Worst Zelda Games

Every Zelda game is great in it's own unique way (except for the cdi) but there are just some you don't feel like finishing sometimes.

The Top Ten

1 Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon

This game is by far the worst Zelda game in the series and I'm surprised that this has only about 20% of the votes. Seriously if you hate any other Zelda game then you obviously haven't played this one. Close to one of the WORST GAMES EVER

Nintendo didn't actually make this game. It was made by a crappy company who also brought you Link: The faces of Evil and Hotel Mario. I can't remember the company name because no one on the face of the earth enjoys their games.

Somebody take Wind Waker off! And Gamelon sucks

I'm so hungry I could eat an Octorok

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2 Link: The Faces of Evil

IT SHOULD BE HIGHER! Faces of evil is the worst zelda game. And WHY ARE SKYWARD SWORD AND WIND WAKER EVEN ON THIS LIST?!?! SS being number 7 is one thing but WW being NUMBER 1 IS RIDICULOUS!

The character voices are stupid and awful and the mid-scenes are just ridiculous.
Who cares if "GIRLY" Link can do the duck walk, it just looks stupid and weird.


I hate this game. its one of the worst Zelda games ever.

Mah boi

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3 Zelda's Adventure

I can't believe Zelda's Adventure is top 10! Seriously, this game sucks.

Why is this 11, it should be 1

This isn't even a legit Zelda game

This is by far the least playable of the Zelda CD-I games!

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4 The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Phantom Hourglass, while not a bad Zelda game, feels underwhelming compared to Wind Waker, which is the game that it's a sequel to timeline-wise. Couldn't they have saved a Wind Waker sequel for the Wii? - WindWakerFan

Ocean kings temple too long, enough said

First game in the series I ever played, but gamers these days think Zelda sucks because of their Call of Duty addictions, and lame asses nowadays whine about how hard this game was.

Whoever thought that the temple of the ocean king was a good idea should be slapped.

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5 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

The controls were really awkward in this game, especially with the swordplay since it would swing a certain way for me instead of the intended direction I wanted it to go. The story is a rehash of spirit tracks, (seriously, go through both games and see how the premise of saving Zelda from a servant of an evil being isn't similar at all in these games.), it's one of the most linear Zelda games to date, and rarely any of the content and events feel original. The master sword spreading it's wings is a clear copy and paste of wind waker's versions. The world this game takes place in feels lifeless compared to other 3D Zelda games, where there's only one town filled with people in this game. Almost all the equipment are items from previous games with the only exceptions being the beetle and the harp (an item that's only purpose is to progress to different areas, no fast travel like the ocarina or wind waker, nothing that can actually help you like the previously mentioned items.) Overall, ...more

People are STILL hating on this game? Wow, I thought we were past that. This game is an awesome game, and a lot of people would say it is the best Zelda game.. I think it is the 2nd best Zelda game after Ocarina of Time.

Definitely the worst I ever played. The storyline is too overdramatic for a Zelda game, there's too much crying, has the most crying scenes in the Zelda franchise, the relationship between Link and Zelda seemed ripped straight out of an anime, zelda and groose are a jerk biotch in the beginning of the game, Scrapper is always mean to Link, Fi is always saying obvious things or just being insensitive towards Link. The love story plot was just unnecessary because Zelda is not known for relying on stories or even romance. This is not Zelda and the game would probably be better off as a book, a movie with real people, or a game with completely different characters and not zelda characters. - Pinkarray

I really hate this game!
Controls are sometimes unresponsive
My nunchuck gets disconnected frequently
Beedle (Give him the middle finger for what he’s done to us) so greedy
Grinding for Treasures and Rupees (the game is so picky)
Pumpkin pull is so hard I want to shoot Fledge with a Rocket Launcher
Mine Cart Ride is very impossible because Link always falls off for no reason
Fun Fun Island it is rigged and I hate clowns!
The harp mini game is nearly impossible
Every item is too expensive (this game is basically a cash grab)
The Pouch Mechanic
The shield mechanic
I hate fighting Bokoblins and Lizalfos they are very annoying!
The desert region is boring as hell
Overall I give this game 0/10

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6 Link's Crossbow Training

It costs 4 dollars at eb games


okay game

Forces you to buy the "mystical" Wii Zapper...

