Favorite Zelda Game?

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#1 Posted by saoakden (190 posts) -

Which installment or installments of the Legend of Zelda series is your favorite?

For Me it's a good four way tie between Twilight Princess, Wind Waker, Ocarina of Time and Skyward Sword.

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#2 Posted by ArbitraryWater (14683 posts) -

...So you like all of the 3D Zelda games that aren't Majora's Mask? Wow. Way to make difficult choices.

Probably still Ocarina of Time.

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#3 Edited by BeachThunder (14576 posts) -

Link's Awakening.

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#4 Posted by Wrighteous86 (3927 posts) -

Majora's Mask.

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#6 Posted by Hunter5024 (6702 posts) -

Depending on which day you ask me I'll say either Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, or A Link to the Past. After that it would probably be Skyward Sword. I really liked Skyward Sword. Still haven't played Twilight Princess.

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#7 Posted by bigjeffrey (5282 posts) -

Oracle of Seasons?

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#8 Posted by saoakden (190 posts) -

@arbitrarywater: I haven't played Majora's Mask. & I do want to play it. I never owned the system it was on. I played OoT on the gamecube.

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#9 Posted by OmniscientCajun (156 posts) -

Amidst a field of strong contenders, Majora's Mask stands clearly above the others near the top. Then Ocarina, Wind Waker/Twilight Princess (I go back and forth). I don't want to talk about Skyward Sword... (nah, it was all right, but just all right).

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#10 Posted by Ezekiel (1692 posts) -

Majora's Mask and Ocarina of Time. I'm not a big fan of the 2D games. The only one I finished is The Minish Cap. The Wind Waker could have been better and Twilight Princess was dull. I have no desire to try Skyward Sword with its motion controls and I've stopped caring about future installments. But maybe Nintendo will surprise me.

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#11 Posted by Colonel_Pockets (1012 posts) -

wind waker.... but I have to say I have never played Ocarina of Time. I also really liked the phantom hour glass. Twilight princess was ok....

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#12 Posted by BeachThunder (14576 posts) -

Oracle of Seasons?

Yep. I can indeed confirm that this is your favourite.

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#13 Edited by ArbitraryWater (14683 posts) -

@aegon said:

@arbitrarywater: Does it hold up?

Asking if Ocarina of Time holds up is like asking if Super Mario 64 holds up. It's not without a few quirks that have appeared with age (the comparatively large, empty Hyrule Field comes to mind), but even disregarding what it did for video games as a whole, it's not like the games that succeeded it are especially superior in terms of things like control and dungeon design... though that might be more a problem with how conservative Nintendo has been with that series (the weird experiment that is Majora's Mask notwithstanding) than a testament to OOT's unshakeable quality.

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#14 Posted by wjb (1905 posts) -

Haha. "What's your favorite? Mine's everything!"

A Link to the Past, prolly.

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#15 Posted by The_Ruiner (1608 posts) -

Ocarina of Time, no question

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#16 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

A Link To The Past by a pretty wide margin

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#17 Posted by ArbitraryWater (14683 posts) -

@saoakden said:

@arbitrarywater: I haven't played Majora's Mask. & I do want to play it. I never owned the system it was on. I played OoT on the gamecube.

Still, saying that every Zelda game that you've played is the best is something of a cop-out. MAKE A DECISION, even if it's Twilight Princess. I'd love to read someone's claim that Twilight Princess is the best Zelda game because I can't even fathom such a justification at this point.

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#18 Posted by saoakden (190 posts) -

@arbitrarywater: I didn't say that 4 games I listed were the best, but my favorite Zelda game at this point is Twilight Princess.

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#19 Posted by davidwitten22 (1712 posts) -

I'm not a huge Zelda fan and I've only played some of them, but Majora's Mask would be my favorite.

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#20 Posted by Hayt (1257 posts) -

Wind Waker. It's just so full of fucking joy, man.

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#21 Posted by BisonHero (10496 posts) -

I think they nailed the classic Ganon-messing-up-Hyrule premise in Link to the Past, so it really irks me that they keep going back to the well with that (Ocarina of Time, and Twilight Princess especially retreading that ground a LOT).

So I really like Link's Awakening and Majora's Mask, but WindWaker is seriously the best, you guys. It does have some of the usual Hyrule Ganon Triforce BS, but the game tackled this entirely new concept of the overworld being huge stretches of ocean and it was the last (maybe first?) time I actually felt like a Zelda overworld might always have some interesting thing off in the horizon that I should go investigate, like in a Fallout/Skyrim. It was such a huge overhaul of how you travel, Link felt much more agile in combat, and the art design borrowed almost nothing from Ocarina of Time, and it all totally worked.

I miss the pre-Ocarina days when Nintendo could get away with making a child Link out on a coming of age adventure, but all of the Zelda fans grew up I guess, and now they're all whiny assholes that can't like a Zelda game unless Link looks older and "cool", so we got two games that pretty liberally reused the Ocarina of Time Adult Link design.

I'm glad Link Between Worlds is returning to a child Link, but then of course they could get away with that on a handheld game that has a lower budget than a console game, and less money at risk if it turns out everybody hates the character design. I think it looks cool.

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#22 Edited by Canteu (2968 posts) -

Oracle of Ages/Seasons. ALTTP.

I do not like the rest at all.

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#23 Posted by Clonedzero (4206 posts) -

I'll be the "boring guy" and say Ocarina of Time. Honorable mention to A Link to the Past.

I had not played anything past Wind Waker, and i didnt even beat Wind Waker (wasn't my copy of the game)

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#24 Posted by Hector (3547 posts) -

Wind Waker! I was so excited when they announced an HD version for WiiU.

