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Topic   Rank the Zelda games

Scott
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20-Jul(#1)
It's been a while since we've done this, let's rank all of the Zelda games! I recently completed something I had wanted to do for a long time: re-play all of the 2D Zelda games, in order. I started once several years back but only made it about halfway, through the Oracle games. By the time I was finally ready to get back to it, it had been so long that I decided to take it from the top again lol That was around 2017 or 2018. Anyway, I finally finished it, and thought this would be a good time to review my last ranking and see if anything changed.

1) Link's Awakening
2) A Link to the Past
3) A Link Between Worlds
4) Breath of the Wild
5) Oracle of Seasons
6) Oracle of Ages
7) The MInish Cap
8) The Legend of Zelda (original)
9) Twilight Princess
10) Ocarina of Time
11) Phantom Hourglass
12) Spirit Tracks
13) Tri-Force Heroes
14) Skyward Sword
15) The Wind Waker
16) Majora's Mask
17) Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
18) Four Swords
19) Four Swords Adventures

My top 3 is pretty solid. All 3 are really close, I had a lot of trouble ranking them. Each has it's pros and cons compared to the other 2. Ultimately, I went with Link's Awakening due to the huge amount of nostalgia I have for it, but I could see either of the other two being my #1 on certain days lol.

Other than finally being very sure of my top 3, the other major change since the last time I did this is moving PH and ST up a few slots. Until recently, I had only played each of them a little bit but didn't finish them for whatever reason. After replaying them recently, I realized they're actually pretty good, despite the touch-only controls.

As I mentioned in the Switch thread, I'm really wanting to re-play all of the 3D Zelda games soon. Some of them I've only played once, or haven't played in forever, so I'm sure my rankings are going to change a bit.

Let me see your rankings!!
Boss
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20-Jul(#2)
Ocarina of Time at 10?!
Scott
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20-Jul(#3)
Boss wrote:
> Ocarina of Time at 10?!

It used to be higher, but over time it keeps dropping. The last 2 or 3 times I tried to play it, I got bored with it and couldn't even finish. If I were ranking them based on how good they were for their time, it would be a very different list and OoT would be much higher.
BloodPuppetX
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20-Jul(#4)
1. Breath of the Wild
2. Majora's Mask
3. Link's Awakening (this one has moved up since I last ranked them in the Zelda forum. I'm mainly thinking about the Switch remake here.)
4. Ocarina of Time
5. Wind Waker
6. Link to the Past
7. Link Between Worlds
8. Minish Cap
9. Twilight Princess
10. Zelda II
11. Oracle of Ages & Seasons
13. Zelda 1
14. Phantom Hourglass
15. Skyward Sword
16. Spirit Tracks
17. Tri Force Heroes
18. Cadence of Hyrule
19. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
20. Four Swords Adventures
21. Four Swords
22. Hyrule Warriors: DE
23. Crossbow Training

Included the spinoff games I've played just because. (Excluding Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, since Link wasn't playable in that.)
BloodPuppetX
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* 20-Jul(#5)
Damn, this is hard for a longtime fan. Looks like you liked BotW more than I thought you did, @Scott. Surprised you put it ahead of the Oracle games, specifically.
Scott
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20-Jul(#6)
@BloodPuppetX Nice list! Pretty similar to mine overall, except for MM being so much higher and a couple of the 2D games being somewhat lower.

I'm surprised you didn't know I liked BotW so much! I feel like I've always talked very favorably about it. I know I point out ways it could be better often, but it was still amazing despite it's shortcomings. I already have nostalgia for it and it's not even that old!
BloodPuppetX
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20-Jul(#7)
I think most of us agree that BotW can be improved upon. Everyone wants the traditional dungeons (and bosses) to come back. That's the main thing, and maybe don't make it rain so much lol.
Scott
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20-Jul(#8)
Also, they either need to fill the overworld in more, or make it a bit smaller. A bigger variety of enemies would go a long way, plus different bosses.
kevolones
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20-Jul(#9)
1) A Link to the Past
2) Ocarina of Time
3) All the others
mcorrado
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* 20-Jul(#10)
Of the ones I played:

1. Link to the past - I think if you handed me this game on any given day, I could play it. It's It's not too long, which as I get older gets bonus points
2. BOTW - beaten it 3 times and it's never been boring. It's long though, and some things like armor upgrades seem tedious at times.
3. Twilight princess- I find this a vast improvement over OOT in pretty much every way and think it has the best modern dungeons of the ones I played.
4. Links Awakening (switch) - some new things I never experienced in a zelda and I liked them.
5. Zelda (NES) - not much to say on this one.
Zelda II (NES) - could be a lot higher if the last level was different. I love the direction this game went, but I've never beaten this game without a guide for the last temple, and can't fathom without memorization even trying to do so.
6. OOT - I've probably started this game more than any other zelda game, but beat it twice. It gets so boring so quickly.
7. MM - beat it once with a guide and only finished to say I did. Poor gimmick and didn't care for it. Not sure I'd ever try it again honestly.

Never beat the others so I'm not ranking them. Have tried a few others though.
BloodPuppetX
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* 20-Jul(#11)
Always find it interesting how people struggle to finish Zelda II. I beat it multiple times before I was a teenager. The only thing I had any outside "help" with was the Shadow Link boss. My brother told me about the kneeling in the corner trick. I later beat him without using that. (I found another trick where you could jump and then swing your sword at the right moment and it would always connect.) Not judging btw. I have a more difficult time beating Zelda 2 as an adult than I did when I was a kid. Same with Ninja Gaiden- just had more patience back then.

