Top Ten Legend of Zelda Games

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You've probably played many of the Legend of Zelda games and ejoyed them all. But which ones are your favorite. Pick the greatest Legend of Zelda games!

The Top Ten

1 Ocarina of Time

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.

One of the reasons this is number 1 is because while you're playing it you get this special feeling that you don't get in others, I might not be able to explain it too well, but it makes you start to like the, game, probably because it kinda starts it all, and that it's the beginning, and the fact that you start at a place that makes it really feel like a new story, with great calming music to make you like it more like Saria's song, a great story to make it a real game. Those are my thoughts on this game that a rightful place, number 1.

All Zeldas are amazing, but this one is like the greatest VIDEO GAME of all time! You cannot deny this game it's rightful spot at number 1!

Absolutely wrong. Majora's Mask did everything Ocarina of Time did and more. OoT does not deserve to be number 1. - Mooshroomsrock17

Revolutionary

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2 Twilight Princess

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 ...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

This was the first Zelda game I ever played, I didn't expect much to it and I didn't expect much from the series in general. But Twilight Princess was so atmospheric and energizing that I couldn't stop playing. Not to mention one of the greatest companions to Link ever in Zelda history, Midna, even people who hate the game love Midna. Its beautiful, underrated, and the one of my favorite Zelda games! Oh and Wolf Link, that's pretty cool too.

I think this game (the original developed version for the Gamecube), Majora's Mask, Ocarina of time and breath of the wild are the best games of the series because of their quality and long time of development (except MM, but that game is a Masterpiece because it was made in ONE YEAR!).

Twilight Princess (TP): the pinnacle of the classic Zelda formula (after this game, the formula was getting old and pale). Best Dungeons (maybe tied with Ocarina) and best developed character in the franchise (Midna). The reception of Breath of the Wild showed that Skyward Sword did a step back for the franchise (lack of a Open World and unresponsive control).

Majora's Mask (MM): tries a very different story, and also the best in the franchise, the plot allowed equally developed characters that had depth (other Zelda games failed in that). People may say that Witcher 3 is game better at side quests than a Zelda game but they don't know that MM did that in the year 2000.

Ocarina of ...more

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3 Majora's Mask

This is easily the best game in the series. Many of the series traditions have been left out, and that's a good thing. Link isn't on a classic quest to save the world from the same villain that has been in at least half of the series games. It's hardly even about the enemy. Yes, Majora caused everything, but it isn't about the mask. This is a game that is about the characters. It is about seeing how much a life can change. Link can let the world pass him by and let it die. Or he can become a part of many, many lives. This is the time where your decisions really count.

Link has to relive the same three days over and over. This means that on one cycle he can watch the innkeeper walk through the central city of Clock Town and see her cry in the rain. Later, during the third night, he can see her again in a farm house, despairing that the man who said he loved her will never come back. But on a different playthrough, Link can choose to talk to this woman and see a completely ...more

I love the music in Majora's Mask. Especially the Majora/Skull Kid related ones. As a matter of fact, there's more to it than that. The song of healing captures just what Majora's Mask really is. (That's my opinion, by the way! ). You can turn "hurt" people into masks. They are actually very useful. And that's not all of them. I believe that Link, the hero of time, is, indeed, (the Majora's mask hero of time, by the way) the link, which rules them all. Do you know why we're at the top of the food chain? Tools! And Link from Majora's Mask sure seems to have a lot of useful stuff. The Hookshot is probably the most helpful item to get across things, to me. (If that's real metal, then link must be a real badass to carry all of that chain, hook, and handle up in there...) and where did he find all of those tools? Throughout Termina. But wait! We still have one more... And this PROVES that he is, indeed the hero of time: the ocarina of time. This, in my opinion, is what brought ...more

Majora's Mask... By far the most complex, detailed Legend of Zelda, which helps it go a long way for me. Chills... I mean, seriously, CHILLS! Everything from the music to the story to the little details that are hard to notice and then the gameplay and the difficulty... The best game in the best series. Hard pick, but I think this deserves number one.

