Top 10 Best The Legend of Zelda Games

You've probably played many of The Legend of Zelda games and enjoyed them all. But which ones are your favorite? Pick the greatest Legend of Zelda games!
The Top Ten
1 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Definitely deserves all of the praise it gets and then some. While I'd still put Majoras Mask and Windwaker above it, it's still a blast from start to finish

Every Zelda game is different but this one is what made the franchise great. The gameplay and story of Ocarina is what made this game a hit. This was the first game that brought Link into a 3D environment (no, not the 3D that everyone these days is obsessed with) and Nintendo did a great job in making it. Because of the gameplay it is able to offer something that the handheld and all previous Zelda games weren't able to. For the time this game's graphics were great but I would really like to see this game re-made for something besides the 3DS with HD graphics. I'm sure that the younger generations of Zelda fans would get to enjoy the classic that they weren't able to.

This is the one Zelda game that I grew up with. It is a classic. It's story is incredible, the gameplay/puzzles are top tier, and the soundtrack makes the gameplay even better. I think that Ocarina of Time has been the new standard for a Zelda game, which may have gotten some people a little "triggered", which is OK. I like this new standard, even though the orginal Zelda is much more of an open world, there are other open world games that I would rather play as what they are as an open world game, than to play Ocarina of Time as an open world. Ocarina of Time is the best Zelda game, change my mind!

Wind Waker and Majora's Mask are overrated. Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword are underrated. But Ocarina of Time is probably the best of them all. Although I enjoyed playing TP and SS more, I have so much respect for this game. I wasn't even born when it came out (I played the later 3ds version) but I understand just how important it was. So many franchises fell because they couldn't make the transition from 2D to 3D. But Zelda... Ocarina of Time is a masterpiece that still holds up today. I am so happy that Zelda's transition from 2D to 3D was fantastic, some may even say flawless!

That is why I respect The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time so much.

2 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

This was the realistic Zelda game before Breath Of The Wild even existed. The graphics still are the gold standard of the GameCube and Wii, with every location and character having touches of realism and it absolutely rocks. The ability to turn into a wolf is the major selling point, as you can dig around, follow scents, howl, and bite and claw enemies to death. Motion controls are more fluent on the Wii, even for a launch title. Swinging your sword is responsive, as well as adjusting the camera. The only criticisms: Riding Epona sucks at the beginning, as when you herd goats, one just rams your horse and you fall off, thankfully there are wide open spaces that Epona can run around later in the game, Midna is a huge jerk in the beginning but it turns out she's not that bad of a character, and the bosses are kind of easy. Overall, fantastic Zelda game, I don't know why it's so hated nowadays.

super cool bosses great music a super sexy side helper crazy cool link and you put Ocarina of time in 1st what the HECK make this first NOW or I will one day sue you AND leave a very very very! bad review mark my writing you have been warned guys looking on this website PLEASE play this game and you will agree with me so my lord please make it first to make things even better it has the same timeline of Ocarina of time! plus if make this same review I will thank you and save your name forever join me guys and gals and agree this game is alpha.THANK YOU FOR READING.

Being heralded as one of the best (if not the best) Zelda games during its time, the years have been unkind to this masterpiece game as it has ironically become the underdog pick, pun intended (Because you turn into a dog! Get it? ). Providing challenging enemies and puzzles, a touching story, and a large, heavily atmospheric world full of fantastical characters, Twilight Princess stands tall in the franchise, giving subtle nods to its predecessors while remaining an independent chapter that would serve as forethought to later entries. Though many find the game's sandbox oversized and its missions drawn out to tediousness, it is designed to allow the dramatic sequences to have a deep sink in as well as give a feel that Hyrule and its provinces are a truly grand kingdom. Critics say that the game "tried to hard to be dark," usually in response to its color palette and use of a "twilight realm." Well, it didn't just try. It SUCCEEDED in being dark. Fans wanted dark after experiencing ...more

This was the first Legend of Zelda game I played, and in all out truth it was the first video game I became completely invested in. I played at a neighbors house, and later begged my mother for a spare dollar just so I could by the game. I bought it... And that was when the magic began...