OoT is definitely one of the more boring on a second play through. Most of them I rank based on how I felt about it the first time I played them, so I always rank OoT highly. It was amazing the first time.
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20-Jul(#12)
kevolones wrote:
> 1) A Link to the Past
> 2) Ocarina of Time
> 3) All the others

This right here ^
Gypsy
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20-Jul(#13)
Nice to see more OoT truthers out there lol. Game is just not that good. I did love it as a kid but that is true of quite a few games.
Scott
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20-Jul(#14)
BloodPuppetX wrote:
> Always find it interesting how people struggle to finish Zelda II. I beat it multiple
> times before I was a teenager. The only thing I had any outside "help" with was the
> Shadow Link boss. My brother told me about the kneeling in the corner trick. I later
> beat him without using that. (I found another trick where you could jump and then
> swing your sword at the right moment and it would always connect.) Not judging btw.
> I have a more difficult time beating Zelda 2 as an adult than I did when I was a
> kid. Same with Ninja Gaiden- just had more patience back then.

I still think it's a challenging game, but yeah, it's not THAT hard. I beat it for the first time when I was 7, and I didn't even know about the Dark Link trick yet. I actually didn't even know about Dark Link at all. I thought the boss before him was the final boss, and was shocked after beating it to discover that wasn't the end. Despite being surprised and having no idea what the fight was like, I still somehow managed to beat him on my first try.

When I replayed it a couple years back I really didn't have that much trouble with it. Even sections I remembered being extremely difficult, like all of the lava caves leading up to Ganon's castle, weren't that bad.

> OoT is definitely one of the more boring on a second play through. Most of them I
> rank based on how I felt about it the first time I played them, so I always rank
> OoT highly. It was amazing the first time.

I think I'll do another list where I rank them based on how good they were for their time/how I felt about them the first time I played them.
BloodPuppetX
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Yeah, like I said, that's how I rank most of them. But if I really thought about how much I enjoyed them all the first time, Zelda II would certainly be higher than Minish Cap. I'd say my top 10 would be like this, if I was judging them all by how much I was into them first time around:

1. LA (So damn fun playing this on the GB, especially thanks to the warp glitch. I just remember this having such a magical feeling that first time, and almost certainly the one I have the most nostalgia for. This was actually my sister's game, which she got with her GB. She gave both to me because I was always playing it lol. What's funny is that I moved this up based on the Switch version. But I played the heck out of the original.)
2. OoT (Again, it was really amazing the first time. And I disagree with anyone trying to say it's bad now. Just hasn't aged too well, but overall very memorable.)
3. LTTP (Really cool discovering all this game's secrets. I remember being floored when I threw the sword in that one fairy fountain and got a golden sword in return.)
4. MM (Rented this the first time, so my main reason for liking it so much at first was because I didn't nearly do everything before beating it. So I was really excited to revisit it a few years later.)
5. BotW (This was awesome the first time, but I had played many open world games by that point. So it really had no chance of actually blowing me away or anything. Still, if I had to choose only one Zelda that I could play again, this would be the one.)
6. Zelda II (Beat it several times as a kid. This was the game that got me into the series and RPGs as well. Even now, I'm probably ranking it too low. It changed how I felt about games in general- just being able to explore and visit towns and stuff. That's why it's always been my favorite NES game.)
7. WW (Really enjoyed sailing the ocean in this game. I always liked sailing in games, and that music while you were doing it was so great.)
8. MC
9. Oracle games (Hard to tell which I really enjoyed more between MC and the Oracles, but definitely remember liking Minish Cap a lot in 2005. The best thing about the Oracle games was it gave me 2 new Zelda games to play, one after the other. They've never been near the top of my list, though.)

I'm comfortable not putting the original game in my top 10, even using the "first time experience" criteria. I only rented it a few times when I was a kid, so could never really truly get into it.

Again, this is judging them all based on how I felt the first time. It might sound confusing, but most folks should understand what I mean if you think about all those NES games you liked as a kid, but don't find them as fun now. I loved Double Dragon when I was a kid, for instance, but can't play it now. The great thing about the Zelda series is that I can still enjoy them all, even if a game doesn't recapture that original magic.
mcorrado
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20-Jul(#16)
BloodPuppetX wrote:
> Always find it interesting how people struggle to finish Zelda II. I beat it multiple
> times before I was a teenager. The only thing I had any outside "help" with was the
> Shadow Link boss. My brother told me about the kneeling in the corner trick. I later
> beat him without using that. (I found another trick where you could jump and then
> swing your sword at the right moment and it would always connect.) Not judging btw.
> I have a more difficult time beating Zelda 2 as an adult than I did when I was a
> kid. Same with Ninja Gaiden- just had more patience back then.
>
> OoT is definitely one of the more boring on a second play through. Most of them I
> rank based on how I felt about it the first time I played them, so I always rank
> OoT highly. It was amazing the first time.

I just find getting to the boss section to be challenging more so because I don't remember where to go and I could swear it's something odd like left, left, right, fall down a hidden path, right, fairy up, left, right, right.
Best1989
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20-Jul(#17)
Happy about all the Link's Awakening love being shown here, fav Zelda game ever.

And yeah, OoT is a bit overrated. I like MM and TP more.

I don't dare to make this list without having played BotW yet.
bonham2
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20-Jul(#18)
This is tough for me. I agree with you guys about first time vs multiple playthroughs. If we're ranking best game, it's hard to argue against BotW. If we're ranking most times I've played it from beginning to end, LttP would be my #1. But Ocarina of Time will always be #1 for me. It is my all-time favorite video game and always will be. If it wasn't for OoT, I might not still be playing Nintendo games. When the N64 came out, I was too cool for video games. I thought Mario 64 was dumb. I only bought an N64 to play Zelda, and I did nothing but play that game for 2+ weeks during my winter break that year.

