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The Best Legend of Zelda Games

In the recently concluded E3 2016 event, Nintendo showcased a brand new Legend of Zelda game entitled “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”.

It will be the 19th installment in the franchise and it has amazing new elements added to it such as an open-world for people to explore as well as some sci-fi elements included to the game as well.

In this article, I want to look back at some of the best Legend of Zelda games of old. If you want to know and grasp the feel of the game before the Breath of the Wild releases, then definitely try these timeless classics:

  1. Wind Waker. This is the first Legend of Zelda game to feature cell-shaded graphics. Although some fans, especially purists, initially do not want the idea, that was instantly changed after the game’s release. The gameplay is just absolutely amazing and there is a lot to explore in the game. Also, the Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker is the first Zelda game to feature open-sea exploration, allowing players to explore other places other than Hyrule.
  2. A Link to the Past. If there is a game that paved the way for other sequels to follow, this would be one of them. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past’s gameplay has been copied in other installments of the franchise. It is probably the quintessential entry of the franchise because not only is it a master of the 16-bit graphics but it also has some interestingly fun gameplay as well. Also, fans of the game said that even though they’ve played this game many times, it still feels refreshing every time they play it again.
  3. Majora’s Mask. At first, people do not like this installment as the graphics of the game is quite similar to its predecessor, the Ocarina of Time. But, after they’ve actually played the game, that perception was changed dramatically. The fans’ perception of the game changed for the better after seeing that there is a time component added into the game. Basically, this game gives you a sense of urgency and you also have the ability to manipulate time as well. Also, the antagonist of this game gives a more in-depth feel of what an antagonist should be and he was given a proper backstory so that people can empathize with him.
  4. Ocarina of Time. This was the very first Legend of Zelda game that made the huge jump from 2D to 3D graphics. I saved the best for last because a lot of people think that this game is one of the best games of all time. The game has created a dynamic where a lot of games followed and that is the Z-targeting System. This system is a great way to add excitement in the game, especially in battle sequences. Furthermore, the musical score is top notch and people always come back to the game’s memorable soundtracks for years.

If you want to relive some of the Legend of Zelda games, the four games I highlighted above should give you the excitement you need to appreciate the upcoming Legend of Zelda game even more.