I remember how much I loved every character! Such diverse personalities and aesthetic looks! Not to mention that theirs so many people! So many people to talk to, and to become invested in imagining what it's like from their point of view (I'm a strange human whom thinks up back stories for background characters). And Midna... To this day she is still by far my FAVORITE companion, hell - she's my favorite character!

And the world that these people lived in... I was too young at the time to enjoy the scenery and the beautifully dark atmosphere, but now that I'm almost an adult I see all that I missed as I play this game for the fourth time... I'm simply awestruck by the artistic passion ...more

3 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

The perfect example of gaming as an art form. Literally everything about this game is perfectly crafted it's not only the best Zelda game, but the best game ever made period.

This game sucks! I have played lots of zelda games and this one deserves no spot on the list. You start out looking for the lost friend, who by the way is navi from ocarina of time who flies away mysteriously in the end, and they never say where she is. It can be fun but it is just an add on game. There are only about 4 dungeons and at least 100 mini quests. The graphics are worse than its predecessor ocarina of time and this game is newer. There should have been more temples and more challenge. Plus the happy mask salesman is looking for the most evil mask ever! Whats with that? Its evil. They should have made him a villain. Now for those of you who think I got stuck on the first temple and quit, I beat the game.

This was a great game that went against quite a few classic tropes. While Link was on a quest to save the world, it always felt like you could not save everyone. You were on a time limit, the doomsday clock, which meant that you could not create a happy ending for everyone, just take what you need, reverse time and stop Majora. It really gave a foreboding and ominous feeling to the series that had been mostly unexplored. And on the subject of time, this was finally the game which had the villain actually enact his plan. Gone are the times where you could save the world later because you got to fish now. And while you can reverse time, it does it quite well, letting you only keep important items. And after you reversed time, all the good you did is undone, leaving you to shrug your shoulders and carry on without saving them.

The side mission system, where you have to help people and find out about them at different points in time during the three-day cycle, is simply genius, especially when you see how things turn out for them dependent on your actions. But even more important: The whole game has a very powerful, melancholic atmosphere and music which are deep to the bone. The last minutes before the moon crushes down are enthralling. This is especially true when you are short in time to help someone out or finish a job which happens a few times. When you have made it to the end of the game and have seen the world's downfall so many times in the process you will kind of love this world and their people.

4 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Ahh, Windfall Island. So peaceful. just sniffing the sea breeze, watching the windmills, just having a good time. Apart from most of the residents of the island. Apart from the hooded merchant, the teacher and Salvatore, the residents are so annoying. Especially Maggie's Father. He just pops out of nowhere out of the bushes and you are forced to listen to his tragic sob story about his daughter. I will forever hate that character with a passion. It's my least favorite character of the whole franchise, in my opinion. And also, he appears to be homeless, as he is shown in dirty clothing, and begs you for some random crap. He is also an arrogant jerk after you rescue his daughter, as he is now a rich snob. Apart from that character, great game. Really grows on you.

Although every Zelda game is epic in it's own way, the one too special to me is The Wind Waker. It was my very first Zelda game. It's not only my favorite game from the series, it's my favorite game overall. The world in this game is simply enormous, the characters are very memorable, and the story is very deep and emotional. It also had some very funny moments. And the music is just too fantastic, best one in the series if you ask me. And the graphics (although still criticized) is one of the many things that makes the game so epic. The characters, especially Link, were so expressive in this one. It really made you feel part of that world. There was always something to do in every corner. The dungeons were challenging and fun, and the sailing, although tedious from time to time, made you feel like you were really exploring a vast, oceanic world. I wont deny that games like Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess were amazing, and that Skyward Sword was a big leap for the series, but ...more

The game that got me into the series, and it is now my favorite game of all time. It's release showed who the true Zelda fans were, the ones that could handle the change and appreciate that new approach. The graphics were heavily criticized back then (and still a little bit today), but there is no doubt that it is one of the many things that made this game so unique and special. Just because it's cel shaded doesn't mean it's childish. Do not be deceived by appearances. This game, while very funny at times, has some very emotional and dark moments. The characters, especially Link, are so extremely expressive, you really feel like you are there with them. The soundtrack is the best of the series, it only comes to mention that this is the only game in the series where every single boss has it's own music. Even if they are divided into stages, the music still changes (Puppet Ganon). The characters are so very memorable and you even get to control a few major ones. To add more, Link has ...more

Every Zelda game makes the community happy, although this one makes us more than happy. It makes you excited and adventurous! Link is quite unique on this game. The storyline fits the game as you sail from one island to the next!

