A while back I decided to make a ranked list of my personal top 10 Legend of Zelda games. I have since modified it after the Breath of the Wild came out. Let me know what you think in the comments section. I’m interested to see how other people’s rankings compare to mine.
A very fun game when it came out with some interesting mechanics. I vividly remember getting stuck on the puzzle where you need to close the DS in order to make a copy of your map. This game was pretty great for it being the first Zelda entry on the DS as well. It is also a direct followup to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. It continues on with the story right where it had left off and landed as a pretty warmly received Zelda title at the time of it’s release.
This game came out with a fresh new look at the previous top-down Zelda formula. It is a follow up to the Four Swords Zelda games. Link sets out with a talking hat, after rescuing it, to restore the Four Sword and save the land of Hyrule. The big mechanic I remember from this was the ability to make copies of Link to solve the various puzzles throughout the game. All in all it was a solid launch for a Zelda game on the Game Boy Advance platform.
The first handheld Zelda game, I played countless hours of this game as a kid. This is one of the few Zelda games that does not take place in Hyrule and does not feature Princess Zelda. Instead, you are tasked with collecting instruments that will eventually wake up the Wind Fish from its slumber. It later got a release on the Gameboy Color in The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX. For a project that was just supposed to be a port of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, this title was fantastic for it’s time and did not dissapoint as the first handheld Zelda.
Not quite as good as the companion game that came out alongside it, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons is still a fantastic game. The main mechanic of this game is that Link uses the Rod of Seasons to change the seasons to complete different tasks and puzzles while on his quest to save Holodrum. There are also animal companions that will help you during the game.
Oracle of Ages takes place in Labrynna and sees Link as he moves between the past and the present using the Harp of Ages. This game was a little more fun than seasons but if you want the full experience you will need to play both. The reason being is that you cannot fight the final boss, Gannon, without having completed both games.
The first and only Zelda game to come out on the 3DS that was not a remake, A Link Between Worlds does not disappoint. This game does some interesting things, like letting you rent weapons and items to use in dungeons rather than finding them in the overworld. It also introduces 2d mechanics to 3d puzzles which make for some very interesting in game scenarios and enables you to transported Link between the two in game worlds. A must play for any Zelda fan, with some of the best puzzles in the series.
Fantastic when it came out on the Gamecube and even more so when it launched for the Wii U, The Wind Waker was my 3rd favorite Zelda game until just recently. The cell shading and the beautiful environments only complement the expansive world they have built here. Not only was it a great game when they released it for the Gamecube, but it was improved greatly in the re-release that it saw on the Wii U. It added some new mechanics and improved on old ones that were looked upon with distaste. Some of my favorite Zelda moments come from this game and the interesting take it has on the original Zelda story.
This game knocked The Wind Waker out of my number 3 spot and for good reason. I’ve probably had more fun with this game than most of the games I’ve played in the last few years, and it has easily been Nintendo’s best Zelda since Ocarina of Time. If you want more details on why I think this game is great, check out my review.
What can I say here? This is one of the greatest games ever made and I still go back to play it to this day. If you haven’t played A Link to the Past stop reading this article and go do it! This game is a must play for any Nintnedo fan and it still holds up just fine. I’m not even going to talk any more about it because you should be playing it or have beaten it already.
My number one favorite Zelda game and one of the best reviewed games of all time. The Ocarina of Time launched on the N64 and manages to still hold up today. I say this because most N64 games are tough to look at nowadays. It has even more lasting value now because of the 3DS re-release, which is the original game with better graphics and smoother lines. Also, you can play it in 3D if you’re into that thing. Ocarina of Time paved the way for many 3D adventure games that followed in its footsteps and continues to be my favorite of all time over the nearly 20 years it’s been out.