Top Five Mini-Game Types in the Zelda Series

BrendaFebruary 19th, 2014 by Brenda

Money Making GaneThe Zelda games are rich with excellence in many different areas. Plot, side-quests, gameplay mechanics, items and landscapes all radiate with wonderful design. Amidst all of the other components of the games, there can be found fun, short activities which are completely independent from the storyline. These mini-games can be a pleasant break from Link’s quest, and can often provide just as much enjoyment as the actual game itself. Here is a look at the top five categories of mini-games in the entire Zelda series.

Because mini-games are almost always unimportant to the main story plot, ideas for these games are often reused from previous installments in the series. Therefore, it is difficult to pin down individual games to label as ‘the best,’ as there may be a group of games which are almost identical, and not every game would fit on the list. So, I have decided to compare mini-games in categories, and discuss each type of game and its standing in regards to the others. But before the games can be compared to each other, there must be a standard by which the games are judged. In this situation, the games will be judged based on the smoothness and flow of the gameplay and the level of creativity with which they are carried out.

#5. Puzzle Games

The Zelda series is famous for its integration of puzzles into its gameplay. It is only appropriate that a few of its abundant mini-games should have this same theme. For example, Thrill Digger from Skyward Sword is a variation of minesweeper, which is a puzzle that is based on addition and logic, and there is a sliding puzzle on Link’s Oasis in The Wind Waker. The flow of these games is usually extremely good, since the rules of play tend to be simple. They are generally located in a remote area, tucked away as a sort of pit stop in Link’s journey. They are creative in design, and fit right in with their backgrounds (for instance, Thrill Digger is located in a cave full of rupee ore). Each puzzle has been redesigned so that the concept is the same but it feels much more like it belongs in a fantastical quest. However, the types of puzzles used are very common, and could be played outside of the series. In fact, with most of these mini-games, it would make more sense to simply play them either online or in real life. So, although these games are impractical to take time to play within the games, they are charming and fun, and a good, simple starter to the list.

#4. Collection Games

In this type of mini-game, players are given an amount of items to collect and a limited time in which to collect them. Some examples of mini-games which fall into this category are the diving game in Ocarina of Time, and the Cucco gathering game, run by Anju from The Minish Cap. There is a lot of room for error in regards to these games, and it is very easy for the controls to become choppy and incredibly frustrating. The Zelda series pulls off these games very well, and with quite a bit of originality in their design. Each variation of the collection mini-game has an interesting theme which makes sense based on its location. These games are more than the random gathering of basic objects while being timed; Link may be diving down a magnificent waterfall to scoop up the hidden treasures which lie below or he might be herding up some stray Cuccos for pocket money, which might evoke memories of simplistic childhood. The only drawback to this type of mini-game is that it is not particularly engaging. It can be fun for a few minutes, but it is not likely to get players excited to come back to it again and again. All in all, this category of games is a fun and quirky diversion from the main storyline, but has little impact on the player overall.

#3. Shooting Games

SwampShootingGalleryThe Zelda series is typically considered to be an adventure game, but it manages to reliably include many different styles of gameplay and a large variety of settings and themes. One of the most recurring bonus features in the series is the archery mini-game, in which Link simply shoots at targets until he runs out of either time or ammunition. Some examples are the fish-shooting mini-game in The Wind Waker and Fledge’s Pumpkin Toss in Skyward Sword. There are plenty of variations on this theme, for example, Link could be firing a cannon, throwing bombs or shooting a bow, he could be on horseback, he could be aiming at targets, pots, poles, dummies, balloons or living enemies, he could do it for money or for recreation, and sometimes for both, but the main idea stays the same. As the series has progressed, the controls for this sort of game have gotten better and better. There was even a spin-off of Twilight Princess, Link’s Crossbow Training, which was based solely on this concept. The various spins which the designers take on this game are quite creative as well. I actually got a bit obsessed at one point with trying to beat both of the shooting ranges in Majora’s Mask. I love these types of mini-games, and I think that they deserve full credit, but there are two more categories which manage to score even higher on the list, based on the given criteria. Overall, shooting games are quirky and engaging, they flow smoothly, and I personally enjoy them quite a bit.