Not only this is my all time favorite Zelda game. But my favorite game out of them all! Zelda took a step of cartoony and artistic looks. Added a few characters. Not to mention the side quests which filled my heart with joy. And this game introduces to ways to travel such as sailing. And introduces old characters from previous Zelda games.

You can also have fun throwing pigs and messing around with snot boy which is funny. If you haven't played this game yet or if you are a starter to the franchise I recommend the WindWaker first!

5 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

I feel that this is hands-down the best 2D Legend of Zelda game. Clever bosses, great gameplay, amazing visuals (for a SNES), decent music, and fun dungeons!

My only complaint is that the difficulty takes a massive spike between the Light World and Dark World. It also makes another spike in between the seventh dungeon you beat and Ganon's Tower. Other than those two instances, the difficulty is all-around the same, since it is also a game where you don't have to play linear, you can beat the dungeons out of order, which I think is clever.

I could of voted for Ocarina of Time or Minish Cap, but if I'm to be totally honest then I would have to say that this was my favorite Zelda game. (not having played Link between Worlds yet) I love the top down veiw game play, and for the Zelda series it just fits perfectly for the level designs and puzzles, the combat and cool gadgets, gadgets which no other game has been able to match! Don't get me wrong I won't argue the awesomeness of the newer prettier Zelda games, but being an original player of the first nes game, I value game play above graphics, and adventure equally to both, therefore I vote for A Link to the Past as the greatest Zelda game of all time! Which means I'll probably vote for A Link Between Worlds as the greatest as well!

The Godfather of Zelda due the fact that it pretty much invented Zelda the way everyone knows it and loves it. It was the first one using the Master Sword, had a ton of music in it that all the next games in line still reuse, was the first which had an actual storyline, and and and. I love this game from the bottom of my heart, even more than Ocarina of Time or Majora's Mask.

PS: Skyward Sword is the worst Zelda game. Except for The Adventure of Link, maybe. And the CD-I games of couse, who doesn't count as Zelda games anyway.

This game made such an impact on me. It didn't need fancy graphics to deliver an amazingly fun adventure. The music and story line have stuck with me over the years, and I lost count of how many hours I spent exploring and uncovering new secrets. Despite having much more "realistic" looking games, I find myself being drawn back to this one at least once every couple of years.

6 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Skyward Sword was a great step forward for the series and was very innovative. They added a great upgrade system based on things you collect, they added better shield mechanics (such as new types of shields, durability, fixing shields with potions, or even upgrading them). They added the stamina bar which (FINALLY) gives Link the ability to run, jump, and parkour. They added hero mode (a mode where you take double damage and heart flowers don't appear as an extra challenge). They added a great combat system that wasn't just spam the "b" button (you have to assess the enemy, find a good way to attack based on how the enemy acts, and execute it). They added immersive 1:1 motion controls. I could go on, but I'll stop there.

Actually no. They added a lot more than that. With Skyward Sword, they gave the Legend Of Zelda series an AMAZING origin story that served as the prequel to Ocarina of Time. They condensed the overworld, making sure that it was full to the brim with content. ...more

How do peeps put windwaker ahead of this? This game beat Skyrim to game of the year.
Difficult to even start off with how incredible this game is. The worlds are far more expansive than in the other games, with islands and down below worlds as well. Fi is annoying, but is Navi really an better? The villain in this is incredibly likable, the demon lord Ghirahim, bearing an appearance reminiscent of David Bowie in Labyrinth, also garnering his weirdness as well. The art direction is in a happy medium between the dark and haunting style of Twilight princess and Majora's mask, and the silly cartoon we see in Windwaker, having a french impressionist style of art direction. Graphics are Great for Wii (superior to twilight princess), Highly recommend an HD remake though. Only great game with motion controls, being a huge step forward for motion controls at the time. Incredibly breathtaking soundtrack, being the first game being recorded with a live orchestra, making for a dazzling ...more

Most people hate on this because hating on it is "the cool thing to do." It is actually a near perfect, if not perfect game. I mean come one, you are telling me that all 30+ reviewers that gave it a 10/10 at release were high or something? Just no. I'm fine with people hating on this game if they have a good argument but no one really does. "It is linear." Just like every other 3d Zelda. "Fi is annoying." Yet she has more character development than Navi. No one is going around saying Ocarina of Time has Navi 0/10. But people are doing that for Skyward Sword. But I guess that it is just the Zelda Cycle.

