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Top 10 Legend of Zelda Games According to Negative World [top ten]
 
It's been a few months since Skyward Sword's release. Now that everyone who's anyone has finished it, let's take a look at how it ranks among all the other Zelda games. Using Negative World's Game Database, I compiled a list of our community's top ten rated Zelda games. Let's get started.

No ports or remakes allowed!
Posted: 02/21/12, 00:13:17  - Edited by 
 on: 10/31/13, 22:32:01
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The Minish Cap
Negative World Community Rating: 9.0


When I think of Zelda, I hardly ever think of Minish Cap. The third game in the Four Swords trilogy, this game showed us the origin of the Four Sword. It was developed by Capcom, the only developer outside of Nintendo trusted with making Zelda games.
 
Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons
Negative World Community Rating: 9.04


Oh my, look at that! It's two other Capcom-developed Zelda games!

The two Oracle games were released at the same time, and players could carry their save file over from one game to the next. In our database, they're listed as two different games, but their scores are so close (Seasons- 9.05 and Ages- 9.03) that I decided to consolidate them into one entry to make more room on the top ten list. FOR YOU, DEAR READER.
 
The Legend of Zelda
Negative World Community Rating: 9.16


The game that started it all. I figured this one would be higher.

What else is there to say? Come on, it's Zelda.
 
Twilight Princess
Negative World Community Rating: 9.24


I wasn't sure whether to use the GameCube version of Twilight Princess (the definitive version, obviously) or the Wii version (which has more ratings). Luckily for me, the two games' scores are exactly the same. A divine prank, indeed.
 
Skyward Sword
Negative World Community Rating: 9.27


Just beating out Twilight Princess, we have Skyward Sword coming in at #6. Of course, Skyward Sword doesn't have nearly as many ratings as the other games on this list. Haven't you beaten it yet!?
 
The Wind Waker
Negative World Community Rating: 9.3


One of the most beautiful games ever created. Wind Waker was a huge departure from the traditional Zelda formula of... land. The sailing turned out to be very love it or hate it, especially with the huge fetch quest towards the end of the game.

Since when is there a "The" in the title?
 
Majora's Mask
Negative World Community Rating: 9.51


Arguably the most polarizing Zelda game to date- even moreso than Wind Waker. Majora's Mask's main gimmick was a 72-hour countdown that forced players to manage their time and use knowledge of future events to figure out what to do in the past. The game took place in a screwed-up world called Termina, aka pseudo-Hyrule. I doubt we'll ever see another Zelda game like Majora's Mask, for better or for worse.
 
Link's Awakening
Negative World Community Rating: 9.57


The first portable Zelda game, and a total cult classic. Like what Majora's Mask would do to Ocarina of Time, Link's Awakening took the world of A Link to the Past and turned it on its head. Yes, those are goombas.
 
A Link to the Past
Negative World Community Rating: 9.7


The third Zelda game ever released, A Link to the Past completely ignored Zelda II and returned to Zelda's roots to create one of the most cherished games of all time. A Link to the Past stands strongly as the best 2D Zelda. Which, of course, leaves only one option for the overall best Zelda game...
 
Ocarina of Time
Negative World Community Rating: 9.76


Surprised? I doubt it. Not only is Ocarina of Time Negative World's top rated Zelda game, it's our top rated game PERIOD. Topping countless "Best Game of All Time" lists, Ocarina of Time is a true masterpiece that will never be forgotten.
 
So what do you think? Disagree? Too bad, there's nothing you can do about it. Nah, I'm just messing. Head on over to the Game Database and start rating some games yourself! You just might make a difference.

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Posted: 02/21/12, 00:13:17  - Edited by 
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Disagree with Wind Waker's placement above TP and SS.

The rest is good.

Edit: fix pic #8
Posted: 02/21/12, 00:18:21  - Edited by 
 on: 02/21/12, 00:18:40
Seems mostly fair. Different order to my list but mostly the same- Apart from one exception. Remove LoZ, add Phantom Hourglass.

Phantom Hourglass haters!
Posted: 02/21/12, 00:32:10
Nicely placed top 10. The only thing I would change would be giving Majora's Mask the first place and Wind Waker the second.

Where is Zelda II?...

...Nobody likes Zelda II...
Posted: 02/21/12, 00:41:02
HammerLord said:


...Nobody likes Zelda II...

Its true!
Posted: 02/21/12, 00:53:45
Link to the Past got robbed. Robbed I say!