Let's see if I can do this:

19. Four Swords
18. Four Swords Adventure
17. Tri-Force Heroes
16. Spirit Train
15. Phantom Hourglass
14/13 Oracle of Seasons/Ages
12. Majora's Mask
11. Skyward Sword
10. Links Awakening
9. Legend of Zelda
8. Minish Cap
7. A Link Between Worlds
6. Zelda 2
5. Wind Waker
4. Twilight Princess
3. Link to the Past
2. Breath of the Wild
1. Ocarina of Time

This list probably changes from time to time. I think my top 7 is pretty solid for me, although 4 & 5 may swap from day to day. My top 3 are definitely solid and so are my bottom 5 (I don't like multiplayer Zelda or stylus control). I think my current Skyward Sword game made it drop to its current level. I'm really not enjoying it very much.


whitefire
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20-Jul(#19)
1.) Breath of the Wild
2.) Ocarina of Time
3.) Skyward Sword

PizzaTheHutt
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20-Jul(#20)
I don't know if I could fairly rank the entire series, because I'm pretty much just a casual fan of the franchise and there are several I haven't played yet, and there are ones I played as a kid like the NES, GB and SNES games but never finished them or remember how far I even got in them.

Then there are a few like Twilight Princess, Phantom Hourglass, Tri-Force Heroes and Skyward Sword where I put a decent amount of time into them but got distracted by other games and just never returned to them, and then others like A Link Between Worlds, Hyrule Warriors Legends and Majora's Mask where I simply got bored of them long before I could finish them.


I'll try ranking the ones I've actually completed, but it'll be a short list
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Kommie
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20-Jul(#21)
Gameboy Zelda
SNES Zelda
Not that stupid mask N64 Zelda Game

Not really sure how to rank them, these are the only ones I've beat.
KCPenguins
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20-Jul(#22)
1. BotW
2. LttP
3. LA
4. LBW
5. OoT
6. WW
7. MC
8. TP
9. SS
10. LoZ (1)
11. Oracle
12. PH
13. MM
14. ST
15. AoL (2)

I've beaten all of them but MM and ST, I just couldn't get into those. Bottom 2 are interchangeable. MM is third last. The only ones I beat more than once 4-12 is OoT and LoZ. I feel pretty solid on 1-10, but there could be some shuffling. It's tough because I've forgotten most of some of these, like Oracle and PH.
aaandrewww
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20-Jul(#23)
1. Breath of the Wild
2. Link to the Past
3. Link's Awakening (Switch most recently)
4. Minish Cap
5. Ocarina of Time
6. Oracle games
7. Wind Waker
8. Legend of Zelda
9. Skyward Sword

I started Twilight Princess, but got frustrated with the motion controls. I haven't played any of the DS games all the way through or even started Majora's Mask for some reason. I have negative nostalgia for Zelda II since I loved the first game so much back then and wanted more of the same.
Boss
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21-Jul(#24)
I'll rank my favs:

1) Ocarina of Time (GC Master Quest)
2) Link's Awakening (DX)
3) A Link to the Past
4) Majora's Mask (N64)
5) The Wind Waker (Wii U)
6) The Minish Cap
7) A Link Between Worlds
8) Breath of the Wild (Switch)
9) Oracle of Seasons
10) Oracle of Ages
11) Twilight Princess (Gamecube)
12) The Legend of Zelda (NES)
13) Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
14) Phantom Hourglass
15) Spirit Tracks
16) Skyward Sword (Wii)

I have the Remake of Link's Awakening on Switch in my backlog to still play. And being added recently Skyward Sword (I did not finish Skyward Sword on Wii).

Breath of the Wild was interesting, to me it was a bit to big and open worldly -- which made me feel it lost some of the charm of visiting villages/towns as I had to travel far (even horses) to get to the next one.
Boss
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21-Jul(#25)
BloodPuppetX wrote:
> Yeah, like I said, that's how I rank most of them. But if I really thought about
> how much I enjoyed them all the first time, Zelda II would certainly be higher than
> Minish Cap. I'd say my top 10 would be like this, if I was judging them all by how
> much I was into them first time around:
>
> 1. LA (So damn fun playing this on the GB, especially thanks to the warp glitch.
> I just remember this having such a magical feeling that first time, and almost certainly
> the one I have the most nostalgia for. This was actually my sister's game, which
> she got with her GB. She gave both to me because I was always playing it lol. What's
> funny is that I moved this up based on the Switch version. But I played the heck
> out of the original.)
> 2. OoT (Again, it was really amazing the first time. And I disagree with anyone trying
> to say it's bad now. Just hasn't aged too well, but overall very memorable.)
> 3. LTTP (Really cool discovering all this game's secrets. I remember being floored
> when I threw the sword in that one fairy fountain and got a golden sword in return.)
> 4. MM (Rented this the first time, so my main reason for liking it so much at first
> was because I didn't nearly do everything before beating it. So I was really excited
> to revisit it a few years later.)
> 5. BotW (This was awesome the first time, but I had played many open world games
> by that point. So it really had no chance of actually blowing me away or anything.
> Still, if I had to choose only one Zelda that I could play again, this would be the
> one.)
> 6. Zelda II (Beat it several times as a kid. This was the game that got me into the
> series and RPGs as well. Even now, I'm probably ranking it too low. It changed how
> I felt about games in general- just being able to explore and visit towns and stuff.
> That's why it's always been my favorite NES game.)
> 7. WW (Really enjoyed sailing the ocean in this game. I always liked sailing in games,
> and that music while you were doing it was so great.)
> 8. MC
> 9. Oracle games (Hard to tell which I really enjoyed more between MC and the Oracles,
> but definitely remember liking Minish Cap a lot in 2005. The best thing about the
> Oracle games was it gave me 2 new Zelda games to play, one after the other. They've
> never been near the top of my list, though.)
>
> I'm comfortable not putting the original game in my top 10, even using the "first
> time experience" criteria. I only rented it a few times when I was a kid, so could
> never really truly get into it.
>
> Again, this is judging them all based on how I felt the first time. It might sound
> confusing, but most folks should understand what I mean if you think about all those
> NES games you liked as a kid, but don't find them as fun now. I loved Double Dragon
> when I was a kid, for instance, but can't play it now. The great thing about the
> Zelda series is that I can still enjoy them all, even if a game doesn't recapture
> that original magic.

