charm/magic to the game, the game world...art style I guess that I never thought the games afterward completely replicated.
The only dungeon in the game I'd actually compliment is Snowpeak Ruins which is one of the best in the series. Goron Mines, Arbiters Grounds, and City in the Sky are all bad, and the other ones are mediocre.
Minish Cap is the underrated gem of the series.
@Pants98 i own 3 copies of it ☺and an actual minish cap. It make me shrink down really small and i can sneak into tiny little villages you wouldnt otherwise know were there!
Wind Waker, definitely a good choice and my fav
I think for the most part the Zelda series has grown well. I used to enjoy A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time a lot, but I have an incredibly hard time going back to these in any real capacity. They feel like they've aged so poorly to me, and the dungeon designs are obtuse or just outright boring compared to modern feats.
Wind Waker and Skyward Sword (unashamedly love the motion controls) are probably my favorites of the current series.
Lets not forget the 3ds entry a link between worlds wow what a game!
Horizon Zero Dawn is stealing the thunder from Breath of the Wild. Sony is so sneaky to release the game 2 days before the Switch launch. Now I don't have time to play this new Zelda until next month.
I just want to give "Zelda ll: The Adventure of Link" some love because no one ever does. This is probably the most unique Zelda out there. And I gotta say, I felt a greater sense of accomplishment beating this than any other Zelda game.
1. A Link to the Past
2. Skyward Sword
3. Majora's Mask
Wind Waker for me. I love that game to death
@KirbyTheVampire Did you play the N64 version or the 3DS remake? OoT 3D was the game that made me a huge Zelda fan in 2013.
Not alone there. It's been my favorite for years.
@burchdude65 I've only played the GameCube version.
I just wanted to point out (from reading a vast majority of the comments) that I still find it really neat how so many different people rank a wide variety of the games from the Zelda series. I think it's a good testament to how well Nintendo has, overall, upheld the quality of the Zelda series over the years.
@Ralizah I need to finish Majora's Mask! The time limit just stresses me out a lot. I know that you can slow time down but somehow I still end up feeling rushed.
1: Linsk Awakening
2: Oracle Duology
3: Link to the Past
Certainly biased picks based on nostalgia here, no doubt.
LA was the first one i ever beat (After just "not getting" Zelda 1).
Oracle gives me some fuzzy memories of exchanging codes with a buddy of mine, while racing each other to who completed their game first and who found the most secrets.
And LttP was the first real meaty SNES experience of mine.
I personally really liked the more lighthearted approaches the GBC games took. The silly little Nintendo cameos, the whacky characters etc.
The Oracle games are, imo, one of the best "Dual Game" experiences out there, both offering a really unique experience and a lot of replay value, basically boiling down to 4 consecutive quests.
And LttP...i don't really know why i like it as much as it do. It just oozes charme that regularly invites to a new annual playthrough.
All in all, there are just a handful of Zelda games i didn't "like" and / or finished.
The DS games are probably the ones i flat out don't like at all.
And i never cared to finish Wind Waker and Skyward Sword, while i generally adore WW, just the latter half of the game just bores me to tears, while Skyward Sword never really appealed to me at all. I don't dislike it, but it simply never clicked.
Twilight Princess is my least favourite of the 3D Zeldas, so much quests that are drawn out, and I just don't care for the lore and art-style. I preferably like the places Skyward Sword takes me and I believe it's a much better game all around. It fixed (for me) everything lacking in Twilight Princess. Loved the swordplay and upgradable items (which undoubtedly returns in Breath of the Wild). Really just a preference at this point, but those who call Skyward Sword "hot garbage" obviously never played a bad game in their lives.
Zelda Majora's Mask is my favorite Zelda and definitely on top of my all-time favorite games.
What makes it so special to me is the atmosphere, the constant pressure, a feel that you're powerless no matter how many times to play the Song of Time, the characters and specially Anju & Kafei quest, one of the few moments in video games that made me cry.
It was like every Clocktown and Termina inhabitant were people I've met in real life. You're not the same after watching them "die" endlessly in the 3rd day. That little detail is what makes it stand out when put next to other entries...