This is my least favorite Zelda game with Breath of the Wild second least favorite, though BOTW was actually good, SS just sucks. It's not a Zelda game, I don't know who at Nintendo thought to crank out this type of story and slap Zelda's name on it, but this is not Zelda. Zelda has never been this emotional of a series. It had way more crying scenes than any Zelda game has ever had, it had too much focus on lovey-dovey romance than a Zelda game even had with its cast.

I mean, why make a Zelda game so emotional to even make the protagonist cry a bit? Why make Zelda cry tears of joy at the end? I don't understand why people cry tears of joy of all tears. Why are people insulting Link and pushing him off cliffs in this game? Link is my favorite character and in this game, he's a butt-monkey, insulted by Scrapper, insulted by Impa, insulted by Groose etc.. and they made Link a bit too mean in this game. I don't think Zelda has that many characters insulting each other.

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7 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

How on Earth is this outside the top ten? If this is not the best Zelda game ever made it is easily in the top five. The game is by no means flawless, but then again few, if any, games are. Irrespective of how you feel about this game not being a traditional Zelda (I.e. staged storyline, traditional big dungeons, collect special item and progress further in Hyrule etc), it cannot be denied that this game is an experience, one that has captivated a new generation of gamers. Best Zelda game? Hard to say, too early to call it a classic. Most important Zelda game Nintendo has released in years? Absolutely!

Why is this not yet at the top? It is perfect. Also, don't listen to the other guy; sticks are NOT more durable than swords. Now, on to what makes this game perfect.

1. Huge world, completely open to exploration. You can do ANYTHING.

2. Story is minor, yet effective. I won't spoil anything, but it's GOOD.

3. The game actually requires PLAYER SKILL, which is something that we haven't seen in full force since the SNES days.

4. There are NO limits, and when there is an incredibly minor one, it is for story reasons and makes sense.

5. Enemies are tough. Really tough. There is a very good chance that you will develop a phobia of even fairly low-tier enemies like lizalfos or blue/black bokoblins early on in the game.

6. However, this does not make it cheap. Like I said before, it ties completely into player skill and ingenuity. Trying to brute force encounters rarely goes well, but if you can think of a good way to use the environment or the tools ...more

The options you have with this game are endless. I have spent so many hours on it and I still haven't 100% the game. You can totally skip the story and go to the final boss, or you can do the story traveling the world, or you can screw around with all the side quests and shrines. The only complaint I have is that everything that you do quite often (shrines, enemies, and dungeons specifically) feels a little bit redundant, but this game is suited for every player out there.

This was the first Legend of Zelda Game I ever played so I might be a bit biased, but I think it should be in at least the top 5. It has not only a compelling storyline, but also a weapons system, a cool over world kind of freedom, and a great series of puzzles. This isn't even mentioning the huge map, the Easter eggs (Xenoblade Chronicles anyone? ) and all the great new things they added! I really like expanding on the Sheikah. (Is there a way to get to Twilight? Zelda mentions Twilight as she is appointing Link the champion.) All-around great game.

8 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Link's Awakening is the perfect example of early 90s nostalgia in a Zelda game. The remake itself still captures the nostalgia in its graphics and soundtrack, but it's still a very underrated Zelda game. The only gripe I have with this game is finding all the Secret Seashells, as you need about 40 to get the best sword in the game, which is the Koholint Sword. It's kind of like a parallel world to the Zelda franchise, as you can see Mario and Kirby enemies in this game. It's kind of weird. My favorite dungeon in this game has to be the Face Shrine. It's so complex, the music really helps set the somber atmosphere, as well as a creative use of the block switches. It's an easy game that gets harder as the game goes on, in my opinion.

The best of the 2D Zelda's, the original game was severely held back by the original hardware, but the switch remake transformed it to one of the most beautiful games I've ever experienced.