The first time I played Link's Awakening DX (was around the time it came out) I really felt the ending. Was emotional.
Best1989
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21-Jul(#26)
The Ballad of the Wind Fish always gets me.
kevolones
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21-Jul(#27)
Tbh, most TLOZ games are 10 out of 10 for me. Even if I have my nitpicks about BOTW and its my least favorite Zelda game (I havent beat it yet), I still think its a 10/10 game.

I havent played the Switch or the 3DS games but Im sure theyre 10s too.
Cevil
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21-Jul(#28)
Going to pass on a definitive list for now because I need to play more of the Zelda games. I have the fondest memories of OOT, Majora's Mask, Wind Waker, and the Oracles games. But I'm not sure how they would hold up today. And I still need to play the DS games eventually, twilight princess, skyward sword, and the minish cap.
Shane12m
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21-Jul(#29)
Scott wrote:
> It's been a while since we've done this, let's rank all of the Zelda games! I recently
> completed something I had wanted to do for a long time: re-play all of the 2D Zelda
> games, in order. I started once several years back but only made it about halfway,
> through the Oracle games. By the time I was finally ready to get back to it, it had
> been so long that I decided to take it from the top again lol That was around 2017
> or 2018. Anyway, I finally finished it, and thought this would be a good time to
> review my last ranking and see if anything changed.
>
> 1) Link's Awakening
> 2) A Link to the Past
> 3) A Link Between Worlds
> 4) Breath of the Wild
> 5) Oracle of Seasons
> 6) Oracle of Ages
> 7) The MInish Cap
> 8) The Legend of Zelda (original)
> 9) Twilight Princess
> 10) Ocarina of Time
> 11) Phantom Hourglass
> 12) Spirit Tracks
> 13) Tri-Force Heroes
> 14) Skyward Sword
> 15) The Wind Waker
> 16) Majora's Mask
> 17) Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
> 18) Four Swords
> 19) Four Swords Adventures
>
> My top 3 is pretty solid. All 3 are really close, I had a lot of trouble ranking
> them. Each has it's pros and cons compared to the other 2. Ultimately, I went with
> Link's Awakening due to the huge amount of nostalgia I have for it, but I could see
> either of the other two being my #1 on certain days lol.
>
> Other than finally being very sure of my top 3, the other major change since the
> last time I did this is moving PH and ST up a few slots. Until recently, I had only
> played each of them a little bit but didn't finish them for whatever reason. After
> replaying them recently, I realized they're actually pretty good, despite the touch-only
> controls.
>
> As I mentioned in the Switch thread, I'm really wanting to re-play all of the 3D
> Zelda games soon. Some of them I've only played once, or haven't played in forever,
> so I'm sure my rankings are going to change a bit.
>
> Let me see your rankings!!

Would you say the switch version of links awakening is the version to play now or would you recommend the original?
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* 22-Jul(#30)
Skyward Sword could change, I'm still playing through it.

1. Wind Waker
2. Minish Cap
3. Breath of the Wild
4. Link to the Past
5. Ocarina of Time
6. Skyward Sword
7. The Legend of Zelda
8. Majora's Mask
9. The Adventure of Link

And I guess here's a ranking of the Zelda games I've never played, on a scale of "interested" to "not interested" (though tbh I have no interest in 5-9 regardless).

1. Twilight Princess
2. Link Between Worlds
3. Oracle of Ages/Seasons
4. Link's Awakening
5. Phantom Hourglass
6. Tri Force Heroes
7. Four Swords
8. Four Swords Adventures
9. Spirit Tracks

bonham2
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22-Jul(#31)
For those of you ranking OoT so low, did you play it years after release or are you being your rating off of 2021 standards? Also, which version are you being this off of? I'm genuinely curious. Obviously, these ratings are subjective, so to each their own. I'm just surprised to see so many people have it far down their list.

If we're talking about the best technical game, anyone putting BotW anywhere but #1 is lying, but when I rank Zelda games, I'm taking a bit of nostalgia and a lot of replayability into account. I played BotW from beginning to end twice. Wind Waker, Majora's Mask, and Twilight Princess are the same. I'm playing Skyward Sword for the 2nd time right now.

I have played Ocarina of Time from beginning to end 20+ times. That is more than any game made after 1995. I never get bored. I absolutely love it. The 3DS game improves on it in every way. That is now the best way to play it. I really wish they would somehow port that game to the Switch. I want to play it on my tv again.
BloodPuppetX
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22-Jul(#32)
I imagine they are basing it on their feelings now. Gypsy and Scott both seem to agree that it was great when they first played it. To be fair, it was the fifth game in the series. So plenty of games have come after it, and maybe some folks just prefer those later games.

On both lists I made, OoT is ranked highly mainly because of how much I liked it in 1999. I could never really get into it again when I tried to play in recent years.
BloodPuppetX
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* 22-Jul(#33)
@Shane12m, definitely the remake of LA if you've never played it. Quality of life features and a lot of new collectibles not in the original.
benstylus
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22-Jul(#34)
From favorite to least (favorite at the top)

Breath of the Wild
Four Swords Adventures
Legend of Zelda
Phantom Hourglass
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Hyrule Warriors
Twilight Princess
Link's Awakening
Spirit Tracks
Skyward Sword
Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity
The Wind Waker
Link to the Past
A Link Between Worlds
Ocarina of Time
MInish Cap
Four Swords Anniversary
Zelda Picross
Oracle of Seasons / Ages
Tingle's Balloon Fight
Majora's Mask
Legend of Zelda Game & Watch
A fresh turd in the shape of the triforce
The Zelda CDI games
Cutting off my own head with a Master Sword replica
Donald Trump trying to get frisky with me while he is cosplaying as Tingle
Tri-Force Heroes
picklenickel
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22-Jul(#35)
Played the Oracle games so dang much as a kid. I really wish we could see a Link's Awakening treatment of those suckers.
mcorrado
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22-Jul(#36)
bonham2 wrote:
> For those of you ranking OoT so low, did you play it years after release or are you
> being your rating off of 2021 standards? Also, which version are you being this off
> of? I'm genuinely curious. Obviously, these ratings are subjective, so to each their
> own. I'm just surprised to see so many people have it far down their list.
>
> If we're talking about the best technical game, anyone putting BotW anywhere but
> #1 is lying, but when I rank Zelda games, I'm taking a bit of nostalgia and a lot
> of replayability into account. I played BotW from beginning to end twice. Wind Waker,
> Majora's Mask, and Twilight Princess are the same. I'm playing Skyward Sword for
> the 2nd time right now.
>
> I have played Ocarina of Time from beginning to end 20+ times. That is more than
> any game made after 1995. I never get bored. I absolutely love it. The 3DS game improves
> on it in every way. That is now the best way to play it. I really wish they would
> somehow port that game to the Switch. I want to play it on my tv again.