@JubilifeRival So, one thing I do to take stress off myself when playing MM is to not start a dungeon until the beginning of the first day. Access a dungeon, go back in time, and then warp to the dungeon after you go back. None of the dungeon should take longer than three days to complete (I've pushed it close, though: nothing adds tension to a dungeon boss fight like being mere moments away from the moon smashing into Termina).
Where the time system really shines is when you deliberately go back in anticipation of earlier events that had already happened when you found out about them. It's fascinating how the three days in Termina gradually become more and more fleshed out as you progress through the game.
@Tibob Dude, I totally agree. LA is SO magical. The music and dungeons and humor and everything is so great! If you've never seen the art for the Nintendo Power LA Guide done by Katsuya Terada, you HAVE TO CHECK THEM OUT. They are so eerie and cool. Agood chunk of them are here but make sure you google image it too to see all of them:
Definitely right about Zelda ll being the hardest. I will never forget when I finished it because I was in utter shock that I finally beat that beast. Whereas beating any Zelda game after that is a walk in the park
A link to the past will always be my favorite followed closely by ocarina of time. Those games were just so unique and awe inspiring when they first came out that they left a lasting impression. I'm playing through Majoras Mask for the first time on 3ds and it took a good 15 hours for me to really appreciate how good it is.
I enjoy Zelda so much, but here's my favorites:
1. Wind Waker - Enjoyed the vibrant sea exploration a lot. And of course Toon Link
2. Twilight Princess - I liked the very nice dark atmosphere. Along with the Wolf Link, which provided a good change to the series.
3. A Link Between World's - A wonderful top-down adventure with unique elements.
4. Oracle of Ages/Seasons - The oldest and very nicest of games. Despite initially always getting stopped somewhere, it was a very nice and some-what simple game. Dungeons was my favorite part of the game.
5. Skyward Sword - Despite not enjoying the Motion Control, it was truly a wonderful experience. I could not stop enjoying the scenery and certain mechanics in the game.
6. Ocarina of Time - Nice experience.
7. Phantom Hourglass - Enjoyed it a lot.
Although I have yet to play Breath of the Wild, it is looking to be my 2nd most favorite at least. But nearly impressed me enough to overtake my top favorite, Wind Waker. I'll have to play it to see if it beats Wind Waker as my favorite. It does look like it will though.
So hard to choose a favorite. I played links adventure first at about 5 and wasn't very good at it, played the original shortly there after and starting falling in love. OOT was the first I played from start to finish( one more for the Christmas morning starts) and I was hooked bought a SNES the next summer and enjoyed a link to the past just as much. So nostalgia says OOT but I can't say definitely. How about all of them
Oracle of Ages is my favourite
I did not enjoy wind waker that much at all. I guess if I were watching One Piece or something while I played, it would probably enhance the feel of sailing around. I don't hold a prejudice to whoever loves that game, I just feel the only amazing thing about it was the references to OoT.
Speaking of which...
1. OoT AND ALttP. No way can I choose between these two masterpieces.
2. Link's Awakening DX. Handheld perfection.
3. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Not because of how great I was at it, because I am terrible at that game. Mainly because they took a risk with the rpg element and THE MUSIC IS AMAZING. I love watching people speed run this game.
I've got Oracle of Seasons and Ages as the toppy tops, counting them together. Seasons over Ages if I were made to pick one.
Minish Cap and Wind Waker after that.
I like em all though.
I can't choose between Wind Waker and OOT for first.
3. Majora's Mask
4. A Link Between Worlds
5. Skyward Sword
6. A Link to the Past
7. Link's Awakening
8. The Legend of Zelda
9. Minish Cap
10. Twilight Princess
The rest really aren't worth mentioning IMO.
Hoping madly for an HD version of Skyward Sword.
@Rontanamo_Bay Maybe we just like the game, and aren't at all trying to be edgy? Not everyone has played the old Zelda's anyway, myself included, whereas Twilight Princess is pretty recent. I can't exactly say I like something when I've never even played it.
