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What is your favorite Zelda? (sorry, only ten options!)

Breath of the Wild 22 32.35%
Ocarina of Time 14 20.59%
A Link to the Past 11 16.18%
Twilight Princess 6 8.82%
Majora's Mask 2 2.94%
Wind Waker 6 8.82%
Link's Awakening 0 0%
Skyward Sword 4 5.88%
Oracle of Ages/Seasons 1 1.47%
Other (see forum post) 2 2.94%

My apologies if this has been done before, and I'm almost certain it's been done at least once here, but what are your favorite Zelda games, from most to least favorite? And if you feel like it, discuss why you love or don't like certain games more than others. Yes, you can talk about the CD-i games if you wish.

My list:

1. Breath of the Wild

2. Twilight Princess

3. A Link to the Past

4. Wind Waker

5. Link's Awakening

6. Skyward Sword

7. A Link Between Worlds

8. Ocarina of Time

9. Oracle of Seasons

10. Majora's Mask

11. Oracle of Ages

12. The Legend of Zelda

13. Minish Cap

14. Spirit Tracks

15. The Adventure of Link

16. Phantom Hourglass

17. Four Swords Adventures

18. Four Swords

19. Triforce Heroes

20. Link's Crossbow Training

21. Zelda's Adventure

22. Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon

23. Link: The Faces of Evil

And... go!

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Of the ones I've played...

1. BOTW (One of the best games I've ever played for reasons I've repeated ad nauseum) 

2. Ocarina of Time (A true epic, the Lord of the Rings of video games)

3. Twilight Princess (A moody and dramatic adventure that brought Zelda back to what made it great)

4. Skyward Sword (A little bit muddled, but great use of motion controls and some of the best dungeons in the series)

5. Link to the Past (Good, but blemished a bit by some awkward limitations like not being able to attack diagonally)

6. Wind Waker (Ugly, boring twaddle)

7. Majora's Mask (The three day gimmick makes it unplayable to me)

Last edited by curl-6 - on 09 October 2019

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Ocarina of Time 3D - 9.4/10
BOTW - 8/10
Majora's Mask 3D - <8/10

Edit: May as well add Majora's Mask 3D so I have more than just two, didn't finish it but it's 3rd/last for me, didn't like the structure.

Last edited by Barkley - on 09 October 2019

1. Breath of the Wild
2. A Link to the Past + Link Between Worlds
3. Ocarina of Time
4. Majora’s Mask
5. Adventure of Link

I am not sure I like the other Zelda games. My least favourite is Twilight Princess or Wind Walter only because they epitomize what I dislike about 3D Zelda: long and convoluted find the needle in the haystack “puzzles” and locking critical path progress behind this BS.

Breath of the Wild and Link to the Past are the only two games I will pick up and play without hesitation.

While I do love Link to the Past, I find it too short to be satisfying to play from start to finish. Link Between Worlds fixes that to some extent, but lacks some of the masterful brushstrokes of the original; particularly the intro is not as impactful. I also find Ocarina of Time more satisfying, but the dungeons are much less fun than Link to the Past. I also don’t like how much slower the game feels.

Breath of the Wild is my #1 by a distant margin. I find the game as fun to play as Link to the Past - despite having a FAR more vast world, I always feel like I am A. Doing something that progresses in a meaningful way, or B. Doing something I want to do - which is major for me because I find that LTTP is a game that had me doing stuff I wanted to do rather than HAVING to do, and it wasn’t until Breath of the Wild that I got this feeling back again and to a VASTLY greater degree. Additionally, there is no Zelda game that I find anywhere near as satisfying to progress in. It adds dimensions and expands significantly on existing ones.

To put it into perspective: Link to the Past is ~10 hours and I feel it is not long enough to spend in such a wonderful world. Ocarina of Time is about ~25 hours and it felt a little too long. Wind Waker ~35 hours and felt much too long. I spent 300+ hours in Breath of the Wild and was ready for even more. It manages to be a significantly bigger game than other 3D Zeldas and doesn’t have that tedious progression feeling that they do - probably because there’s not really anything you’re forced to do; there’s a minimum you have to do, but there is a VAST amount of choice to fill that minimum requirement; and from that point you wan do as much or as little as you wish. That, IMO, is the massive edge Breath of the Wild has on the other Zelda games. It is not merely a 3D Zelda game, but THE game that fulfills what us oldtime fans of the original Zelda game wanted to see in 3D.