Pop this game in your wii and prepare to face INSTANT regret.

can the Wii Zapper itself please be #1 thanks.

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7 The Legend of Zelda 2: Link's Adventure

In my opinion this could have taken out the franchise, and its only the 2nd game!

Decent and way too difficult


Have you seen how terible this is?

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8 The Legend of Zelda: The Four Sword

I have a deep hatred for this game not only was I not able to play by myself, but I couldn't find anyone who had this game. After looking at a walkthrough the game seems incredibly short and is set up as a stage select instead of an adventure requiring you to travel at your own pace. The only thing this game is worth getting for is the Link to the Past game that came with it. Which by the way was my favorite of the franchise.

I haven't played the GameCube version, only the anniversary version that came out on the DSI store back in 2011. It's SO BAD. It took me more than a year to complete the game once (I haven't fully completed the game yet after 6 years) due to the fairies not giving me the keys because I haven't COLLECTED ENOUGH RUPEES (3k rupees is that not enough for you) - ItsDaWorldOfSNuGGLEZ

Four toon links how can that be possible?

I've seen gameplay of this game. it looks okay but deserves this spot.

9 The Legend of Zelda - The Minish Cap

This game is not as good as the others but is underrated - Retroman64

This game is GOOD



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10 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Screw all of you who is saying it's the worst game

Whoever made this list is a flat-out idiot with no sense of a good game or adventure!

Why do you hate this game? Screw you for whoever put this game on this list

I agree this is the worst Zelda game My Reasons: Controls Suck,Bad Graphics,Terrible Story,Hard Minigames,Beedle,Jerkish NPC’s,Not Fun,Incredibly Boring and overrated I will despise anyone who likes this awful game! Whoever put this on this list did the right thing!

It's actually pretty good...
And the controls and graphics are fine. Not all games need an incredibly deep story. - Marxcute19

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The Contenders

11 Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland

I have never heard of this game but after seeing this I will proceed to buy it without any knowledge of what the gameplay is actually like.

This is an awesome game.



12 The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Why so low this game stinks

13 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

This game is amazing and in my opinion one of the best games of all time. also I hate everyone who said that its bad

While I love Ocarina and Twilight Princess, they never really nailed the creepy atmosphere for me. They're just like: Hey! Here's a Dead Hand! Hey! Here's a ghostie! Are you scared yet? Majora however, makes creepy things more meaningful, like the end of the world and the ways of getting the transformation masks. And that moment with Pamela and her father had me in tears. It's a shame people have only heard of this game because of a stupid campfire tale.

I love this game to bits. It has such a cool atmosphere and what is the best thing about this game is the moon. Looking at moon just gives you chills and overall I think it's one of the best zelda games ever.

No one asked for this really. I was fine with Ocarina of Time, but NOPE - the Zelda series HAD to have two N64 games.

Majora's Mask is better. It fixed everything in Ocarina of Time. - Marxcute19

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14 The Legend of Zelda (Original Game On the Nes)

This game is amazing, I don't know how it got on here because it is one of the best Zelda games and anyone who hates it sucks at life.

AMAZING is the only way to describe this game.

This started the whole Zelda franchise, who could ever hate this game? I love it even if I rage at it. - Gehenna

Too hard...

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15 The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

How is spirit tracks worse than phantom hourglass?

The great zelda handheld

This game sucks very bad. really your known as the hero of trains and you don't even have the green clothes Any more!


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16 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Is this a sick joke!? Why is this on the list?

Though it is a bit overrated, ocarina is still a great game!

Get this, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword off of the list. Never played Majora's Mask or Wind Waker, but most people seem to like it, so get them off the list too.

Overrated, yet good. - Marxcute19

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17 Irodzuki Tingle no Koi no Balloon Trip

Is this a zelda game?

It's tingle from the Zelda series..

