The debate over which Zelda game is the best is one that you just cannot win. Everyone is biased towards a certain game in the series. If you are like me, the first Zelda game you completed in its entirety is probably the number one on your list. Beating a Legend of Zelda game 100% is an achievement that should one should be extremely proud of.
5) Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD (Nintendo Wii U)
– Wind Waker HD looked absolutely stunning. The minute I turned on the game, a smile came to my face as I look at all of the bright colors and listened to the best music any Legend of Zelda game has to offer. That being said, the almost childish graphics kinda turned me off after a while. It just didn’t seem like I was playing a Zelda game at some points. Toon Link is phenomenal whether it be in combat or the expressions on his face. If I did a ranking on Music this would easily be number one. But my overall experience outweighs the music and I just can’t get over the 180 degree turn they took in regards to graphics. Still love playing this game, of course it is in my top 5. On to the next…
4) Legend of Zelda: A Link Between World’s (Nintendo 3DS)
– This was the first “true” handheld Legend of Zelda game that I played. I hated this game during the first few hours I played it. I kept saying “this isn’t a Zelda game, this isn’t a Zelda game”, when in reality, this WAS the closest thing to a classic Zelda game that I had ever played. After I got through the first two dungeons I began to enjoy it. I don’t know what it was but something clicked and I became addicted to it. The dungeons were well crafted for a handheld Legend of Zelda and the story line was somewhat powerful. This game just didn’t have the open world that I am used to in a Zelda game, nor did it have the depth that other Zelda games have. Therefore, A Link Between Worlds sits at Number 4 on my list.
3) Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64, 3DS)
– Hands down the most revolutionary Legend of Zelda game of all time. The story line is absolutely perfect. The fact that a game that was released for the Nintendo 64 is still being used as a model for story telling within games is incredible. Although the story is awesome, it falls short in the category of graphics and simply just cannot compare to the newer Zelda’s. The other reason why this game is not my Number 1 is the WATER TEMPLE! The most frustrating and difficult Temple in all of Zelda. I can’t tell you how many times I slammed my controller into the ground trying to complete it. All in all, Ocarina of Time still holds a special place in my heart, it just is not my favorite from the series.
2) Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (Nintendo 64, 3DS)
– Majora’s Mask ranks in at Number 2 on the list. Majora’s Mask is one of the most unique Zelda’s to date. With the addition of the 72 Hour system, players have to use their time wisely and plan things out so they can complete tasks at certain times on certain days. I LOVED THIS ASPECT! It made you stop and think more than any other Zelda game. This is probably one of the most difficult games I have played. Although Ocarina of Time was the most revolutionary Zelda game of all time, something about this game just makes it better. Collecting Masks throughout the game is another feature that I thoroughly enjoyed. Lastly, the final boss battle was EPIC!
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1) Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo Gamecube, Wii)
– This was the first Legend of Zelda game that I completed. Now, that is not the only reason why it is ranked number 1 on the list. The Legend Of Zelda Twilight Princess had me engaged the ENTIRE GAME. The fishing alone in the game put it at the top of the list. I have well over 80 hours on this game and at least 10 of that was fishing. With the addition of the Wii mote and nunchuck, this game had a feeling that the other Zelda games just could not match. Now onto the story part of this game. While I agree that Midna was quite annoying in this game, when it was over I found myself feeling sad when she had to leave. It was like a part of me had vanished right before my eyes. Also, this whole story wasn’t just about Link. It had multiple aspects that had all correlated nicely together. So in conclusion, the storyline, graphics, Wii platform, and Midna were the reasons this game ranked at the top of my list.