I only have Legend of zelda the wind waker for gamecube. There's not enough money for me to buy a console or a tv to play on now. I want to try the legend of zelda for the wii. The game looks really fresh with colors.
GameSpot editors celebrate The Legend of Zelda's 25th anniversary by taking a look back at some of their favorite games in the series.
There are no other game franchises like The Legend of Zelda. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the series has not only endured, but it has also thrived in the face of a rapidly changing gaming landscape. We asked a few of the GameSpot editors to pay tribute to this milestone by picking their favorite Zelda games and speak to their personal significance. Join us as we take a look back and let us know what your favorite Zelda game is in the comments below.
"Exploration and discovery are the tenets upon which Nintendo built this legendary series. Once you push past the title screen and select the name of your hero, you're placed in a world without any immediate goal spelled out for you…" Continue
"However, as you aid Link on his quest to return to his homeland, your experiences take on an increasingly surreal feeling, and it eventually becomes clear that this isn't just another typical adventure for Link…" Continue
"As gamers clamored for the return to the original Zelda's style of play, I can imagine that this immersive approach to storytelling was the icing on the 16-bit cake for a lot of people. Great as the original was, it was sorely lacking in the character development department…" Continue
"Others, notably the series' most zealous fans, treated it as the greatest betrayal of their lives. "Cat face," "Celda," "Baby Link," "teh kiddy," and the like were the lightest of the derisive phrases to stab Nintendo's new portrayal of one of its oldest heroes…" Continue
I know I will get owned for saying this but I don't care my favorite Zelda games were the first 5 released games, going from Legend of Zelda, Zelda II Link's Adventure (the black sheep) Link to the Past, Link's awakening and Ocarina of Time. I still enjoyed the later titles Including Skyward Sword but the later games just do not feel the same. And yes once again Zelda 2 is still awsome!!
I loved every Zelda game I played, but I think I prefer Twilight Princess the most, with Link To The Past a *very* close second. I think the Zelda series has the possibility of being Nintendo's more "grown up" series.
I can't even read this article with a straight face after seeing the review they gave SkyWard Sword. It's just more blasphemous as time goes by.
I must be the only person who enjoyed Link's Awakening for the original Gameboy. It was one of the first Gameboy games I actually played through entirely as a child. Crazy adventures and ridiculously memorable music. Definitely an overlooked relic of a simpler time in gaming history.
The original is still one of my favorites. In fact, I've played it again within the last year or so. I still have my original Overworld Map and the hand-drawn Dungeon Maps I created -- probably 20 years ago. I still have notes, too, about where to bomb and what bush to burn! Truly a great game because it was challenging yet managable. As the series evolved, I found myself feeling *less* engaged -- there was just too much to keep track of. As the author praising the original observed, I too just didn't feel like I "owned" these more expansive and complex spaces like I could with this one.
When Zelda was born I was 4 years old and I grow up with this saga, for that I really see the progress of it.
Wind Waker is easily the best for artisrty and stylization. One of the best, of that there is absolutely no doubt. It's a shame that so many weak minded, purile, immature, underdeveloped lumps of flesh there are that took aim at one of the greatest artistic achievements in gaming history. Everyone is always ready to jump on a bandwagon, and if it isn't photo realistic then they cannot understand it. Weakest in the series? Twilight Princess was a big letdown, Skyward Swords very por controls let it down, overall average. Three best in the series? Wind Waker, A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time. Ocarina of Time is overrated though, not saying it's bad, just pointing out that it is not the game some of the nutjobs make-out. I would say the game has aged quite well though, unlike Mario 64, who was also lauded heavily at the time and since. Other notable entries in the series? I genuinely enjoyed Phantom Hour Glass, Minish Cap, Majora's Mask.
Wind Waker is definitely, not one of the best. Wasn't there a 3rd Zelda for the NES that they released in short supply, or scrapped? I'd say: 1:Link to the Past 2. Link's Awakening 3. Majora's Mask 4.Ocarina of Time
The Zelda games have always been my favourites, starting from the first time I popped that gold cartridge into my NES. I still have the hand-drawn map that my mom and I made for LoZ. We spent ages making that thing. I think my favourite is still A Link to the Past, although it's a hard decision because I love them all for different reasons.
My favorite Zelda game by far is Ocarina of Time. It may simply be because it was the first Zelda game I played, or the fact it was the first video game I ever beat, but I absolutely love it. I have played Wind Waker, and I also find it fantastic. I was one of the one's who hated it at first because of the graphics, but after playing it I could no longer hate it. I also never liked how much hatred Majora's Mask got. That game was also fantastic.
My personal favourite Zelda game is Link to the Past, the first one I played and christ did I play it a lot! I could probably complete it in my sleep nowadays. The open world with the classic main theme playing constantly, dungeons with puzzles and tricky to beat bosses, brilliant. I have to admit to missing out on Ocarina of Time when it was first released (I never owned an N64) so the next game in the series I played on consoles was Wind Waker and I absolutely loved it. I honestly don't know what the so called fans who complain about are on about with this game. It has everything you want from a Zelda game! Intricate and challenging dungeons, simple yet fun sword fighting, a good sense of humour and it looks and sounds stunning. That first time getting on the boat and sailing away across the massive ocean is unforgettable. So what if it's cell shaded, go back and play this game now and it still looks fantastic. Thanks to the cell shading the game will never age, it's truly a timeless classic that will be pleasing to the eye for the rest of time. Twilight Princess I didn't like as much, it was too dark and gritty whereas to me Zelda is meant to be light hearted and about the exploration as much as anything else. Was still a good game but it's nowhere near as memorable to me as the other games in the series. Skyward Sword looks like it's going back down the light hearted route and I'm happy about that.
