Have you ever sat down with a cup of coffee and tried to list off all the Legend of Zelda games in order?
If you have, then this is the article for you… and I bet there’s a tonne in here that you have never even heard of!
From classic NES games to DS titles that hit 11 on the obscurity gauge, I’ve listed all the Legend of Zelda games in order for you to peruse over.
Yes, all 45 of them!
The very first Zelda title on the NES. This is the first time we ever became acquainted with the pointy-eared chosen one, alongside Ganon, Zelda, and the Triforce.
Imagine a world without the Triforce!
A direct sequel to the first Zelda game and the only direct sequel in the canon. Link and Impa go on a mission to find a sleeping Zelda after Link discovers a weird mark on his hand.
The catch; all the girls in the land are called Zelda. Great…
This Zelda Game & Watch dual-screen console recently made our list of the best Game & Watch games of all time, and it’s not hard to see why.
Heavily based on the first two games, play as link as you move between screens and seek out eight dragons in eight dungeons.
Now you too can be the hero of time… in a manner of speaking.
The Nelsonic Game Watch takes portable Zelda action to the next level, making time for Zelda time, all the time. This watch holds a simplified version of the very first Zelda game.
Now you can time yourself wile listing back all the Legend of Zelda games in order from memory!
One of the best SNES games ever made, A Link to the Past is an absolute tour de force. After an evil wizard manages to both save and imprison Hyrule (nice move…), Zelda asks for a hero to save the Kingdom.
No prizes for guessing who takes on the challenge!
It’s almost 30 years since Link first appeared on the Gameboy. Save Koholint Island from evil creatures and uncover the secret of the Wind Fish’s Egg!
Did you know that Link featured on other consoles other than bona fide Nintendo systems?
The Faces of Evil is the first of three games on the Phillips CDI. It dropped alongside the Wand of Gamelon on the same day. Head out to beat Ganon; job done!
Link was the star of The Faces of Evil, and as the title of this next game says, it was Zelda’s turn to take the reigns!
Alongside Impa, Zelda has to save both the King and Link when they don’t come back a battle.
The Wand of Gamelon was such a popular title that Zelda got another chance at the spotlight the year after. Zelda’s Adventure sees the Princess of Hyrule setting out to save the day once again!
Zelda no Densetsu is the Japanese release of the first Zelda home console title, featuring a Famicom save feature.
This one is a bit of en enigma. It’s the first spin off game in our list and one that doesn’t even feature Link as a character.
I know; bet you didn’t expect that!
This is a remake of the original Zelda game with voice actors and a character called BS taking the main role.
Oh yeah; when I said I was going to list all the Legend of Zelda games in order, I meant every single one!
You might have heard of this one under a different name; Zelda and the Ancient Stone Tablets. It’s another ‘remix’ of a previous game, a changed verstion of A Link to the Past with players taking a male or female character from the BS-X Network on an adventure.
This was the last BS Zelda game to drop on the Satellaview. It’s essentially a remake of A Link to the Past, this time with voice actors providing speech for the characters!
We all know this is the best of the best N64 games… if not the best game of all time!
Ocarina was Link’s first full 3D outing and a pivotal title of our time. It’s received more commendations than any game ever and regularly tops ‘best games’ lists to this day.
I get chills just thinking about it!
Turning Link’s Awakening colour was a bigger deal than any of you could ever imagine. Not only did it bring a new area to the fold, the Colour Dungeon, but it also gave the game a whole new lease of life!
It made it feel like a brand new game!
Collect masks, stop Skull Kid, and prevent the moon from falling. Majora’s Mask set a pretty high precedent for gaming in the noughties. Protect Clock Town and Termina from imminent destruction by going back and forth through time!
It’s time for two of the best Gameboy Color games of all time to enter the fray: Oracle of Ages & Oracle of Seasons!
Players have to play both games in order to fully understand the story, making it essential to buy both titles.
It would be rude not to!
Who could forget Link’s first-ever cel-shaded adventure, one of the best GameCube games of all time.
Take too the high seas while searching for your sister, picking up treasure and Triforce shards while battling badguys.
What could make Ocarina of Time better? How about a double disc with two enhanced versions, one of them harder than nails?
Master Quest sees the original adventure mirrored with harder bosses and more enemies to deal with. And of course, using the gamecube controller is much nicer than the old N64 claw grip.
This special edition game gives 4 titles for the price of 1. And the price was actually free; it came as either a part of a bundle or redeemable for points through the Nintendo rewards programme.
Play The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, Ocarina of Time & Majora’s Mask from one disc.
Did you know Capcom had a bash at making a Zelda game? Yep, it was The Minish Cap, a game that takes heavy inspiration from both A Link To The Past and Link’s Awakening.
Become acquainted with the pint-size Picori as you and your cranky hat beat bosses and save the land.
If you’re looking for a game with strong Ocarina feels and motion controls, then look no further. Save Hyrule from the perils of the Shadow Realm and stop Zant from causing havoc on the world of light.
Weirdly, like Jar-Jar Binks in the Star Wars canon, Tingle has become a bit of a cult character with people flocking to buy his stand alone games.