OOT was great when I first played it, but I have zero interest in playing it today. I find TP to be a better "classic zelda" experience.
Feeb
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22-Jul(#37)
A link to the past
Ocarina of time

Everything else.
Boss
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22-Jul(#38)
Feeb wrote:
> A link to the past
> Ocarina of time
>
> Everything else.


Based on this. Play Minish Cap
theJaw
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22-Jul(#39)
Tbh based on playing good games, play Minish Cap
Scott
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22-Jul(#40)
Shane12m wrote:
> Would you say the switch version of links awakening is the version to play now or
> would you recommend the original?

That's really hard to say. The updated graphics were really nice, but the main thing I appreciated about the remake was the improved item management. The only real complaint I have about the original is how you constantly have to access your menu to swap items. The Switch version mapped two of the items to L and R, and then you still had 4 buttons to map other items too, SO MUCH BETTER! It's been almost 2 years since I played it but I feel like there were a couple other small improvements too. However, I have such a huge amount of nostalgia for the original, it's hard for me to let that one go completely. I still love the old sprite-based graphics. Also, the remake kinda updated the soundtrack some, and I prefer the original. I'd say if you don't have nostalgia for the original (or never played it at all), then definitely go with the remake. But, if you do have nostalgia for the original, the remake is definitely worth playing, and then you can decide for yourself smile
Scott
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22-Jul(#41)
theJaw wrote:
> Skyward Sword could change, I'm still playing through it.
>
> 1. Wind Waker
> 2. Minish Cap
> 3. Breath of the Wild
> 4. Link to the Past
> 5. Ocarina of Time
> 6. Skyward Sword
> 7. The Legend of Zelda
> 8. Majora's Mask
> 9. The Adventure of Link
>
> And I guess here's a ranking of the Zelda games I've never played, on a scale of
> "interested" to "not interested" (though tbh I have no interest in 5-9 regardless).
>
>
> 1. Twilight Princess
> 2. Link Between Worlds
> 3. Oracle of Ages/Seasons
> 4. Link's Awakening
> 5. Phantom Hourglass
> 6. Tri Force Heroes
> 7. Four Swords
> 8. Four Swords Adventures
> 9. Spirit Tracks

You rated ALttP pretty high, you should definitely check out ALBW. I imagine it's nearly impossible to like ALttP and not like ALBW.
Feeb
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22-Jul(#42)
I played through minish cap at launch. It was fine but honestly not very memorable for me.
Scott
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22-Jul(#43)
bonham2 wrote:
> For those of you ranking OoT so low, did you play it years after release or are you
> being your rating off of 2021 standards? Also, which version are you being this off
> of? I'm genuinely curious. Obviously, these ratings are subjective, so to each their
> own. I'm just surprised to see so many people have it far down their list.
>
> If we're talking about the best technical game, anyone putting BotW anywhere but
> #1 is lying, but when I rank Zelda games, I'm taking a bit of nostalgia and a lot
> of replayability into account. I played BotW from beginning to end twice. Wind Waker,
> Majora's Mask, and Twilight Princess are the same. I'm playing Skyward Sword for
> the 2nd time right now.
>
> I have played Ocarina of Time from beginning to end 20+ times. That is more than
> any game made after 1995. I never get bored. I absolutely love it. The 3DS game improves
> on it in every way. That is now the best way to play it. I really wish they would
> somehow port that game to the Switch. I want to play it on my tv again.

I got OoT on release day. Played all the way through it at least 5 or 6 times growing up, 100% every time. It was easily in my top 3 Zelda games for the longest time, and one of my favorite games of all time. Then I went a long time without playing it. It was probably around 2014 or so when I first tried to go back to it. There was definitely a lot I still liked about it, and it tugged at the nostalgia strings. But, I quickly grew tired of running back and forth across the very empty Hyrule field. It just felt like I was constantly backtracking back and forth through mostly empty, boring areas. To be fair, I was going for 100%, so that's a large part of it. Next time I play, I'm just going to focus on the main storyline and not prioritize collecting, that should help a lot. The other thing I didn't like was how basic/boring the combat was.

I still like the game, I just find that most of the 2D Zelda games hold up much better now. I always tend to do rankings like this based on how good I think the games are NOW. If I were doing it based on how good they were when they came out, it would be quite different. I'll probably make that list later today.
BloodPuppetX
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22-Jul(#44)
@benstylus, interesting list. Just wondering, did you play Tri Force Heroes in single player only to dislike it that much?
Scott
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22-Jul(#45)
BloodPuppetX wrote:
> @benstylus, interesting list. Just wondering, did you play Tri Force Heroes in single
> player only to dislike it that much?

Yeah, TFH sucks if you're playing single player, or with randoms online. But with 2 people you know, I think it's a ton of fun.
BloodPuppetX
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22-Jul(#46)
Scott wrote:
> I still like the game, I just find that most of the 2D Zelda games hold up much better
> now. I always tend to do rankings like this based on how good I think the games are
> NOW. If I were doing it based on how good they were when they came out, it would
> be quite different. I'll probably make that list later today.