#2. Motion Control-Based Games

With the introduction of the Wii in 2006, the mini-games in the Zelda series began to evolve in order to adapt to the new element of Motion Control. Now, Motion Control is a bit of a tricky subject, as there is a fine line between the enjoyably challenging and the insanely frustrating. This element, especially in Skyward Sword, has been known to drive people crazy, but this is generally not the case in terms of the mini-games, which tend to be pretty simplistic. Instances of games which use Motion Control include Rollgoal from Twilight Princess and Dodoh’s Freefall from Skyward Sword. Both of these games can be really aggravating if they are played for too long, but the controls are actually quite good and are certainly very precise. What makes these games really special is that there are lots of different ways that Motion Control can be used in a mini-game, a topic which Nintendo has done a thorough job of exploring. All of these games are so different from each other, and that’s what makes them so cool. So, although the controls can be annoying, Motion Control games are still new and interesting, as well as fluent and fun.

#1. Racing Games

GormanRacetrackAt number one sits a tried and true classic, onto which video games fall time and time again. The Zelda series has many such mini-games, including the race against Ingo in Ocarina of Time and the Goron Races in Majora’s Mask. It would seem logical that, after having been done so many times, this type of mini-game would start to lose its appeal. But, no matter how many times these games are released, players always clamor for more. It makes sense that the games in the Zelda series would be able to pull off some races of their own, especially considering how well they tend to present their other mini-games. The controls for these games are excellent, particularly when you consider the limitations of some of the older consoles. The Goron Races are remarkably smooth, and the way that Goron Link rolls gives the impression of a rush of speed and incredible agility, which added to the overall effect. But the thing that I really love about these games is the creativity with which they were designed. The idea of a race has been done and overdone so many times that few themes remain which could be effectively utilized. Yet each race in the Zelda games feels so new and innovative. It’s really impressive to see such a common game revamped in such exciting ways. That is why this type of mini-game has claimed first place in my personal list of the top five mini-games in the Zelda series.

But that’s only my opinion. Which type of mini-game is your favorite? And, better yet, what kinds of mini-games do you think the series should include in the future? Leave your ideas in the comments below!

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  • UltimateTankOP

    Worst minigame type: Luck based games

    Why are random number generators such jerks?

    • KittehCatten

      In the original, on Wii U VC, just save state,go in, (lose money, load state) (win money,save state), PROFIT!

      • The Master Sword

        It’s technically cheating, but I still did it. I find using save states to get around things that only consume time fine, just not if you die or lose health or something like that. Something that only speeds up what would just be an annoying, time consuming, repetitive task is fine. That’s one of the reasons I find E-Crystal farming and weapon levelling-up in Mega Man Zero 1-2 so goddamn annoying….

    • Linebeck’s-Girlfriend-Skyla

      nuh uh

  • Link58

    My favorite mini game is rescuing the gorons from the pirates in spirt tracks.

  • True

    My favorite mini-game in Zelda, would be in Wind Waker, the cannon one. I mean the guy who runs it – forgot his name- ACTS the whole thing out for not to mention those sound effects… SPLEESH! KA-BOOM!

  • Cubemaster

    What I don’t understand is, why is the mail sorting in Wind Waker so addicting?

  • Nikokiri

    If you can call it a mini-game, the auction house in The Wind Waker HD is the worst ever!!

    The best one is probably Fledge’s bow and arrow mini-game in Skyward Sword. Challenging and addicting.

    • Masterwarrior

      ikr! i find that mini game really fun

    • The pirate Tetra

      I like that game!

    • KittehCatten

      I enjoyed that mini-game.
      Argue.

      • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

        R U Serious?

        • KittehCatten

          Funny.
          EXTREMELY HILARIOUS.

          • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

            Oh, just saw your profile pic, and realized you were serious XD

          • KittehCatten

            rawr.

          • KittehCatten

            damn gif wont play.

        • KittehCatten

          I thought it was fun predicting what they would do. Figuring out the right timing. Stroking my kitten when I won.

    • Zoltier853

      I HATE Fledge’s Pumpkin Pull! It’s so hard!

  • Reincarnation_of_Link

    Omg the Goron racing was the best thing the LoZ creators ever thought of :D

    • Village Global

      The fact that winning the race led to gold dust/new sword made it even more epic to achieve.

  • hollander

    Pff, the mini game called hyrule hotfoot is de worst of all,
    one of the worst of all.

  • hollander

    hyrule hotfoot is HARD

    • ZeldaFan70096

      ikr?

      • hollander

        What?

    • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

      …Huh. Really? I got both times on my first try. It’s all about knowing the right path.

      • Zoltier853

        Is there a video for it? If so, I want the link.

        • Guest

          You can probably just search “Hyrule Hotfoot” in Youtube or something. I found this.

        • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

          As someone posted below, there’s a way to cheat at it. However, I still found it pretty easily doing it legitimately. (Use the pegasus boots the entire time) You just go down, then left, then up (to get around Lake Hylia). Then you just go up past the right side of your house, then left past Hyrule Castle, then up all the way to the end. It was pretty easy for me.

      • hollander

        It’s all about luck, and the right path,
        I figured the path out during the first try,
        and sometimes, a stupid knight, attacked me, or
        I turned, and exactly at that time the knight attacked me,
        and those trees, I don’t like them.

    • UltimateTankOP

      Go to Lorule, use the broom, go back to Hyrule, mission accomplished.

      • Zoltier853

        Does that work? I hope it does.

        • UltimateTankOP
          • Churze

            That was beautiful. One of my favorite things about ALBW is manipulating the game like this. You know the Hookshot room in Lorule Castle? I can do it without the Hookshot. It is just immensely difficult and frustrating.
            P.S You can buy a 3DS capture card to record better.

          • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

            He’s not the one in the video, so the advice you’re giving him doesn’t really apply here. Also, capture cards are pretty darn expensive. Like, 100 dollars more than a 3DS itself.

          • Churze

            o_o
            I had no idea…

      • hollander

        I’ve made it already, and btw
        what you’re saying doesn’t work,
        more people came up with that idea in vain.

  • ZeldaFan70096

    HATED racing games. Horrible things; whenever I lose I get pissed off.

    • The Master Sword

      That’s not the game’s fault, that’s you not being good at what (no offense, really…) is a really very easy minigame, and you having a short frustration span…

  • Yepper (the kindly waffle)

    i liked the racing games in the 64 games
    P.S.
    Man thos ign modz are everywhere, they sure do keep you on your toes when you are trolling them XD

    • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

      your trolling IGN? cool, can you send me a link to the article your trolling?

      • KittehCatten

        Just look to your right.

        • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

          what? there is nothing to my right other than a wall…

          • KittehCatten

            look harder

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            still nothing…

          • KittehCatten

            try opening your new tab.

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            what do you mean?

          • KittehCatten

            ehrpen noo tabz and sewch da fiew tempaw mawd fow L4D2 i thinkz

          • KittehCatten

            it is to your right.

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            can you just send me a link? that would be nice

          • KittehCatten
          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            thanks

          • KittehCatten

            It took me fifty-eight hours to find a kitten.
            You are certainly not welcome.

          • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

            okay then…

          • The Doctor

            Woah! I found another OPOT over there at that link!

            Sort by “Best,” and it should be the seventh comment down (not including replies).

          • michkori

            There’s two OPOTs O.O oh God we are DOOMED i tell you

  • Nikki

    The hardest game out of the choices above that I’ve done is the racing with Malon’s time. I like the mail game in WW. I also like the shooting games(even though I could never score enough points to get the reward-and I managed to hit the witch more than the targets on MM). I’m okay with the collection games, but not very good with the motion controlled games-I need to practice with the motion controlled games(so I can get better at the motion controlled games)-especially so I can get the heart piece on SS with that game. I’m horrible at puzzle games! Especially the sliding puzzle games! I can’t even do the sliding puzzle games in real life!

    The worst mini-game that I’ve done and not sure what category it falls into is the baseball game on ALBW. Trying to get 100 points to get the heart piece is difficult! I’ve also done the cuckoo dodge game and that’s hard too! Never even got past first level-not good at dodging cuckoos.

    • Zoltier853

      Practice on Dodge the Cuccos and you’ll get good at it. I agree with Octoball Derby. IT’S SO HARD! Somehow I got 82, but I can’t even get 50!

      • Nikki

        The mail game was hard for me on the Wii U. It was fun though! Haven’t tried it on the gamecube version of the game. I wonder what categories those games fall into.

        • Zoltier853

          It’s hard on the Gamecube.

      • RennanNT

        About the octoball, 3 important tips:
        1 – golden jar is mostly useless, focus only on breaking 3 jar and hitting the bird..
        2 – Leave those jars with other jars at their side to be the 3rd on the sequence as you don’t want to miss due a small mistake..
        3 – train your timing principally for the middle and the end pots (so that you don’t ever miss the bird in the 2 chances you have).

        Following this, I was always getting 80+, though it took some minutes to get the 100+ (wouldn’t have been so long if I didn’t missed the last ball when I had 99… so frustrating).