It's a tingle game

This is the tingle series

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18 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Dark, but...
Not unique. No characters to write home about like in Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker...
The items are extremely bland, and the infamous beyblade item is usable only in its own dungeon. The Dungeons do use some pretty good backtracking..
But the wolf form idea is an okay idea on paper, but to be honest, personally, I had no fun while playing through the wolf sections.

However, one of the coolest moments for me was when I was trekking through a dungeon and came across a empty room with a giant sword in the middle. I walked to it, and suddenly it floated up and swung at me. I proceeded to dodge it wondering what to do until I remembered that Wolf Link can see ghosts- So I change to the wolf form and see a large ghostly figure... Then the boss name came up. "Death Sword".
This was a brilliant use of tension and build up, and to be honest, was really memorable.
HOWEVER, overall, I would only give this game a 68%. Very average. - Kaiserness

This is one of the best Zelda games how did it get here

Is the best one both for the gamecube and wii the wii one is mirrored


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19 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Ocarina of time and link between worlds don't deserve to be here

Are you kidding? This is a great game!

This game is best!

It isn't a bad game, but for me, it destroyed a Link to the Past, now everyone plays lbtw. And believe me, I'm not Egoraptor who is stuck with the classics, I love skyward sword (and oot, and botw, and mm, and wind waker... Tp didn't stand out for me

20 The Legend of Zelda: TriForce Heroes

Best Zelda Game Because They Mastered Multiplayer In Zelda.

I just don't have friends..

That game sucks.

I regret telling my friends before triforce heroes was released that this game would be great. the people I play with online are horrible, I mean welcome to online multiplayer I guess. single player is worse. you have to have switch and carry the creepy looking link doll things. its tedious and boring. the music and graphics are nice but UGH. play it with your friends, its much more fun, but you have to have "two other friends" to play with you. you can't have one other friend and you can't have 3 other friends, just you and two other friends. oh yeah I forgot the story. the story is about this princess who is princess styla who rules this fashion obsessed kingdom known as hytopia, who was tricked into wearing an ugly jumpsuit and there has to be 3 chosen heroes to go murder the witch for giving the ugly jumpsuit to the princess and save hytopia from being cursed. this is like a story a little girl who loves to play with barbie or would make up. the costumes aren't bad they are ...more

21 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Master Quest)

Ocarina of Time is the best Zelda game, and a lot of people can agree. But Master Quest, oh god. The puzzles are insanely stupid. Stalfos everywhere, poking things with your hookshot as a "puzzle", and downright annoying dungeons.

22 The Legend of Zelda: The Ancient Stone Tablets
23 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

I've never played this before because at the time of this post, it hasn't come out yet, but from the trailers, it seems LIT.

Overrated and kinda dumb.

I find this game more worse than the zelda CD-i games titled "the legend of zelda: breath of the wild". this is the cheesiest zelda game of all time...

It’s good, but it’s overrated as heck, doesn’t feel like a Zelda game at all, and it has too many flaws to get the 10/10’s it gets - children

24 The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
25 The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)

Who voted this...? - Kaiserness

26 Hyrule Warriors
27 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
28 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

At least you don't have to use the annoying tingle tuner.

Sad that Windwaker is the highest main series Zelda on the list. Least the remake is last.

Why u always lying

I don't know

29 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

People across the Internet love to hate skyward sword and wind waker, well at the very least they have good dungeons and bosses. The problem I have with link's awakening is most of the dungeons are boring and require very little skill to beat them. But the bosses are even worse they require NO skill at all, the 4th dungeon boss for example all you need to do is mash the sword button till he's dead. And the story is nothing special ether, it's better than your typically beat the bad guy, save the princess type story I'll give it that. Yeah I know it was the first handheld Zelda game but I don't think it's nearly as good as people make it out to be. Overall for a handheld Zelda game I'd stick with the minish cap or a link between world's, they are both much better games...

30 The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
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1. Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
2. Link: The Faces of Evil
3. Zelda's Adventure
1. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
2. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
3. The Legend of Zelda - The Minish Cap
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2. Zelda's Adventure
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