In short, this is the best Zelda game due to it being very unique in many aspects...
-Different story. No Ganon, no Hyrule, no Zelda (only in the prologue)
-Game dynamic of 72 hours is very unique
-Despite being a children's game, the tone is very dark and ominous
-Masks offer another unique element
-Strongest Link incarnation BY FAR, Gilded Sword is 2x more powerful than Master Sword, Great Fairy's Sword is 4x stronger than the Master Sword
-Fierce DEITY Link... enough said

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4 The Windwaker

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

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

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! - GameTwists

I was born the exact day, month, and year this came out in Japan!

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5 Skyward Sword

I think this is one of the best Legend of Zelda games out there... It not only has a great storyline, but their character development tells you many things about the Link and Zelda that you've played with for 25 years. The way they reuse areas as opposed to making 20 different ones show how Nintendo is able to reuse old material and still make it nostalgic, yet refreshing

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 ...more

I love how they add a harder difficulty when you beat the game, not only do you get to play it more but you have a more diffucult time doing a second time so you don't just fly through it. In my opinion, I think the more difficult the game, the more fun; Takes you longer and has you concentrate more on getting through the game and puzzles. I never use guides or walkthroughs with this game, once I'd seen the game and started to play it, it turned out great! Best Zelda game of all time, I'v beaten all 3 profiles in Regular mode and Hero mode, just giving you a hint on how much I play it. Deleted all 3 and now starting again, just LOVE IT! Should have it's rigthful place in the 1st, but 3rd is okay

Very underrated Zelda game.
Story was great, artstyle is colorful, and I liked its controls. Characters were very well developed. I particurarly loved Ghirahim. He wasn't the classic Zelda villain, calculating and badass, he was crazy and unpredictable, and he has obvious psychological weaknesses.
Sorry for my English, I live in Italy

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6 A Link to the Past

Best 2-D Zelda ever! Best Zelda ever! Love love love it! First Zelda game I ever played and still the best! Ocarina of time is really good too

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!

Probably the longest most time-filling game in the series, I love the large selection of items. (Plus it's not impossible to beat like the original LoZ, no matter how fun it was) - Oreanta

This should be at least in the top 2. Its what kinda big revolution for the zelda franchise

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7 Link's Awakening

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!

Most people will vote for generic choices (Person 1: Ocarina of Time is the greatest game of all time. Person 2: No A Link to The Past is! Person 3: Skyward Sword all the way! Person 4: Majora's Mask for the win! ) But I feel that at the end of the day, they are all forgetting about Link's Awakening. It is a fantastic game and I think that it is severely underrated.

My favorite game of all time besides gyruss. Well at least the best games created for a game system like the gameboy this game is pure. Pure awesomeness!

Zelda meets Twin Peaks, only good. The best game of all time and the best Zelda. It's not the same sense of exploration as LBW and original LOZ has, which is a shame, but it makes up for that in amazing characters, amazing writing, cozy art, great action, pioneering item combination system, and the best dungeon designs and puzzles (both in and out of dungeons) in the entire series.

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8 A Link Between Worlds

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 it great and a prime example of way games now a days are still as good of not better then the classics. Is game is also able to basically use the same formula as like to the past and ocarina of time but still be fun. After the collect the three pendant thing you are free do do anything you want in the game and it's amazing. The only problems I have is that if you want to collect everything in this game you need to first go throw the thrives hideout and the sand temple to get the sand rod and the gauntlets but other then that you can do everything else on the game and after those to dungeons you could go collect every heart piece, buy every Item, go throw every mini dungeon and more. - PokitMonster

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!

This is actually the first Zelda game I have played, and it was a great way to introduce me to the series. The gameplay was top notch with a surprising story. The wall gimmick is fun and interesting too. Yuga is very hateable, and if you like short and easy games but want to know this legendary franchise, try this game out. I promise you won't be disappointed.

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9 The Minish Cap

His hat talks. Enough said. - DwarfishIron

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

The very first I played and it's the best!

The hat is funny enough SAID

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10 The Legend of Zelda (1986)

Started an addiction that last through countless game consoles and countless hours and days and weeks of enjoyment
- nigelthewizard

This was the start of it all. Great gameplay at the time, music was there and the storyline all made this Zelda game complete. - lewieboy124

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.

Once you get into it, you are addicted. Even though I am only 14, it is my #1. After beating Breath of the Wild, this is still my #1, with Breath of the wild in 2nd, and A Link to the Past in 3rd.

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The Contenders

11 Breath of the Wild

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

Well, I played Breath of the Wild, guys. Here's my opinion on it.