Now THIS is what you call an amazing game. The game is challenging and fun. The sidequests are nice, the graphics were incredible for gameboy, and the music is awesome. One excuse I hear on why this game is not as good as others is simply that turtle rock is to "hard". Two things about that. 1: it's the final dungeon of the game, it should be difficult. 2: I found this dungeon quite easy actually. Its probably just me since I am used to this style of zelda, but I still would say eagle's tower and catfish maw were harder. 11/10.

Ocarina of Time and all the other popular ones are really great. But this game is kinda underrated. It's so different from the other Zelda games, but that's what makes it so great. There isn't really even a villain. And it's actually really sad at the end :( The dungeons were really fun, the music was beautiful, the characters were pretty memorable and this is definitely the best handheld Zelda. It can even compete with some of the console games. If you haven't played it yet play it now!

9 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

It's almost 2022, and yet, I still hear people calling this game lazy and unoriginal, as it is "basically A Link To The Past but with 3DS graphics and a toybox artstyle." Well, that does sum up what this game has to offer, but if you look deeper into the game, you find a ton of interesting lore that goes with it. Parallel worlds have been done to death throughout the series, such as the Dark World in A Link To The Past, Subrosia in the Oracle games and the Twilight Realm in Twilight Princess, but the parallel world in this game, Lorule, has some resemblance to the series, as it's an antithesis to Hyrule. It's quite similar to the Dark World, as well. The bad stuff? Hunting Maiamais can be quite tedious, as it's extremely similar to Secret Seashell hunting in Link's Awakening. Overall, it's an underrated Zelda game that really does capture the spirit of the 2D games well.

While not my favorite Zelda game, this one is great! The dungeons were all fun and satisfying to go through, and I liked the concept of playing them in any order! While it's nice to have items appear in dungeons, it still worked with the whole renting concept, and it was an innovative idea. The soundtrack is pretty good, and while it's not the best one I've heard, this game has some great songs (mainly Lorule Castle to me)! Also, the story was better than I expected, and the ending was surprising and awesome! I was expecting this game to focus a lot more on gameplay, but it delivered a pretty good story as well! Overall, a great game that every Zelda fan should pick up. I never played A Link to the Past (although I plan to and I think it will be good), but I know that this game plays homage to that game in many ways (it even has mostly the same overworld! ) and if you were a fan of A Link to the Past, you will certainly feel lots of nostalgia!

This game is incredible! An amazing tribute to my 3rd favorite Zelda- A Link to the Past, it at first seems to be a beautiful remake, with a near exact rendition of LttP's map. But then you begin upgrading items, finding all the secrets and flying through the dungeons. A more streamlined game for on the go, it features fast travel and quick touchscreen interface. One awesome addition was putting pins on your map. This is extremely helpful for finding and accessing secrets in the overworld. The only downfall that keeps this from being one of my favorite games ever is that it is to easy! I highly recommend this as a starting point for up-and-coming Zelda fans!

I loved this game, not because it followed the Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past formula and added in a more solid story arc. Yes it's basically a copy, but it was a good and slightly upgraded copy. It added another new mechanic that was cool and useful. Can't get to that ledge on the other side of the cliff? Merge into the wall and slide on across. It was fun and cool to get through places you couldn't of in a Link to the Past, and I can't begin on the music, I mean each song in a dungeon was spot on with the mood and it felt awesome in each dungeon. Not to mention that Lorule was a staple in the Legend of Zelda series adding to Zelda theories and creating memorable characters like Ravio and Gully. But all in all Lorule was better than The Dark world, mostly because The dark world wasn't a world anything like Hyrule, but Lorule was like Hyrule after Ganondorf take over (or at least in Hyrule town in OOT), it was damaged and had some cool characters, like the badass princess Hilda ...more

10 The Legend of Zelda (1986)

I've been trying to pick up some old games that characters in Smash Bros. started from. Aside from playing the Mario Bros. trilogy and the Lost Levels, which I've beaten several times as a kid, this was one of the first old games I played, and I think it's great for what it is.

This was the very first Zelda game, as well as the very first video game, I played as a kid. I remember my dad installing it on our computer, and and although I was kept dying because I was so young, being 4 years old at the time, I had a blast! Playing it is one of my favorite childhood memories, and I enjoy revisiting it to this day.