Call me old fashion but my list goes like this:
1. Legend of Zelda (nes)
2. Ocarina of Time (N64)
3. Twilight Princess (Wii)
4. Minish Cap (GBA)
You know they are all so good. Ive never been dissappointed by any of them. When Ocarina Of Time came out I considered for myself to be the best videogame ever made. Times have changed for me though and I find myself leaning toward classic games anymore. Its been a great series which I hope will carry on. I would like to see them attempt an MMORPG at some point but that require a change in the way you battle. Still it would be cool to see what they do.
Skyward Sword! If it could be played with regular controls it would be top of many more lists. Very well scripted, cool dungeons and a charming world. Ocarina of Time is a close second for me... until tomorrow at least!
Maybe a bit off topic from the article but, a part of me kinda wants there to be a lot of references in BOTW to other favorite Zelda games. I know there are some obvious ones like Wolf Link and the Temple of Time but I hope to see some more smaller ones you may not notice at first. Anywho, I bet BOTW is gonna be up there with TP for my favorites, looks like the perfect open world game for me.
Tom, let me get you in on a little secret: you weren't missing anything until Ocarina came out. Sure, Link to the Past was a great game but I always felt the Mega Drive RPGs Story of Thor and Soleil were better games!
If I had to pick a second, it'd be Majora's Mask. The intricacy of all the sidequests is still unrivaled in some respects, even outside the Zelda series. That 3D remake was just wonderful.
@Rontanamo_Bay I actually did enjoy Twilight Princess better the second time on Wii U, but it still earned it's spot deep in my list. It's not a bad game, but it's not remotely close to the greatest in the franchise.
@RadioHedgeFund Landstalker was my favourite on the Megadrive.It looked incredible for it's time too.Not sure how well the isometric view holds up today though.
Each Zelda - barring the CD-i games - brings o much to the table, it's hard to argue a favourite imo. Each giving day depending on mood I'm liable to pick differently. The exception to this rule (for me) is Twilight Princess. A very, very good game, but (again, for me) not a great Zelda. Felt for me the first time in a lonnngggg time he developers were treading water. A Breath of the Wild looks anything but. Can't wait.
My number 1 is still Ocarina of time. And it will probably stay that way forever, because of nostalgia!
I'd still say Ocarina of Time is the best one. It always felt like the most balanced on in terms of mending familiarity, innovation, storyline, music, controls, level design and visuals into a sum greater than its parts.
1. A Link Between Worlds
2. A Link to the Past
3. Link's Awakening
Definitely my top 3 too! Not quite sure on the exact order though.
I have enjoyed playing through the earlier titles on NES / SNES. Titles I've enjoyed the most are Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword and A Link Between Worlds.
All of them have been my favorites! Zelda is the main reason why I need to own Nintendo consoles... so that I can actually play the latest Zelda game. I am actually not getting the Switch right now as I ordered the Wii U version of Breath of Wild. Had I been able to score a special edition for the Switch, it would have been a different story... two more days!!!
And you guys call your self zelda fans!! hum
@saturn_hero i agree ... they are all top notch... i would say that the ds zelda's were probably the lesser of the series but still a step above most games in its genre.
"A Link To The Past" should be in at least one top 3 list of any fan, or veterans of the series!
Nobody picked Majora's Mask, therefore everybody is wrong. Just kidding, everyone's allowed to have they're own opinions! Fingers crossed Breath of the Wild becomes everyone's favourite after it releases!
For me it's ALTTP. It was my first Zelda game. I had to buy it twice, as the first time I couldn't get to the 3rd dungeon in the light World as I didn't understand the light world/dark world mechanic. Yes I was young. But the second outing I did and it blew my mind that there was a whole new world and 7 more dungeons to explore!
Also I see ALTTP as being the game that cemented the Zelda structure as we've known it since, for all 2D and 3D Zelda games. Yes, even OOT. That was still basically just the design of ALTTP, albeit in magnificent 3D.
This is why BOTW makes me a little nervous. It's the first Zelda game to break away from ALTTP's magic formula, which I love, and as such I'm worried it won't feel like a proper Zelda game. Plus I'm not the biggest fan of the open world genre: I much prefer a smaller world condensed with hundreds of things to do.