Wind Waker is one of the greatest games of all time. To hell with the so called "Fans" who probably did not even play this game.
Well...... I don't know many of the above games but i like zelda series a lot.... so happy 25 years of gaming:)
I think I am one of those that just does not do well with the original LoZ. I prefer Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess because, instead of having to explore and experiment, I get to be part of an epic and cinematic story!
GS gave Zelda SS a 7.5 and other sites gave it much higher. it is a GREAT Game. I do not know what is GS problem.
i admit ! Zelda similar become my (search engine) really ! in google , youtube , etc ... i know zelda is zelda and nothing can compare with ... but at least play something remind me of zelda :) i love zelda series soo much .... and i had played : 1- ocarina of time (firs zelda game i had played) .. 2- Megoras Mask 3- Wind Waker 4- Minish Cap 5- Twilight Princes 6- Skyward Sword (currently playing)
There is no Zelda game that has ever disappointed me. But despite the haters, I've gotta say Wind Waker warms up my heart everytime I hear a melody, or see the waves. It was also one of the biggest gaming worlds I know and every island on the map had some kind of mission, riddle, hidden treasure whatever you like to call it.
I came into the game series LATE, the first game I played all the way threw what Wind Waker, I loved it, now I'm trying Twilight Princess and Ocarina of Time. I'm sorry i got into the series late, but I'm glad i am in now.
I really loved every Zelda game I've played, but I have to say, Ocarina of Time in my opinion is THE best Zelda video game made so far. :D
I love all the Zelda games (even though I have only beaten about half of them), but I think I have to say Wind Waker is my favorite. There's just something about that game that always brings me back. The art style is still probably my favorite ever in a video game, the musical score is beyond brilliant, and the story is compelling and heartbreaking. It's awesome.
I like all zelda games, even the first ever zelda game for the nes and I enjoyed it as much as the recent game, skyward sword
@ACMC85 Hasent anyone taught you never judge a book by its cover wind waker was a awesome game and it shared the same formula from past Zelda games
@Troublesome Most of the games are very loosely connected. Chronologically "Skyward Sword" is the oldest. "The Minish Cap" is next, followed by "Four Swords". The tale of "Ocarina of Time" and "Majora's Mask" are set some time after that. It gets hairy hear because the timeline takes not two paths, but three. "Twilight Princess" is set a century after "Ocarina of Time" and follows the timeline of the child Link after the defeat of Ganon. "Four Swords Adventure" comes last in that time branch. "The Wind Waker" is set centuries ahead of "Ocarina of Time" but follows the alternative timeline of the adult Link after the defeat of Ganon here with "Phantom Hourglass" being a continuation of TWW. "Spirit Tracks" comes about 100 years after "Phantom Hourglass". The third timeline comes from the Hero of Time not being successful with "Ocarina of Time" being the story of the Imprisoning War that is told in the beginning of "A Link to the Past". "Link's Awakening" is a continuation of that story as well. The original "Legend of Zelda" and "Zelda II: The Adventure of Link" are direct sequels to each other and come sometime after "A Link to the Past". Except for the games that are direct sequels/continuations of previous Zelda games ("Wind Waker" + "Spirit Tracks", "Ocarina of Time" + "Majora's Mask", "A Link to the Past" + "Link's Awakening", and "The Legend of Zelda" + "The Adventure of Link") they all feature different Link's and Zelda's and tell their own stories in fictional points in time in the kingdom of Hyrule.
Hated Wind Waker for the visuals when it came out. I saw Space world forst and that's what I wanted from the next game. If it came afterwards I probably would have liked it, as I enjoyed spirit tracks and phantom hour glass. The endgame was pretty terrible from what I remember. Repeat the same steps 8 times as filler.
Wonderful article GS, brings back good memories. My first experience with Zelda was Link to the Past, to this day i still play through it once every single year.
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When I played Zelda 1, 2 & Lttp, there were no FAQS, etc. I've played every game I've ever beaten (especially Zelda) without "cheating" (Dark Souls & Skyrim, I looked up stuff to learn how to play, but haven't finished either). Back then, all there was is Nintendo Power & I was poor, so it was hard enough getting the games. I do remember having one with a map of Hyrule for Zelda 1, but it was after I had finished it. Not a better franchise exists, imho.
@grim0187 I reply to everything in my INBOX (which means people had to mention me before I ever came here. I will continue TO DEFEND MY RIGHT TO MY VIEWS no matter where, IF someone mentions me by name). If you don't want me to comment, don't mention me. Surely that can't be hard. EDIT:To put that into perspective for you, there would be ONE post by me if I had not been mention BY NAME 10 times. EDIT2: caps for emphasis, as reading is fundamental ;).
Spirit Tracks is my first Zelda; and i regret that i didn't play this series before! It's sooo unique.
it took me days to complete this game( the first Legend of Zelda) . i still remember i REFUSED to look at any FAQ cuz i wanted to experience this game the way it was meant to be. and it was absolutely BRILLIANT.
I remember my brother coming over one day while I was playing Wind Waker. This was probably 4 or 5 years after it was released. He was and still is into the first person shooters with cutting-edge graphics. I remember clearly I was in a dungeon latter in the game and he walked in and said wow that game looks f*ing cool! I find it curious now looking back when everyone was skeptical and critical about the graphics change... nowadays it seems Nintendo is criticized mostly about not enough change. I think they should challenge their creativity more often and quit playing on the safe side.