Most of you all are too young to be able to really appreciate what this game represents...there's a reason it's among the first ten games enshrined into the Video Game Hall of Fame, and they certainly didn't make a mistake with this one. I would rank it #1 in this list, and probably the same spot with any list of video games.

The addiction of this game allows you to play it through in a much more open-ended format. While you have to beat all of the dungeons, you can walk into the first one with the blue ring, white sword, and a couple of heart pieces at your disposal.

This game is what makes Zelda well, Zelda, and I love it.

The Contenders
11 The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

Definitely the best 2d Zelda game. Also one of the most overlooked games in the franchise. To be honest I like Vaati much more than Ganon(dorf). Ezlo is also one of the best companions in the franchise. This is certainly my 3rd favorite Zelda game.
Link's Awakening is also really amazing, though.

Not but it's the least progressive Zelda game. It has no new mechanics and it doesn't push any new boundaries. The gameplay is pure formula.

This game is so underrated, such a fantastic Zelda addition and so refreshingly different.

Great and really fun storyline. If you want variation, then play this one.

12 The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

I chose this over Phantom Hourglass because why? This game is too damn fun! I think this and Twilight Princess are my two favorite Zelda games because why? Both soundtracks are phenomenal, ESPECIALLY the overworld theme when you're on a train, at first I wasn't sure about trains in Zelda, but when I heard this track, I decided to groove along to it as I went along on a train. Hits different when you're actually on an old Union Pacific steam train. The dungeon music is kind of the same except for later dungeons like the Fire/Sand temples. I actually found this game's Zelda to be the funniest incarnation because of the time she freaked out over losing her body and becoming a ghost. The one thing I don't like about this game is the Spirit Flute. The melodies you play are nice, but the controls suck. Overall, the best DS Zelda game. Just let that sink in.

Very underrated. You'd think the train mechanic would be bad if not worse than the boat in Phantom Hourglass. but it is not as restrictive or boring as you might think. It's actually fun to plot a route and travel on the tracks where you want to go! Also, the music is OUTSTANDING, the dungeons are fun, the story is good, the phantom mechanic is great, and it's just generally a higher quality game than Phantom Hourglass. The only bad thing about it is those stupid blue trains that kill you! If you disagree, that's fine, but at least give it a chance and don't assume it will be low quality. I hear this game mentioned a lot with some other games that are seen as bad or low quality, and I don't feel this game belongs in that same conversation. Give this one a chance!

Listen, I've seen videos saying that this is the worst Zelda game of all time- Even Matpat from The Game Theorists named the "Hero of Trains" From Zelda Spirit Tracks the "Weakest Link" In one of his videos. And I see his point- But I simply can't agree with that... Maybe it's because it's one of the first Zelda games I played (Second after Phantom Hourglass) but I simply ADORE this game. I even recently took to the internet in order find this game and almost CRIED when I was able to find it for a decent price. The music is beautiful and even though it is a bit funny to hear that he is "The Hero of Trains" I simply HAVE to choose this as the best Zelda game. I went back and played other but none could give me that happy, carefree feeling I get when I play Spirit Tracks- Regardless of other's opinions- I have to disagree!

I truly hate this game. The dungeons are good. I kind of like the story and Zelda being a playable character. But the train is the worst thing that happened to Zelda. Not only did it kill the exploration, or make the game boring, but the train sections were thoroughly unpleasant for me.

13 The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

These two games were designed to function as one, and when considered from that perspective they combine to make one of the most substantive games in terms of gameplay and level design. They also tread new ground with the locations and villains, and in Season's case a totally unique mechanic in the Seasons theme. Add the bonus of linking the two and an extended ending and it's an immensely satisfying journey.

Huge quest when linked with Seasons, intriguing story, solid gameplay, tons of originality and potential for sequels... I've played the Oracles more than any other game and they pack such a punch for the smaller package. So many Zelda titles get stuck in the ruts of "tradition," but the Oracles do their own thing, as I wish more Zelda games would do.

Actually my favorite is the Linked Oracles adventure, but if I have to choose one I'll go with OoA for the superior story and characters.
This duo just represents everything about my ideals for the series.
It breaks the formula by taking you out of Hyrule and giving you interesting enemies and worlds that I would love the series to develop further as kind of different pillars to the overall Legend of the series.
Simplistic dialogue compared to more recent titles but still my favorites together.