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#25 Edited by Nightriff (7112 posts) -

OoT or TP for me. ALttP is fantastic but I'm not the biggest fan of the Top Down Zeldas. Skyward Sword is the WORST Zelda, terrible game.

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#26 Posted by Hunkulese (4008 posts) -

@saoakden: Why bother asking a question if your answer is all of them?

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#27 Posted by Lydian_Sel (2537 posts) -

Link's Awakening or Minish Cap.

I really love the handheld Zelda games.

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#28 Edited by Hunter5024 (6702 posts) -

@bisonhero: Adding twenty minutes of sailing between every piece of meaningful content sucked, expanding upon the combat put too much focus on a relatively unimportant part of the game, and the art style clashed with the tone of the story.

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#30 Posted by mems1224 (1616 posts) -

Link To The Past. The greatest game that has ever been made, now and forever.

OoT is next.

Wind Waker is last.

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#31 Edited by schreiberty (229 posts) -

Ocarina of Time then Link to the Past then its a three way split between Twilight Princess, Links Awakening and Phantom Hour Glass.

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#32 Edited by BisonHero (10496 posts) -

@hunter5024 said:

@bisonhero: Adding twenty minutes of sailing between every piece of meaningful content sucked, expanding upon the combat put too much focus on a relatively unimportant part of the game, and the art style clashed with the tone of the story.

Nuh-uh.

However, I think Phantom Hourglass' sailing/Spirit Tracks' train riding DO add 1-5 minutes of incredibly uneventful travel and have one of the worst overworlds ever, because there is way less to do in those overworlds compared to all of the little islands, enemy platforms, submarines, squid battles, etc. that are in Wind Waker to find. The DS Zelda games just have NOTHING to find out there.

And Twilight Princess is the game that added too many combat moves that nobody fucking used. Wind Waker improved Ocarina of Time's combat by adding the parry button to get a surprise attack behind dudes, so you never had to face anything as tedious as those fucking Stalfos in Ocarina of Time that just instablock 90% of your attacks and take goddamn forever. Plus the grappling hook and Deku Leaf gave you some stun options in combat and were some cool ways to get around the environment, and led to some impressive large vertical environments like Dragon Roost Island.

And I don't see any conflict at all between the art style and the tone of the story.

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#33 Edited by Levio (1953 posts) -

I once dreamt about the most awesome Zelda game ever. It had everything the old games had, but about 5 times faster paced and with permadeath, plus you had control over the story. Of course it was a dream so I cheated a bunch, but I had to cheat anyway since I'd accidentally destroyed the water temple in the game.

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#34 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

I really enjoy how Majora's Mask twisted the classic Zelda formula into something fresh.

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#35 Posted by Slag (7349 posts) -
  1. Legend of Zelda
  2. Ocarina of Time
  3. A Link to the Past
  4. Link's Awakening
  5. Wind Waker
  6. Twilight Princess
  7. Majora's Mask
  8. Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons
  9. Minish Cap
  10. Phantom Hourglass
  11. Four Swords Adventures
  12. Adventure of Link
  13. Spirit Tracks

need to play: Skyward Sword, A Link Between Worlds, the CDi games and Link's crossbow training

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#36 Edited by BisonHero (10496 posts) -

@slag said:


need to play: [...] the CDi games and Link's crossbow training

But do you really?

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#37 Posted by saoakden (190 posts) -
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#38 Posted by MEATBALL (4231 posts) -

I think it might be Skyward Sword.

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#39 Posted by PandaBear (1484 posts) -

If you're going to name four games then what's the point? And Twilight Princess up there with Ocarnia... geez

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#40 Posted by Slag (7349 posts) -

@slag said:

need to play: [...] the CDi games and Link's crossbow training

But do you really?

Like a train wreck , I can't look away. I need to see it for myself

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#41 Posted by BisonHero (10496 posts) -

@slag: I actually have no concept of how easy it is to get a hold of a CDi at this point in time. Godspeed on your terrible quest.

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#42 Posted by CreepyUncleBrad (209 posts) -

I can't decide between Majora's Mask and Wind Waker. It is so hard to choose. Haven't played Skyward sword or several of the 2D ones though.

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#43 Posted by noboners (170 posts) -

Link to the Past. I always wonder why no one talks about Minish cap though? I don't remember it being poorly received but it's rarely talked about in these discussions.

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#44 Posted by JJOR64 (19685 posts) -

The Wind Waker.

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#45 Posted by BisonHero (10496 posts) -

@noboners: Maybe the numbers contradict me, but I'm pretty sure way less people ever owned a GBA, relative to the zillions of Game Boys and DSs that have been sold.

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#46 Posted by Turtlebird95 (3618 posts) -

Ask me again when I've completed Link Between Worlds. As of right now probably Windwaker.

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#47 Posted by crithon (3979 posts) -

Link's Awakening, I love not being able to use the sword and Jump over things.

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#48 Posted by Novis (265 posts) -

I'll start by saying that I haven't played any of the 2d Zelda games, so I don't really know about those as much. I have played everything 3D-wise and I have to say Wind Waker is my favorite by far. I'll even go as far as saying it's the best 3D Zelda game. The combat, the story, the music, the enviroment, the items, the characters! Man! I used to love just sailing around, filling out my map. I really love the HD version, too. Really gives you the chance to just watch the game in awe. #fanboy

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#49 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (7002 posts) -

Definitely A link to the Past, as cliche as that is to say. I played it for the first time a few months ago and fell in love.

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#50 Posted by ajamafalous (13397 posts) -

Wind Waker

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