        • The Master Sword

          Actually, when I did it, I almost went exclusively for the golden jar. It respawns every time you hit it, and after every three hits, you get the Guay, getting you 35 rupees in just under half a minute. When the spots for the jar to respawn run out, hit one of the crabs, rinse and repeat.

          • RennanNT

            That would be the best way, but anyone who can do that doesn’t need tips.

            If you can’t always hit the exact jar you are aiming for, then its way better to just make sure you don’t miss instead of risking it for the golden jar, because you just need 5 Guay (4, if you get 2 golden among the 12 in the sequence). After giving up the golden, I went from 40~70 to 80+ almost immediately.

          • The Master Sword

            True. I guess it really just has to do with how good you are at aiming. I’m a fast learner, and I picked up what angle hit what jar, but I still had some problems, and the aiming is very finicky and weird, so I get how that would be easier.

    • Churze

      How is baseball the worst mini-game? Just because it had a steep learning curve? It was difficult, but fair. I actually think that is one of the best mini-games to date. It has a (as I just said) steep learning curve (which I love) and was difficult to master. Getting the highest score possible is a challenge that I look forward to taking.
      It’s a shame we live in a day and age were something is considered bad just for being hard…of course, assuming that you were saying the game was bad, not that you just didn’t like it.

      • Nikki

        I loved the game itself! I just think that the worst mini-game(that I’ve done) is the baseball, mainly because I couldn’t figure out how to work the bat to be able to hit the ball or I would accidentally hit the crab when I didn’t need the pots reset, or I would miss the bird when trying to get to 100 points. I just didn’t like the baseball mini-game. But then again, it could match the Fun Fun Island one for difficulty(at least for me).

  • Karlo Truta

    i think in zelda twilight princes yeta race was hardest xD

    • Ghirahim

      I actually found that quite easy. Roll goal on the other hand… lets not talk about that.

      • The Doctor

        If that’s the one to get the Frog Lure, then I completely agree!!!!!!!!!!

  • OcarinaPlayerOfTime
    • michkori

      You only like the star game because of the Tingle look a like that runs it :p

      • OcarinaPlayerOfTime

        maybe….. xP

        • Linebeck’s-Girlfriend-Skyla

          by maybe do you mean yes?

          • OcarinaPlayerOfTime

            I’m just joking around. I like the game for what it is, hookshooting to get some stars, it’s a lot of fun

          • michkori

            Don’t lie. You like it more because the realistic version of Tingle. XD

          • OcarinaPlayerOfTime

            I’m not lying lol

          • The pirate Tetra

            You mean this guy…

          • Hero of Time

            When I first played that mini-game, I only used my one claw shot because I didn’t have my double claw shot yet. I was thinking, ”How in the World am I supposed to beat this mini-game?” But, I just kept tiring with my one claw shot anyway.

    • Essence Of The Triforce

      That one was hard.

      • OcarinaPlayerOfTime

        With the double clawshot, it’s an absolute blast

        • Essence Of The Triforce

          Yeah!

    • The Doctor

      That one was great, and the reward was well worth the trouble.

  • Biggie

    NOOOOOOOOO!!! NOT THE SHOOTING GALLERIES!!!!!! SOO MUCH PAIN!!!!!

    • Shootdatrupee!…

      Ah yes. Does my name remind you of anything?

      • Linebeck’s-Girlfriend-Skyla

        Yup!

      • The Doctor

        “This is a game for grownups! Hyrule’s famous shooting gallery!”

  • Ghirahim

    I enjoy some minigames in Zelda, but a large number of them were… maddening.

    • Biggie

      *cough* town shooting gallery *cough*

      • Ghirahim

        *cough* roll goal *cough*

        • Biggie

          I bet since your Ghirahim your least favorite mini-game is when Link wins.

          • Ghirahim

            Link winning doesn’t help but I played it once (don’t ask how) and it made me feel FURIOUS! OUTRAGED! SICK WITH ANGER!

          • Biggie

            You wanted to beat him within INCHES of his life!!

          • Ghirahim

            Yes. I want to make his ears bleed from the sound of his own shrill screams!

          • Linebeck’s-Girlfriend-Skyla

            And when you defeat him your heart will be filled with rainbows!

          • The pirate Tetra

            Poor Link :(

          • Ghirahim

            He deserves it.

          • The pirate Tetra

            Why?

          • Ghirahim

            He found what was supposedly a new world and then began murdering the native population because he thought they were barbaric and of lower intelligence. Remind you of anything? Also, he beat me in a fight, and anyone who does that shall be slain.