The game is so balanced in terms of difficulty. First dungeon is a joke, then last dungeon is impossible. Also game play is epic. That's why this surpasses all other Zelda games, even ocarina of time.

14 The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

My personal favorite of the duo (and therefore one of my favorites in the franchise), it has a less developed world and characters and story than OoA but much more fun items and dungeons. And the seasons mechanic is a really cool, original one that I really want to be revisited in a future game!

The season-changing mechanic is original and creative. The sprite work is really pretty. The colors of each season are vibrant. The music is great (duh, it's Zelda). The dungeons are fun. It's just a solid game.

Plus, you get to go on dates with someone who isn't Zelda for once. AND you get to name a kid and decide who that kid becomes. (I chose Hero.)

Why is this one so overlooked? perhaps because it was at the tail end of the game boy life cycle, or that it was a 2d game, when 3d games were all the rage. In my opinion this was the pinnacle of 2d zelda. What a classic, I would say it is maybe my favorite game of all time.

This is definitely the most underrated game in the series.

15 The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

This was my first LOZ game I played AND completed the story. It has some cool concepts like for example how one puzzle has you close the system without turning it off and open to make a mark on the map. I didn't like that it was controlled pretty much by stylus the whole time, it led to link sometimes doing things that were not intended which can be frustrating. No matter how much people say the Temple of the Ocean King is terrible there are areas that allow you to fast travel to them, in exchange for time taken of course, but it isn't that bad. It isn't as terrible as it is made out to be but can be frustrating.

This game is seriously under rated. I don't know why it doesn't make top 5? Awesome game, really works on hand held, Linkbeck is awesome, the freedom sailing around on the boat. Side missions, fishing, salvaging treasure it has it all. Only inprovements I can thing. A shield upgrade would of been better and maybe to get a mask like from wind waker? Also another big island that has some hustle and bustle like mercury with some more shops?

Phantom Hourglass is, in my opinion, the most underrated Zelda game. Overall, I thought it was a great game! Not my favorite in the series, although it's definitely in my top 10. The only thing I hated about it was the Temple of the Ocean King, which was fine at first, but progressively became more tedious to return to.

Very, VERY underrated game that is overshadowed by both its predecessor AND its descendant. It is super fun in almost every area that isn't the ocean king temple plus you only need to visit the OKT four times. I guess people just like to exaggerate.

16 The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

You guys might hate this game, but it still belongs on the list, I mean come on you put crossbow training before an actual Zelda game? That's just completely ridiculous.

It may not be as popular as ocarina of time or twilight princess, but it is the best LOZ game I have ever played. It has a great story, really cool characters, and it's super addicting.

It's good multiplayer fun, but way too much of a hassle to assemble everything for a four-player experience.

While I wouldn't call it the best, it's very, very, very FUN!

17 Hyrule Warriors

Though Hyrule Warriors wasn't a canon Zelda game, it was still pretty solid. I was hyped when Nintendo stated that characters from the series were now on the same era, especially the Twilight Princess, Midna. The gameplay itself is so repetitive yet so fun, you won't even know you have been clicking the same buttons. Also, the story was novel and unique. I mean, (SPOILER) who would have guessed Lana was more than a playable character, eh? She is the Guardian of Time��"well, the alternate light form. All in all, this game is amazing and I totally recommend it. I can't wait for Hyrule Warriors a Legends, staring Linkle!

When I first played this at the Nintendo store in New York, I totally loved the game! It was so much fun, lots of action, graphics are alright, sound is phenomenal and I loved it so much, I got the game and it's a blast! Not he best Zelda game, but it's awesome!

I have no idea why this is way down here sure it's not as adventurous as the others but is still an awesome game you can be Gannondawrf and impa. It is such a great game there are people from sky ward sword it truly is an awesome game.

This was dreadful. Graphics look like last-gen. Gameplay is mindless. Multiplayer sucks. No online.

18 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Ok, why is this below Phantom Hourglass? Zelda 2: The Adventure of LInk is a good game. It's probably one of the most underrated games I have ever played. If your a fan of hard games, this game is for you! Whenever you defeat an enemy in this one, it feels like a reward. You feel like you achieved something. The only real problem I have with this game is that you have to go back to the place you started if you die three times.