And Wii version of Twilight Princess > Gamecube version. Yeah I said it.
Posted: 02/21/12, 00:55:46
I still think Link's Awakening was better in monochrome to be honest.

What would be REALLY cool would be if the whole game was in monochrome, and is only in color at the end.
Posted: 02/21/12, 01:03:24
@HammerLord - Zelda II is my 8th favorite Zelda game. So while that's not terribly high up, that's still higher than half the Zelda games...

@Secret_Tunnel - Four Swords doesn't count as a Capcom-made Zelda game? I also think it's unfair to say that ALttP completely ignored AoL. After all, ALttP adopted multiple things that were introduced in AoL like the magic bar, spells, towns, sidequests (assuming you don't count LoZ's Letter as a sidequest), sword skills (the Spin Attack was in the SNES version, wasn't it?), and more.
Posted: 02/21/12, 01:56:04  - Edited by 
 on: 02/21/12, 01:58:28
Link to the Past because Link's hair was freaking awesome.
Posted: 02/21/12, 02:04:29
@V_s

I didn't know Four Swords was by Capcom. Interesting, I'll fix that.

I see ALttP as more of a natural evolution of LoZ. I guess AoL did introduce the magic bar though.
Posted: 02/21/12, 02:11:34  - Edited by 
 on: 02/21/12, 02:11:45
@HammerLord
I like Zelda II! And yes I've beaten it more than once.

Good list.

And why is the GameCube version of Twilight Princess the definitive version? The Wii version is in widescreen.
Posted: 02/21/12, 02:48:54
This top ten kind of surprised me, in a good-ish way, as everything lined up pretty nicely. Though with just my scores factored in, things would be a bit different/more accurate. I mean, A Link to the Past not at the top spot? And Link's Awakening not in second place? I'd also bump Minish Cap up, such a great game, and swap Twilight Princess with Skyward Sword. But still a great ranking as is. Oh, and yes, I agree that Wind Waker is perhaps one of the finest looking games ever. It just about nailed my vision of how the series and its characters should look.
Posted: 02/21/12, 02:58:15
Not a bad list. I'd put Link's Awakening at #1 and take out the original game and replace it with one of the DS games, personally.

Otherwise, no qualms from me really.

Also? GCN version of Twilight Princess is definitely the definitive version of the game. The Wii version is kind of a mess in comparison.
Posted: 02/21/12, 04:48:28
GameDadGrant said:
I'd take out... the original .

Why can't we rate users in the database? This post would automatically lower Grant to a 7.9
Posted: 02/21/12, 04:57:58
@WrathOfSamus777

Everything is flipped! Link is right-handed, the Triforce pieces are wrong, and Hyrule is geographically completely different! (Not that Hyrule's geography is that big of a deal to me from game to game, but it was pretty cool how Twilight Princess tried to be faithful to Ocarina of Time.)
Posted: 02/21/12, 05:05:29
@Secret_Tunnel - To be fair, Link is right-handed in SS and ambidextrous in at least the first two games, the Triforce pieces in TP aren't necessarily the Triforce pieces themselves (and AoL, OoX, and SS (and even the beginning of both versions of TP) have given Link Triforce marks that aren't just the right triangle being lit up, and Hyrule is geographically completely different in many of the games (e.g., OoT Hyrule vs. ST Hyrule vs. AoL Hyrule).
Posted: 02/21/12, 05:32:32
@Secret_Tunnel
Yeah but Link is right-handed in Skyward Sword too. The geography thing makes sense though.
Posted: 02/21/12, 06:49:57
@WrathOfSamus777

GCN also has full camera control. I still think the Wii version is better though.
Posted: 02/21/12, 08:52:24
Now that I think about it, why did Nintendo do that with the geography in TP? What was the point of doing that? What function does reversing the geography serve?
Posted: 02/21/12, 11:02:43
@WrathOfSamus777

To get Link to be right-handed. Probably easier to flip the whole game than to actually resolve it.
Posted: 02/21/12, 11:07:22
@WrathOfSamus777

Link has always been left-handed. But with motion controls having to cater for the majority population (yes Lefties, you're all freaks), they had to make him a righty.

For Skyward Sword this wasn't a problem as this was a decision made from the beginning. But Twilight Princess started on the Gamecube where Link was a originally Lefty. And apparently it was easier to simply mirror-flip the entire game rather than reprogram a right-handed model.

EDIT: What Stephen said. That'll teach me to dawdle on posts
Posted: 02/21/12, 11:23:59  - Edited by 
 on: 02/21/12, 11:24:37
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