Yeah, that's why my second list looks quite different. I felt that Link's Awakening was the most enjoyable for a first time experience, mostly due to being young and it capturing my imagination more as a result.
Feeb
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22-Jul(#47)
Aside from SM64 no game has ever floored me like OoT did in 1998- literally revolutionized gaming.
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* 22-Jul(#48)
BloodPuppetX wrote:
> @benstylus, interesting list. Just wondering, did you play Tri Force Heroes in single
> player only to dislike it that much?

It's practically unplayable in single player after the first couple areas, especially in some boss fights.

Forcing multiplayer to be 3 player only was a bad decision as well. Tried to play a number of times online and ran into errors and disconnections when trying to play with friends, and with randos ran into quite a few jackball players that don't want to cooperate, they only have fun by making sure you do not.

Another reason it ranks so low is expectations. I loved Four Swords Adventure so much, before BOTW it was my favorite. Expectations of Triforce Heroes were that it would be a great addition to that style of game. It was not.
Scott
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22-Jul(#49)
Ok, I'm going to try to rank them based on how much I liked them when I first played them. Most of them, I played right when they were released, or close to it, but there are some exceptions.

This is really hard. For most of the Zelda games, I really enjoyed them the first time I played them, and I have a lot of nostalgia for them. But, 6 of them stand out in particular and are definitely my top tier, then I have 3 more tiers below that.

1) A Link to the Past
2) Ocarina of Time
3) Link's Awakening
4) The Legend of Zelda (original)
5) A Link Between Worlds
6) Breath of the Wild

7) Oracle of Seasons
8) Oracle of Ages
9) The Minish Cap
10) Twilight Princess
11) Majora's Mask
12) Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

13) Tri-Force Heroes
14) Phantom Hourglass
15) Spirit Tracks

16) The Wind Waker
17) Skyward Sword
18) Four Swords
19) Four Swords Adventures
Otaku100
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1) Link's Awakening
2) Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
3) A Link to the Past
4) Twilight Princess
5) A Link Between Worlds
6) The Legend of Zelda
7) Wind Waker
8) Minish Cap
9) Oracle of Seasons/Ages
10) Ocarina of Time
11) Majora's Mask
12) Skyward Sword

It should be evident from my list, but I'm not much of a fan of the 3D Zelda games; I really enjoyed Twilight Princess, but even Wind Waker I thought was only decent.

Link's Awakening is definitely my favorite. I could go either way on Link to the Past and Adventure of Link though.
bonham2
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22-Jul(#51)
I love that you put Zelda 2 so high on your list. I really feel like that one gets a bad rap. For me, it was my first ever Zelda. I played it over and over as a kid. I beat it withour a guide as a kid (the only place I got stuck on was the guy you have to find to extend the bridge in the town). The hardest part was the final palace. I made myself a map to keep track of it (actually did the same thing with the original Metroid as well). Now, I play through it once a year and save all the 1ups for the final palace...it's a piece of cake. I use what I consider to be a few glitches, but they are things I figured out by myself 100%. For example, if an overworld creature hits you in an action square, you can skip the action screen. That makes game much easier towards the end.
Scott
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22-Jul(#52)
I like Zelda II a lot too. It's at the bottom of my 2nd tier (on my new list), but the games in that tier are all really close, so it's higher in my heart than it may appear lol
Otaku100
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* 22-Jul(#53)
I've really enjoyed II ever since I was a kid, and as an adult it was surprising to find out a lot of people hate it.

I never managed to beat it as a kid, as I got stuck somewhere near the end; I'm thinking I didn't find the hidden town. I've beaten the game numerous times since then though.
Scott
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22-Jul(#54)
Yeah, the hidden town stands out to me as the thing I had the most difficulty figuring out.
Shane12m
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* 22-Jul(#55)
@Scott thanks for the reply

As for my ranking, I'm mostly a 2d Zelda fan and the only 3D Zelda I've beaten are Windwaker and BOTW

1) BOTW (it deviates so much from what I expected from a Zelda game, but damnit if it wasn't a magical gaming experience even bring a grown ass man. Hopefully the sequel adds larger scaled dungeons and hook shot)
2) A link to the Past (this game had me stuck as a kid but it was really fun and rewarding when you figured things out. Playing again as adult was great
3)A link between worlds (This was such a great game, I can't believe the haven't followed up on this yet)
4) Windwaker (the whole adventure was a blast and the sailing was really cool at the time)
5) Ages/Seasons (overworld puzzles were too hard for me and not that fun as a kid, and it felt like a chore to play)
6) OG Zelda - Hard as could be for a kid that struggled to get through mega man. Never beat it and never enjoyed it too much as a kid and tried it later as an adult and lost interest

I didn't have an N64 as a kid, but I watched some friends play it a bit. I have a feeling I would have loved Ocarina as a lad, but the few times I tried it as an adult I lost interest as it was outdated by then. Never played majoras mask or twilight.

I'm pretty sure I've played every 2d Zelda adventure (besides 2 and the multiplayer only one on 3ds) but for some reason I don't have strong memory of links awakening. My GB/GBA days are a blur lol
PizzaTheHutt
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22-Jul(#56)
I'm surprised Four Swords Adventures made it on as many lists as it did. Did you guys play it single player, or the way it was intended? For a long time nobody I knew owned a GBA so I never bothered to buy that but I always thought it looked like it'd be fun.

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KCPenguins
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22-Jul(#58)
Scott wrote:
> Ok, I'm going to try to rank them based on how much I liked them when I first played
> them...


If I were to do this, Ocarina of Time would be number 1, and BotW would probably be second.
Feeb
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22-Jul(#59)
KCPenguins wrote:
> Scott wrote:
>> Ok, I'm going to try to rank them based on how much I liked them when I first
> played
>> them...
>
>
> If I were to do this, Ocarina of Time would be number 1, and BotW would probably
> be second.