I can't believe you people. You people need to stop hating on this game. Yes, it's hard. Yes, it's a sidescroller. Yes, it's frustrating. BUT... it's still a good game. Not as good as the first, but it still had plenty to offer. The final boss was difficult but still cool. AND... if the AVGN can say that the game is a good game, THEN IT IS. Seriously? Link's Crossbow Training OVER Zelda II?

As much as I love Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, neither of them can surely beat this classic. The first and only sidescrolling Zelda game, introduced on the NES. This game is so incredibly fun and challenging, and the music is just awesome!

A request to please change the Avatar from GBA to NES cover please!

Surely this game is underrated but Zelda isn't a platform game and it shouldn't be. However, it should be placed a bit higher. I spent countless FUN hours playing this game. Just remember, it can be fun if you treat it that way.

19 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords

The picture they chose for this is the Four Swords Adventure cover. Granted, there probably isn't really a well-known cover for Four Swords, but it's just a heads up. If you vote for this, you are voting for the ORIGINAL Four Swords. Four Swords Adventures for Gamecube is above this, so look up a little if you want to vote for that (at least at the time this is being written)!

Four Swords on DSi is the perfect example of linear Zelda done right! I liked skipping past the exposition and just going straight from dungeon to dungeon, and would love to see that style of gameplay done again for future Zelda titles; not even a Four Swords sequel, just a linear Mystery Dungeon crawler that plays like this underrated masterpiece!

A remake of a link to the past for the super Nintendo. It also has a multiplayer game called four swords!

Link to the past gets no love? Shame..

20 The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Haven't played this, but it looks pretty fun! The one think that isn't good is that I don't think you can play the main game with only 2 people total. I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure you can only play by yourself or with 2 friends (3 people total). That's kinda stupid, but I think the game will be fun to play other than that (although it's not gonna be the "masterpiece" type game, just a fun, satisfying game).

Definitely meant be played with friends. Single player works fine, but misses the mark of Zelda. Not that it's a bad game, not by any means, but was obviously designed around multiplayer, making single player seem like an afterthought. Multiplayer is great, with playing online fun, good connectivity, but can have long wait times. It tries to help this by putting plenty of things in the waiting room, but these will only take away attention for a few minutes. Communicating with others is okay, you are given 6-8 buttons on the touch screen to communicate wiht other players, and these work fine, but could be much better with a few more options. Lack of Text chat is dissapointing, and could have easily been implemented, but gameplay works fine without it Voice would be likely impossible on the hardware, so its understandable that it's left out. Levels are unique, and completing them offers challenges, in which you must complete the Level with certain conditions, such as haveing a time ...more

I'm sorry but I hate this game. I have attempted to play it may times but I can't get into it at all. I feel like it shouldn't be on the list. This is my opinion so if you disagree I respect that. In my opinion though this isn't a good Zelda game.

This is a really good game, its also chaotic with friends. I highly recommend you guys to buy this game.

21 Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland

Wait this is a game?

22 Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

How come nobody added this?

23 Tingle's Balloon Fight DS
24 Zelda (Game & Watch)

Often an overlooked game considering its status as a Game & Watch title; but, surprisingly, the game is fun, addicting, and challenging, and even has its own story that takes place after Zelda II. It's currently on G&W Collection 4 for GBA, so give it a shot if you can!

Is this the game were Mr. Game and watch invades

25 Link: The Faces of Evil

This game sucks! If you think this is should be number one, be higher or think it is awesome then you are drunk, don't know the game, never played it or never seen a YouTube video of it. Even they made this thing called YouTube poop that just makes fun of the game. This game (if you can call this a game) is better then Wand of Gamelon but is the 2nd worst Zelda game. Thank you for listening

This game is a masterpiece among zelda games. The Characters, Story, and setting is masterfully detailed. The Gameplay is fun to play. The Controls are better than Skyward. It is filled with startling insight into the complexity of the Human Soul.

A Triumph.

This game is awesome! What's it doing way down here at 28? I don't know if it was the music, the characters or the gameplay, but it is certainly better than Majora's mask and needs to be higher on the list

This game is revolutionary. It provides a stunning adventure with some of the best animations seen in a Zelda game. I would recommend to anyone.

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