The 19 Best 'Zelda' Games, Ranked

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In 2021, The Legend of Zelda franchise celebrated a long three-and-a-half decade run since its first game release. NES' The Legend of Zelda was released on the 21st of February 1986, and ever since then, the series has been considered to be not only at the forefront of the RPG, action-adventure genre but one of Nintendo’s staple franchises and one of the best video game series of all time.

The series follows the adventures of Link and Princess Zelda, with the former generally having to rescue the latter from Ganon(dorf). The games feature a mixture of fighting, puzzle-solving, and collecting items. All in all, the series is one of the most successful of all time, selling over 125 million copies as of 2017.

There have been a total of 19 games in the series, and as hard of a job as it is, we’ve done our best to put them in order of what we feel is the worst to the best. You can check it out below.

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19. 'The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes'

Available on: Nintendo 3DS

Buy Now, $35.96

18. 'Zelda II: The Adventure of Link'

Available on: NES, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo Switch

Buy Now, $45

17. 'The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords'

Available on: Game Boy Advance

Buy Now, Price Varies

16. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Available on: Nintendo GameCube

Buy Now, $143.31

15. 'The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass'

Available on: Nintendo DS

Buy Now, Price Varies

14. 'The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks'

Available on: Nintendo DS

Buy Now, Price Varies

13. 'The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword'

Available on: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Switch (HD)

Buy Now, $47.90

12. 'The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap'

Available on: Game Boy Advance

Buy Now, $123.95

11. 'The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess'

Available on: Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo Wii, Nvidia Shield TV

Buy Now, $37.61

10. 'The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening'

Available on: Game Boy, Game Boy Colour (DX), Nintendo Switch (HD)

Buy Now, $49.75

9. 'The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Seasons'

Available on: Game Boy Colour

Buy Now, $116.18

8. 'The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds'

Available on: Nintendo 3DS

Buy Now, $31.88

7. 'The Legend of Zelda'

Available on: NES

Buy Now, $89.99

6. 'The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past'

Available on: SNES

Buy Now, $64.99

5. 'The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker'

Available on: Nintendo GameCube, Wii U (HD)

Buy Now, $107.90

4. 'The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time'

Available on: Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo 3DS

Buy Now, $32.94

3. 'The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask'

Available on: Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo 3DS (3D)

Buy Now, $34.35

2. 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild'

Available on: Wii U, Nintendo Switch

Buy Now, $59.88

1. 'The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom'

Available on: Nintendo Switch

Buy Now, $68
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