Only one more day until I find out first hand if I like the new direction of the series!
A link to the past is magic. I'm looking forward to BOTW on Wii u. I hope it's the classic we're all expecting. I haven't really read anything on BOTW. I want it to be all new to me.
I enjoyed them all except Skyward Sword.
My favourite two, are a tad controversial I guess; A Link Between Worlds followed by Phantom Hourglass! Can't get enough of either!
Can't wait for Breath of the Wild... you guessed it – handheld style!
The Legend of Zelda on the NES was the first Zelda I played and I remember getting it and thinking I'm probably not gonna like this and I loved it but the Zelda game that always will stick out to me will be Links Awakening on the GameBoy it came as the packed in game on the GameBoy I purchased and I have to say that game made me a lifetime Zelda fan gotta lot of love for that game .
@JaxonH I agree with you Skyward Sword is a timeless classic have some great memories playing that game some of the boss battles were amazing and flying on the back of a Loftwing was awesome I would love to see them incorporated in another title one day .
1: Ocarina of Time 3D
2: Wind Waker HD
3: Majora's Mask 3D
4: Skyward Sword
5: A Link Between Worlds
6: Twilight Princess HD
7: Link's Awakening
8: Oracle of Ages
9: Oracle of Seasons
10: The Legend of Zelda
1. Ocarina of Time
2. Wind Waker
3. Twilight Princess
4. A Link to the Past
5. A Link Between Worlds
@Pants98 Minish Cap is my favorite Zelda, so I agree with you on it(similar to most 2D Zelda games) being totally underrated.
@bolt05 Yes, to the Gameboy Zeldas! It's tough competition between them really. I love both you and @What_Sthat for having MC and the Oracle duo up there, too, though I have to disagree and put Ages above Seasons personally. :3 (That is where we're gonna have some problems... xD)
@saturn_hero Adventure of Link definitely is unique, I'll give you that. I've always wondered if they could pull off a new Zelda with a similar style of play(like LBW to LttP). o_O
1) A Link to the Past.
2) Ocarina of Time.
3) Twilight Princess.
BotW ? At the mo.
People saying WindWaker.... you have to mean WindWaker HD right? Cuz the original on gamecube.... that sailing.... I quit the game because I kept falling asleep trying to sail in a straight line for a real world 10 minutes. lol. but i hear they fixed it in WWHD.
@CharlieSmile RIght? I'm thinking about the time I picked up Link's Awakening for the OG Gameboy at Sears for a cool $20... at 8 years old.
One of you couldn't go with something besides Twilight Princess just so they were all different?
Wind Waker was my first, and remains my favourite to this day.
As of today.....
1.) Ocarina of Time
2.) A Link Between Worlds
3.) Skyward Sword
4.) A Link to the Past
5.) Twilight Princess
As of a few weeks from now, I have no reason to expect Breath of the Wild won't push down at least one of those titles on my list. My hope is to have a new #1, but we shall see!
@Ralizah yeah, Twilight Princess sure gets off to a really slow start. I hope your next attempt goes well, but it's okay not to like it. The rest of the game after the first three hours bored me to tears as well. The game just felt really padded to me so they could claim many hours of content. Felt like a chore long before the end.
At the moment I'd say Link's Awakening (my first ever Zelda game, very memorable game), Minish Cap (beautiful, beautiful Minish Cap), and Wind Waker or Skyward Sword (best versions of Princess Zelda). But as always, I want to add like five honourable mentions, at least. Probably ten once I start thinking about which five I'd mention. For all kinds of different reasons.
@sdelfin I'll definitely play it to completion at some point, when Breath of the Wild and (probably) Skyward Sword are both in the rearview mirrror, although I'm not looking forward to doing that three hour introductory sequence again. Maybe the game will have decent enough dungeons to overcome the terrible pacing and hideous art design. Spoony definitely isn't the first person I've heard say the dungeons are great, so there must be some truth to it.
@Lalivero So good man, those GB zeldas, i ncluding GBA MC... soooo good!!!
Eiji Aonuma ruined the series on the Wii.
The series became too text base and less action adventure. I hope BOTW brings back the classic exploration and action.
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