So as we all know, yesterday we had the first Nintendo Direct since the cretacious period, and it brought with it announcements of all kinds, like games where you manage farms, games where you manage planting, and even games where you manage the relationships of farmers. While these announcements truly stole the show, the thing that's on everyone's minds is the name reveal of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, because despite the game itself being mostly irrelevant to the larger industry, it's the kind of name that gets everyone wondering: "Why don't they hire me instead?". It was particularly bad because it came in a Direct filled with incredible names all around, from the likes of Harvestella all the way to Ib - these are truly not the kinds of names we see in our various daylife.
Thus, I come here to present the discussion: out of all The Legend of Zelda games, which ones have the best titles? Personally I'll only be including the names of the games that are officially recognized in the canon timeline, meaning there's 20 to choose from, here are my thoughts...
5th best: Phantom Hourglass
I don't know why a phantom hourglass sounds cool, but it does. Unfortunately it's the worst thing about the game, but this here is about names, which are the most important thing anyway.
5th worst: Oracle of Seasons
I might be willing to forgive Oracle of Ages, but this? Man that's a pretty lame oracle to be. What are you even doing? Everyone knows how long seasons are and when each one starts, literally all of humanity has successfully adapted to their existence. That doesn't make you special, oracle of seasons, whoever you are.
4th best: Ocarina of Time
A classic that sounds totally epic, as probably anything "of time" would, because an ocarina is the last thing you'd think of putting in that phrase. It's pretty dumb, honestly, but it just works. This one also kicked off the trend of naming Zelda games after in-game objects, which had mixed results over the years.
4th worst: Tears of the Kingdom
Sounds very derivative of its predecessor even though it's a totally different name, and honestly the biggest thing that's wrong with this one is, it just doesn't have a nice ring to it. It sounds horrible, to put it more accurately. And never mind the acronym, TotK, holy hell that looks ugly. I think we can all agree it could and should've been a much better name, but hey, at least it's not whatever Flilix was calling it last year, let's not remember that.
3rd best: The Legend of Zelda
The original should arguably be considered the best by default, since its name is included in nearly every other game in the franchise, but I'm keeping it at 3rd because there are even better names than it. Still, this was a fantastic one. Sounds epic and awesome, perfectly sets up what Zelda is about and even made people get the protagonist's name wrong for decades. What more could you ask for?
3rd worst: The Adventure of Link
This is the stupidest name for a second entry in a series, because, well. The first game was already Link's adventure. Guess they wanted to go out of their way to make people realize the character isn't called Zelda, but even then, it didn't work, so.
2nd best: Breath of the Wild
It just sounds beautiful, really. Great ring to it, perfectly sells what the game is about without needing to say anything about what explicitly the game is about. Haters would say it should've been called The Legend of Zelda: Sheikah Slate.
2nd worst: Four Swords Adventures
I could live with Four Swords, but this takes it too far. And on top of it sounding dumb, like, those "adventures" sound very unexciting, it also winds up being a confusing name as it doesn't really sell that it's a different game from Four Swords.
The best: Majora's Mask
I don't know what the hell a Majora is supposed to be, but it sounds scary and has a nice ring to it, so it's a great name.
The worst: Tri Force Heroes
This name separates into two words what should only be one, and in doing so commits a great sin. To mis-spell the Triforce is a great heresy, such is its importance as the symbol of the Zelda series. Thus, this name will forever tarnish the franchise's reputation, which is truly a shame because the game is otherwise an incredible entry in the series, arguably its very best.
Though my reasoning for every ranking here is completely unbiased and flawless, there is no reason to consider this the end of the discussion - in fact, I am very much open to discussing other people's takes, because at the end of the day, even if your opinion is wrong, it's still an opinion about Zelda game names, which are very important.