To put it another way: Ocarina of Time was amazing for its achievement, but wasn’t what I was hoping for when I imagined a 3D Zelda. Breath of the Wild is that 3D Zelda game I was looking forward to decades ago. The first one that succeeded in the vision. I am expecting better games in the future, but I can hardly imagine a game making such a large impression as Breath of the Wild did. It’s not merely my favourite Zelda game, but my favourite game in existence.

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1/ Majora's Mask
-has flaws but by far my favourite, feels like the most 'special', focus on characters and atmosphere, contrast between childlike eccentricity and looming sadness and doom, that freaking scene on the Moon! Anju and Kafei! the OST!!

2/ Ocarina of Time
-probably the closest to an 'objective' best game ever - in the context of its release (1998) crystallized the best of what were video games at the time and the best of what video games were about to become, most spectacular conversion of an IP from 2d to 3d (along with mario64 and metroid prime--- you madmen at nintendo..)

3/ Breath of the Wild
-everything has been said.. long awaited reboot of the saga and they nailed it for the most part. Dungeons felt a bit too generic, and the climax felt a bit anticlimactic, but anything else was an absolute joy.

4/ Link's Awakening
-favourite 2D zelda, like Majora feels special, strange, intimate

5/ A Link to the Past

6/ Wind Waker
-has many flaws, short on dungeons, but has character/soul, absolutely gorgeous, characters had depth that i'd love to see again (Ganondorf's speech:)

"Do you sleep still?
Wait! Do not be so hasty, boy... I can see this girl's dreams...
Oceans... Oceans... Oceans... Oceans...
Oceans as far as the eye can see. They are vast seas... None can swim across them... They yield no fish to catch...
What did the King of Hyrule say?...
That the gods sealed Hyrule away? And they left behind people who would one day awaken Hyrule? How ridiculous...
So many pathetic creatures, scattered across a handful of islands, drifting on this sea like fallen leaves on a forgotten pool...
What they can possibly hope to achieve?
Don't you see?
All of you... Your gods destroyed you!
My country lay within a vast desert. When the sun rose into the sky, a burning wind punished my lands, searing the world. And when the moon climbed into the dark of night, a frigid gale pierced our homes. No matter when it came, the wind carried the same thing... Death.
But the winds that blew across the green fields of Hyrule brought something other than suffering and ruin.
I coveted that wind, I suppose.
But do not fear, boy. I will not kill you. I merely need that which you hold."

7/ Skyward Sword / Oracles / Legend of Zelda

8/ Minish Cap / Twilight Princess / Adventure of Link

9/ A Link Between Worlds

10/ Phantom Hourglass / Spirit Tracks

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1. Ocarina of Time
2. Majora's Mask
3. Breath of the Wild
4. Skyward Sword
5. The Legend of Zelda
6. A Link to the Past
7. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
8. The Wind Waker
9. Twilight Princess
10. Four Swords Adventures

1. The Minish Cap
2. Spirit Tracks
3. Phantom Hourglass
4. Link's Awakening
5. Oracle of Ages/Seasons
6. A Link Between Worlds

Never played Four Swords or Tri Force Heroes.

My favorite is The Legend of Zelda (NES).  The fact that it isn't even on the poll is insulting.  The first one is actually a favorite of a lot of people, but it is definitely a generational thing.

Here is my list of the one's I've played:

1) The Legend of Zelda

2) Breath of the Wild

3) Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

4) Link to the Past

5) Hyrule Warriors

6) Cadence of Hyrule

7) Twilight Princess

8) All of the Zeldas I haven't played

9) Wind Waker

1) Breath of the Wild
2) The legend of Zelda
3) Adventure of Link
4) A Link to the Past
5) A Link Between Worlds
6) Ocarina of Time

I want to try Link's Awakening

The rest are just meh!

1. Breath of the Wild

2. Twilight Princess

3. The Legend of Zelda

4. Skyward Sword

5. Ocarina of Time

6. Wind Waker

7. A Link Between Worlds

8. Link's Awakening (HD)

9. A Link to the Past

10. Majora's Mask

11. Spirit Tracks

12. Oracle of Seasons

13. The Adventure of Link

14. Minish Cap

15. The Adventure of Link Oracle of Ages

16. Phantom Hourglass

17. Triforce Heroes

18. Four Swords

19. Four Swords Adventures

20. Link's Crossbow Training

... Zelda's Adventure

.... Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon

.... Link: The Faces of Evil


A Link to the Past
Breath of the Wild
Twilight Princess
Link's Awakening DX (GBC)
Minish Cap
Four Swords Adventures

I've also played the water dungeon of Ocarina of Time, but I can't put that game in a ranking.