Problems:

WEAPONS ARE SO BRITTLE!

A stick is more durable than the swords in this game. You're gonna want to sneak into

Hyrule Castle's armory when you start exploring first.

Enemy placement can be cheap sometimes.

Guardian? Really? Right in the middle of the path to Goron City? Wow.

Bosses are ridiculously easy.

Just shoot their eyes 3 times and they'll fall. Then whale on them a bunch.

Minibosses, however...

I hate Lynels. They are the CHEAPEST enemy in the game.

Good Stuff:

Cooking is fun.

Want max healing? Just cook a heart and some food. So many different things to make.

Elixirs' being added was great.

So you're telling me, I can make a 15 minute Fire Resistance potion rather than buy 3 6

minute ones? Sweet.

Memorable Characters

Lotta memorable characters.

Ganon actually ...more - mattstat716

It looks fantastic, but don't vote for it until it's out! It would be stupid to call it the best of all time and then it isn't! Don't get me wrong, it could be great, and I can't wait to play it, but have a good basis to compare this game on before saying it's the best of all time!

I think that this is the most interesting of the Zelda series, this is the only one I actually got interested in.

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12 Spirit Tracks

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!

I saw this on the BOTTOM (hello! ), and said to myself, "How can this be below Phantom Hourglass? " I had to try and set things straight by voting for Spirit Tracks. First Zelda I ever beat! =)

Spirit Tracks is a super underrated and fun adventure, and definitely doesn't deserve to be compared to phantom hourglass. The story was awesome and original, the dynamic between Zelda and Link was sweet and funny, and the music was beyond amazing!

Good sountrack, Zelda as a playable character, No temple of the ocean king, definitely better than phantom hourglass.

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13 The Wind Waker HD

Wind Waker HD takes Wind Waker (already one of my favorite games) and manages to improve upon it. The most obvious change is the HD graphics. Wind Waker goes from a game with a cool art style to one of the most visually stunning games I've ever played. My favorite addition, though, is the Swift Sail, an upgrade that increases your boat's speed (decreasing the previously-frustrating amount of time you were just in the middle of the ocean) AND eliminates the need to play the Wind's Requiem EVERY TIME you want to change directions.

Okay, obviously everyone is blind from its graphic. It greatly improves the original game.

The Wind Waker HD is indeed the same game as its predecessor (The Wind Waker) though, strangely enough, a more better game. The Wii U has solid controls that improve the game. And it has major plot twist we did not expect along with better graphics as it is labeled HD. ONE OF THE BEST GAMES EVER!

Best game ever

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14 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!

People voted for half those games because they're in 3d but I've played all the Zelda games and personally I think ocarina is the best and seasons and ages is second but then again a lot of people never played Zelda on the gameboy but you're missing out on the best ones

This is definitely the most underrated game in the series.

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15 Ocarina of Time 3D

Whats so bad about this game. Its number 1 just with better graphics and has master quest on it too.

This is the same as number 1 this game has better graphics and master quest this is the true number 1

Just as awesome as Ocarina of Time except it is in 3 flipping D with way better graphics and master quest fused into it. This should obviously be number one.

This is THE best zelda game ever!

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16 Phantom Hourglass

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.

It is the best Toon Link game with Minish Cap close behind

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?

First game I played in the series and is an utter classic. While not the best, the characters are great with the plot being adventurous yet suprisingly very humouros.

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17 Four Swords Adventures

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.

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.

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

This should be number one it is not that popular but it's the best

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18 Hyrule Warriors

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!

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!

The game wasn't a true Zelda but hey Nintendo wanted to try something different

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.

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19 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.

This game is by far my favorite 2D Zelda game. It had a captivating storyline and was a solid release for the GameBoy. I felt it really built well upon the solid release of Links Awakening.

The Oracle series are not my favorite Zelda games but I do think the Oracle games are really underrated and are a great addition to the series due to great puzzle design and story line especially in Ages.

Best puzzles in the series. - marmalade_skies

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20 Twilight Princess HD

Epic... Worth The Wait? It Is Indeed.

It is as good if not better than the original and I totally agree with this list and I love the fact that the underrated TP is Finally shown as what it truly is. The second best Zelda EVER

This is the exact same as #2, but with Hero Mode, less Tears of Light (YAY! ), Miiverse, and improved graphics!

How is this worst than the original at two

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