In this game, players must collect rupees while wandering around Rupeeland. Lse rupees, and you die. Talk about money being a matter of life or death, eh?
Following on from the stylings of the Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass takes place in the timeline that sees Link leaving Hyrule altogether.
Zelda plays a big part in this game too, unleashing Phantom Guardians as you move through the game’s dungeons.
I thought this was an article about all the Legend of Zelda games in order? Well, Tingle’s many games drop into that category too… unfortunately for most of us.
This is a remake of the original Balloon Flight game with Tingle as the main protagonist. It was only available through Nintendo Japan and their reward points program.
Links Crossbow Training gets a bad rap, but I love it. A shooting game where players use a crossbow instead of a gun, Hyrule action at it’s finest.
Fight Stalfos, Moblins, and many more enemies from the canon as you move through each level, knocking back wave after wave of enemy. Use the Wii-Zapper for the ultimate experience!
Finishing off the cel-shaded series, players use the stylus to move Link and trains around this wacky world.
This game is an odd one because it’s as far from the normal Zelda games as one could get when it comes to the controls, but it really works. A fresh new idea for the DS Zelda series.
5 Tingle mini games on one cart. Dekisugi Tingle Pack boasted cool DSI camera features and was available through the Nintendo reward points system.
It’s Tingle time… again. A man falls into a story book and becomes Tingle.
The aim of this game is to buy gifts for women and dance with a Princess… weird right?
This might be the 30th game in the canon, but it’s actually the first chronologically in the overall storyline. Start of on Skyloft and explore the unknown surface as you race to save Zelda.
This game brought lots of the ideas that would go on to feature in BotW.
Ocarina of Time 3D is the quintessential version of Ocarina of Time. Playing through Kokiri Forest, Dodango’s Cavern, and many more epic levels in 3D never gets old.
Seeing those Spiritual Stones spinning out of your screen is a sight to behold… almost literally!
One enemy, four links. Take four swords on the rampage after Shadow Link splits Link into four separate entities with the Four Sword.
This is a true couch-co-op classic and one of the best 4 player GameCube games of all time!
The worthy winner of our best 3DS RPGs, A Link Between Worlds is one of my favourite Zelda titles ever. It’s refreshing mechanic of being able to rent all the weapons at the very beginning is great and allows for full concentration on the compelling storyline.
If you didn’t think that cel-shaded graphics could get any more vibrant, then think again. This HD version of the GameCube classic is so pixel perfect that you could almost reach out and touch the people of Outset Island!
If wave after wave of enemies running at you and trying to kill is what you’re into, then Hyrule Warriors should be right up your street. Pick a classic character and go to war!
If you loved Four Swords, then Triforce Heroes will be a nostalgic blast from the past. Take three Links based on Spritual Stones through a mad world with classic Zelda enemies to battle.
Majora’s Mask was great on the N64, but with all of the elements highlighted in 3D, it gave it an incredible boost the made it 1000x times better. It’s almost like a brand new game, and taking it on the bus or playing on the toilet never gets old.
Twilight Princess HD is the quintessential version of the story. It looks beautiful on the Wii-U, and it’s so much nicer to play without the motion-controls.
For the sum of 1000 Nintendo coins, you too can get in on the Picross action. This Zelda themed Picross game is definitely one for the puzzle heads amongst you.
The greatest Zelda game of all time is also the most open-world Zelda game ever made too. If anyone out there hasn’t given this game a go yet, then stop reading this article now and grab it immediately.
No loading times, beautiful graphics, and sublime gameplay. It’s the gift that gives on giving.
What happens when you mix a famous rhythm-based game series with characters from the Legend of Zelda. The answer – Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the Necrodancer featuring the Legend of Zelda.
Play as either Link or Zelda while getting down to the beat everywhere from Hyrule Castle to Death Mountain!
Links Awakening in beast mode. This is the ultimate version of the classic adventure, beautifully recreated for the Nintendo Switch.
Ok, so it’s not BotW, but it never fails to put a smile on my face whenever I slot in. It’s still a great filler until BotW 2 drops too!
As Hyrule Warriors and BotW were such rip-roaring successes, it’s no surprise that the Hyrule Warriors sequel brought Ganon’s minions into the mix!
Pick from Link and his fellow champions, smashing Moblins, Guardians, and many more into the dust.
Those motion controls felt a little slap-dash when Skyward Sword first came out. Still, the HD version ironed out all the kinks and even provided the chance to play without them all together.
The game looks cleaner, it plays smoother, and it’s a fantastic enhancement, the version of Skyward Sword that we all deserve!
45. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (2022)
So it’s not actually out yet, but we can’t have all the Legend of Zelda games in order without including it!
We’ve all seen the BotW 2 footage, and we at Retro Dodo towers can’t wait to finally get our hands on it. That reverse raindrop move where Link shoots up through that crack looks amazing, and is Zelda going to get a bigger part this time? Only time will tell!
Congratulations; you’ve got through all of the Legend of Zelda games in order! I hope you’ve discovered some new titles and added a few to your collection.
Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.