OoT was on my mind all the time back then. Unbelievable. Good times.
BloodPuppetX
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22-Jul(#60)
benstylus wrote:
> BloodPuppetX wrote:
>> @benstylus, interesting list. Just wondering, did you play Tri Force Heroes in
> single
>> player only to dislike it that much?
>
> It's practically unplayable in single player after the first couple areas, especially
> in some boss fights.
>
> Forcing multiplayer to be 3 player only was a bad decision as well. Tried to play
> a number of times online and ran into errors and disconnections when trying to play
> with friends, and with randos ran into quite a few jackball players that don't want
> to cooperate, they only have fun by making sure you do not.
>
> Another reason it ranks so low is expectations. I loved Four Swords Adventure so
> much, before BOTW it was my favorite. Expectations of Triforce Heroes were that
> it would be a great addition to that style of game. It was not.

I played with Scott and TerrHeel and we had fun, despite some issues with lag. (Especially when we tried to do all the challenges.) And, yeah, it's basically unplayable in single player. Also just really boring.
BloodPuppetX
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22-Jul(#61)
bonham2 wrote:
> I love that you put Zelda 2 so high on your list. I really feel like that one gets
> a bad rap. For me, it was my first ever Zelda. I played it over and over as a kid.
> I beat it withour a guide as a kid (the only place I got stuck on was the guy you
> have to find to extend the bridge in the town). The hardest part was the final palace.
> I made myself a map to keep track of it (actually did the same thing with the original
> Metroid as well). Now, I play through it once a year and save all the 1ups for the
> final palace...it's a piece of cake. I use what I consider to be a few glitches,
> but they are things I figured out by myself 100%. For example, if an overworld creature
> hits you in an action square, you can skip the action screen. That makes game much
> easier towards the end.

Much of that applies to me as well. First Zelda game and beat it multiple times when I was a kid. I still love the game, but also love every other Zelda game up to #14 on my list. (Yes, I loved PH.) After that, the rest I liked but not nearly as much as all the others.
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22-Jul(#62)
Feeb wrote:
> KCPenguins wrote:
>> Scott wrote:
> |>> Ok, I'm going to try to rank them based on how much I liked them when I first
>> played
> |>> them...
>>
>>
>> If I were to do this, Ocarina of Time would be number 1, and BotW would probably
>> be second.
>
> OoT was on my mind all the time back then. Unbelievable. Good times.


Same. I remember waking up early just so I could pick it up when the store opened on launch day just so I could get 45 minutes in before school. My family hosted Thanksgiving a few days later. It was my first day off of school since its release and I knew I had to work black Friday. I spent 14 hours straight playing it that day, only pausing for bathroom breaks and grabbing a quick bite. As someone who had 0 interest in Mario 64, this game was pure magic. I did everything but all gold skullatas with no guide even though I had one (thanks Nintendo Power!). Back then I estimated 55 hrs+. I probably spent 5-10 hours in the fishing mini game alone. To this day it's still probably my favorite fishing game.

That opening cut scene in Kakoriko village was mind blowing for me.
Feeb
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22-Jul(#63)
They just don't write em like that anymore.
theJaw
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22-Jul(#64)
Frank wrote:
> 526 526{imgt}
>
>

I dunno, I'm playing through Skyward Sword on the Switch right now and save for the wonky controls (which one can adapt to after a while), I'd say it's a really good game. Maybe it isn't "great" but I'm not sure it deserves the criticism it seems to get more than the idea of making an entire generation's lineup of games require forced motion controls does.

I guess the only other thing I can say holds it down from being "great" is that, while the dungeons and game-world seem epic in scope (as they should), the story itself seems super contained. I know it's the "origin" relative to the chronology but the YA-style story beats in between the larger gameplay segments feel really quaint in comparison to any other 3D Zelda I've played (or even 2D Zelda in LttP's case). It doesn't have that "high epic fantasy" vibe that other Zelda games do.
theJaw
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22-Jul(#65)
Scott wrote:
> You rated ALttP pretty high, you should definitely check out ALBW. I imagine it's
> nearly impossible to like ALttP and not like ALBW.

Yeah I definitely plan on playing that fairly soon. With rumors still suggesting we may see a Twilight Princess remaster for Switch eventually, I may hold off on that game and play ALBW after I finish Skyward Sword. I will say that I'm apprehensive to the whole "Link can become wall paintings" gimmick but I've also heard nothing but positive things about it so I just have to see where I land. Oughtta be a fun time though, it's rare that Zelda isn't.
BloodPuppetX
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22-Jul(#66)
Don't overthink the "wall painting" gimmick. It just gives you another method of traversal, and you use it to knock those squid things off walls. It's used pretty creatively during the final boss fight as well.
Frank
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23-Jul(#67)
Is there a way to play the DSi Four Swords Anniversary with others online? That's one jve had for a long time, but was never able to play multi-player.

benstylus
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23-Jul(#68)
Frank wrote:
> Is there a way to play the DSi Four Swords Anniversary with others online? That's
> one jve had for a long time, but was never able to play multi-player.

I don't think it was online even when the DS servers were up. I think it was always local.
Admiral
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* 23-Jul(#69)
I actually really appreciate Scott's list. I think some of the 3D Zelda's are overrated (especially OoT which doesn't hold up IMO)....

I'd go something VERY similar to Scott, but admittedly I haven't played some of them:

Link's Awakening
A Link Between Worlds (this game is probably a little too easy - I breezed right through it, but the puzzles/gameplay are so much fun)
A Link to the Past (some of the warping puzzles annoyed me)
The Legend of Zelda (original)
Zelda 2
The Wind Waker
Breath of the Wild
Ocarina of Time

These I've played, but haven't finished:
Oracle of Seasons
Oracle of Ages
The MInish Cap

The rest I haven't played (yet). You just gave me a great idea though - Since I always have a hard time deciding what to play, I'm going to play all the Zelda games from oldest to newest (I will probably skip BotW and LTTP since I played them in the last year or so). I'm most excited to play the GB Zeldas and Zelda 2 (which is SEVERELY UNDERRATED AND CRAP ON. It's a masterpiece).
EclipseLion
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* 23-Jul(#70)
I'll only rank the ones I've beaten:

