The First Diverse Zeldiverse

So here's a fun little exercise you can do if you're extremely bored - write a list of all the Zelda games you've played and for each take 60 seconds to list all the elements that apply to that game only, or failing that (it's harder than it sounds) anything that stood out or originated from that particular game. You're prohibited from talking about the art style, the system they were on or new characters, since those at least seem to change quite often.

The idea is twofold: To see which Zeldas tried to innovate the most, and which Zeldas were memorable enough that you're still able to recall a lot of interesting things about them (without confusing them for another).

I thought this up after writing a bit about the announcement of the LTTP sequel and how the original SNES game, as quintessential as it is, doesn't really have the personality of its scions. Later Zelda games have all tried to set themselves apart with crazier gimmicks and idiosyncrasies, presumably because that's an easier route than trying to improve on its nonpareil gameplay (or that of Ocarina of Time, depending on which you believe is the better game). Try it yourself!

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  • Twilight Princess - Wolf, tsundere imp, pink Zora with pupils, first time I died in a 3D Zelda world within the first hour, Link's fan girls give out hearts, postman is everywhere and can die in a glitch, Bug freak, Toilet
  • Ocarina of Time - This fish girl is in love with me. Crazy Goron dances wild. Zelda's alter ego is a ninja. There are zombies under the town. Don't mess with the Cuccos. The skullkid is a cheapskate.
  • Windwaker - Water everywhere but no Zoras. Treasure hunt. Enemies have idiotic A.I. No flutes allowed. Slave driving fairy lover who owns an island. These fairies look like Lucas.
  • Link to the Past - Great Fairy is fat. Golden sword looks like a banana. First time, I'm cosplaying as a bunny. Sparkly bees. Crazy dude stalks me.
  • Majora's Mask - This game is so sad, and you can't make everyone happy. Seeing child abuse for the first time. Pikachu is a fox. Epic heroes and their deaths. Deeds and Deku.
  • Skyward Sword - Creepy guy stop touching my sword and what's wrong with your tongue. This shop clerk is in love with me. I believe I can fly. Robot falls in love with my sword. Silent Realm is an adrenaline rush.

That's my take.