The Legend of Zelda franchise is one of the most iconic series in all of gaming. First released in 1986, each subsequent game builds on its timeless legacy. The series tells the story of a silent hero, Link, saving the land of Hyrule from the evil Dark Lord Ganondorf. With more than 30 years of history and 17 official games, the series itself has become legendary. That legend makes this list especially difficult, because there truly isn’t a “bad” Zelda game. No, we’re not going to talk about those God forsaken CD-i games because those don’t count, and we’re better off forgetting about them. With the NX and Breath of the Wild coming in the next couple of months, excitement for both is at a fever pitch. Before the latest game is released, it’s important to look to the past.
While compiling this list there were a lot of different factors taken into account. Critical reception, personal thoughts, and fan reaction were the three critical factors looked at.
This is a series that means a lot to many different people. If your favorite Zelda game is in a place that you think is wrong, thats ok. This is just an opinion, and we’d love to hear your thoughts. Let’s get started!