I recently saw Kotaku run an article where someone ranked the Zelda's from the very best to the very worst. I haven't played all the Zelda games, but i've played a few and some of the authors placements seemed a bit off to me. For instance, I believe that the original Legend of Zelda does hold up well and whereas it may be hard to understand for some modern gamers that's part of it's mystery. The original Legend of Zelda required you to adventure and explore and it didn't hold your hand. Modern gamers might be turned off by this but 10 year old me somehow found a way to beat the game without the Internet and minus waypoints. The original Legend of Zelda doesn't top my list but it's damn near the top because it's still a fantastic game I play every couple years.

7. Majora's Mask
6. Wind Waker
5. Twilight Princess
4. Ocarina of Time & Ocarina of Time 3D
3. The Legend of Zelda
2. Links Awakening
1. Link to the Past

My list isn't quite as long as some may have as I haven't played all the Zelda's. Notable exceptions on my list are the Adventure of Link, Oracle of Ages & Seasons, Link Between Worlds(I own this I haven't started it yet), The Minish Cap and Skyward Sword. I plan on playing The Adventure of Link when I get an NES Classic so until then, it's still on my list of shame.

For the Zelda games you've played how would you rank them? Love to hear you thoughts in the comments.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 02/09/2017 at 04:57am

Here's the Kotaku article if anyone is interested in reading it.

Travis   Admin wrote on 02/09/2017 at 04:19pm

I haven't played Twilight Princess but other than that our list of Zeldas played is identical, and my list is 100% identical if you take out TP.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 02/10/2017 at 02:28am

I find it difficulty to rank the Zelda games as you did. They're all so very great, although the 2nd Zelda game is my least favorite. I remember trying to play it multiple times and having no idea what to do. I did finally play again many years later using a guide and cheat codes.

Other than that, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Skyward Sword, the modern console versions are fantastic. I didn't play Link to the Past until I got it for the DS. It was cool and I enjoyed it, but that was my first and only hands on experience with it. The original Zelda is great, too!

My most recent favorite Zelda game is Hyrule Warriors, I love it absolutely! I expect Breath of the Wild will join the ranks of the top Zelda games.

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