The greatest series from Nintendo not including the Italian guy with the mustache. Zelda has been synonymous with adventure for gamers. It's a series that has never shied away from reinventing itself or expanding the boundaries of what video games could accomplish. This is our list of the best from the Zelda franchise.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
An incredible achievement in gaming, Breath of the Wild became the must-own game for the Nintendo Switch and the best game of 2017. Whereas previously Zelda games would contain you in certain areas, Breath of the Wild shows a limitless space of wonder and amazement that has already garnered a massive following.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
It's very impressive that in 2013, Nintendo decided to do a sequel to Link to the Past, one of the most beloved games in the series. The ability to rent items significantly changes the adventure and carves out this game as the best in the 2D series.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The absolute best game for the Super Nintendo system (which on its own right was an amazing console), Link to the Past immersed the gamer in a dense fulfilling world with astounding design and an awesome hack-n-slash gameplay that continues to hold up.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
One of the weirdest Zeldas in the canon as Link finds himself stuck in danger of getting crushed by a devil moon in Clock Town. This game is full of wonderfully fantastic riddles and the timer makes it one of the most strange but terrific adventures in the series.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
A great example of how you can make an awesome game without a huge map, Link's Awakening piles on the secrets and puzzles with Koholint Island — an island that, funny enough, doesn't take much time to walk from one end to the other. The story and challenges of this game still makes it worth playing even today and it has wonderful crossovers with the Mario games.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The 3D gameplay and camera control makes this Zelda one of the most monumental achievements in video games. A must-own for the N64. Just avoid the infamous Water Temple if you can.
The Legend of Zelda
A masterpiece in a gold cartridge, The Legend of Zelda became the greatest fantasy adventure game on the NES system, introducing gamers to the epic battle between Link and Gannon. The game created a genre for Nintendo and built one of their strongest franchises.
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Nintendo took the beloved classic and turned it on its head, creating large maps, character leveling and experience points in an RPG style that is both fun and challenging. It's an excellent sequel to the classic and showed that Nintendo was willing to take risks even with its most popular brands.
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
A fun adventure that starts with Link getting a cap that shrinks him down to the size of an ant. Therein is a large journey of small proportions full of fun ideas.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Even though this game has a few longwinded scenes (especially the intro), the awesome dungeons and items that you can collect make up for it in a great way. Also you get to transform into a wolf — which, come on, is pretty damn fun.