1) Link's Awakening DX (GBC)
2) A Link the the Past (SNES)
3) Ocarina of Time (N64)
4) Oracle of Ages/ Seasons (GBC)
5) The Legend of Zelda (NES)
6) The Wind Waker (GC)
7) Zelda II (NES)
8) Majora's Mask 3D
9) Twilight Princess (GC)
10) A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
11) The Minish Cap (GBA)

bonham2
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23-Jul(#71)
It's really amazing how different everyone's lists are. I think it's a testament to how great the series is when everyone has a different favorite. Many of you have Link's Awakening as #1, and that's my #10. I say my top 6-7 are my all-time greats, and 8-14 are still some of my favorite games on their respective systems. As critical as I have been of Skyward Sword, I still love the game.
EclipseLion
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* 23-Jul(#72)
bonham2 wrote:
> It's really amazing how different everyone's lists are. I think it's a testament
> to how great the series is when everyone has a different favorite. Many of you have
> Link's Awakening as #1, and that's my #10. I say my top 6-7 are my all-time greats,
> and 8-14 are still some of my favorite games on their respective systems. As critical
> as I have been of Skyward Sword, I still love the game.

Nostalgia plays a major factor, Awaken was the first Zelda I ever beat as a child. I had played The Legend of Zelda (NES) very young and could only get through the first dungeon. I didn't come back to that one until my teens since we lost the NES in a move

bonham2
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23-Jul(#73)
My experience was the first Zelda was funny. First, I loved Zelda 2, so I was disappointed that LoZ was so different 😂. Secondly, I named my first game Zelda because I borrowed it from a friend who already had a save fine named Link. I had no idea why the map that came with it wasn't right, and the game was really hard. I came back to it years later when I bought it used at Funcoland and read about the second quest (so I realized what I had done wrong).
bonham2
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23-Jul(#74)
With Link's Awakening, I first played the DX version on my GBA (again, bought it used at Funcoland). I never owned an original Gameboy as a kid.
bill
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24-Jul(#75)
Thanks for everyone's posts about this. I've played and loved many Zelda games, but I've gotten burned out on them at times too. What's surprising me here is so many people giving "Link's Awakening" high rank. I hadn't realized that there's a Switch remake. So, it sounds like I should play that.

Here's my history, though I have to admit my memory of this may be off, much of it is a blur.

1. A Link to the Past - My first Zelda game and one of best games ever made in my opinion. I've always loved the two-worlds separated by time mechanic. The progression of items and dungeons just feels so ludically perfect (rewarding and motivating, the best parts of what makes a game fun essentially). Also, it has less of the aspects of Zelda games that I'm not into (excessive dialog boxes, melodramatic character stuff).

It's hard to rank the others I've played. I think this is roughly the order in which I played them having had an SNES, GBA, Wii, then Switch. Some stuff I played later via ports in the Nintendo store or emulators.

Twilight Princess - Wii controls worked well for me here (e.g. throwing the chain hook), fun in it's context. Epona - meh, not a big fan of this aspect of Zelda games.

Minish Cap - much like LttP, just wish it wasn't on a small screen.
The Wind Waker, Ocarina of Time - Good games, but don't love the graphics of this era, 3D still looked kind of bad. I played them on Wii.

Phantom Hourglass - I was so excited for this, played in intently, but just hated the timed aspect, so frustrating and not fun for me. Only Zelda game I didn't finish. This game kind of broke me on playing Zelda games and I'll never really forgive it. AVOID IMHO

Breath of the Wild - Great, but too much of the sappy, dialog box elements I don't enjoy.

The Legend of Zelda - via emulator, really hard to get into it, seemed ugly/awful. Finally, I used a guide and eventually appreciated it. I can see how many of the elements I loved from LttP are in this just not a nicely done. Too hard, imho, as well. I think I may have used some emulator features to make it easier (pause & save/load-state).
Feeb
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* 24-Jul(#76)
Agree Bill. A Link to the Past just gets it right- from the dramatic intro and music- I can literally hear it in my head it's so memorable- to the way it dangles out of reach objectives and pushes you forward- it feels like an accomplishment to find / earn those things. It really feels like the first "fleshed out" lore too- now the master sword is iconic etc. Also- the art style is simple- but that's all a great Zelda needs to be- it's pretty enough but keeps you focused on the gameplay.

I'm a grumpy old guy now- and I'm not sure I'll ever be convinced BotW is a Zelda game. Have at me.
kevolones
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24-Jul(#77)
The music when you get to the Dark World was so scary to me when I was a kid.
Boss
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26-Jul(#78)
Can we make this thread a show me your Zelda collections?
Scott
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27-Jul(#79)
theJaw wrote:
> Scott wrote:
>> You rated ALttP pretty high, you should definitely check out ALBW. I imagine it's
>> nearly impossible to like ALttP and not like ALBW.
>
> Yeah I definitely plan on playing that fairly soon. With rumors still suggesting
> we may see a Twilight Princess remaster for Switch eventually, I may hold off on
> that game and play ALBW after I finish Skyward Sword. I will say that I'm apprehensive
> to the whole "Link can become wall paintings" gimmick but I've also heard nothing
> but positive things about it so I just have to see where I land. Oughtta be a fun
> time though, it's rare that Zelda isn't.

Dude, don't be apprehensive at all. It's, IMO, one of the most well thought-out and well-implemented gimmicks out of all the Zelda games.
Scott
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27-Jul(#80)
bonham2 wrote:
> It's really amazing how different everyone's lists are. I think it's a testament
> to how great the series is when everyone has a different favorite. Many of you have
> Link's Awakening as #1, and that's my #10. I say my top 6-7 are my all-time greats,
> and 8-14 are still some of my favorite games on their respective systems. As critical
> as I have been of Skyward Sword, I still love the game.

Yeah, for sure! The truth is, I really love almost all of the Zelda games. Most of them are 10/10 for me, and the rest I still enjoy a lot. I have to get critical when I'm comparing them all to each other, so it probably comes off sometimes like I don't like some of them, but that's really not the case.

Topic   Rank the Zelda games