        • Village Global

          I spent a whole summer completing roll goal…see what I did there? =)

  • Biggie

    goron races was my favorite, along with bombachu bowling.

    • StationaryBomb

      Goron races I liked because it was so competitive, Bombachu bowling I liked because it was about timing and skill :)

    • The pirate Tetra

      I was horrible at bombchu bowling! XD

  • Village Global

    I’m very surprised fishing (Oot, TP) and Canoe river descent/shooting game (TP) are not in this article. Those are my favorites, in addition of the Goron race (MM).

    • Nikki

      I actually don’t like the fishing. I always either catch too small of fish or they get away from me while reeling it in. Especially when trying to get the golden scale in OOT. I didn’t like it in TP either(at least the first time)-mainly it was trying to figure out the controls on how to do the fishing which confused me(for both OOT and TP).

      • Village Global

        I agree that fishing in TP was poorly introduced.You can’t continue the game until you lead that cat home with that fish, I had a hard time figuring it out the first playthrough. Otherwise I found it very nice that you could fish in the overworld and that they included fishing in the story development (the Zora Prince part).
        As for the golden scale, much patience is required to obtain it, but hey patience is a big part of fishing isn’t it?

        • Nikki

          It sure is! I haven’t gotten to the Zora Prince part yet(am lazy-still on monkeys and planning on restarting it with playing it on the Wii U instead of the Wii).

        • Churze

          Interesting story about that first cat fish. See, TP was my 3rd (2nd? I can’t remember if I played PH or TP after WW) Zelda game, so I was still pretty new. And I was only like 8 at that time. So here’s what happened. Got the game in the summer after Brawl came out and I was pretty hyped cuz I got to see all those trophies in Brawl. I turned the game on and WOO I was off. Then the fish came along. I caught the first one. Then I couldn’t catch the second one for the life of me. Why? I forgot how (somehow). Whenever I got it on my line I would wave the wii remote wildly to try and bring it up. Little did I know that you just had to hold the remote in an elevated position. But in the end I had to wait 2 weeks untile one of my sister’s friends came over and showed me how to do it.
          So there’s that.

      • The pirate Tetra

        I hate fishing in Oot too. I really suck at it and I always got the small fish and I never got the golden scale in Oot. At first in Tp I hated it and it took me along time to figure out how to fish properly. I think I figured it out on my third play through of Tp but I do like how you have to catch the Reekfish in Tp.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/elijahmowattlarssen Elijah Mowatt-Larssen

    Zelda has some awesome minigames. I think that’s one of the many reasons I like Majora’s Mask a lot.

    • http://superealmedia.com/ Defender of Hyrule

      I did a post a while ago here on a video I made of the top 5 fun things to do in Majora’s Mask when you should be saving Termina. It should still be around here somewhere

  • The Master Sword

    I never found any trouble with any of the motion control things! If you did, it wasn’t the game, it was your Wiimote or the positioning of the sensor bar.
    Anyway, I do love the minigames. I Loved the shooting games, like the Pumpkin Toss or the Horseback Shooting. I also really liked the Fun Fun Island game. It could be really frustrating, but if you’re good at it, it can be really fun and you can make money really easily.

    • Nikki

      I’m just not good at the Fun Fun Island game. I need to practice that one. I can never get Link to go through all the loops and land on the 50 square to get the piece of heart. Same thing with the Pumpkin Toss. Horseback Shooting I liked.

      • The Master Sword

        I know what you mean. Every time I did it, it took me at least 10 times to get the landing right. You have to time it right, and aim directly down, but still try to follow the wheel slightly. And with the pumpkin toss, that was really hard. there’s the fact that the aiming of shooting is SS is a bit floaty, and there’s also having to account for the trajectory, arc, and speed of the pumpkin. Really, just use your instincts and don’t think too much.

  • K2L

    For me, Majora’s Mask has the best collection of minigames in the series, followed by Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword. =)

  • Hero of Time

    This is just me but, I always hated the shooting games. I STINK at them!

    • Essence Of The Triforce

      Me too.

      • Hero of Time

        For me, it was the shooting games on the N64 because its kinda hard to aim with that controller.

        • Essence Of The Triforce

          Yes, it got a lot better with motion controls.

  • Sean Gadus

    Love shooting games! Love mini games in general.

  • The Doctor

    Is it just me, or is the Fun Fun Island Mini Game even more frustrating than Flappy Bird?

    • StationaryBomb

      Ummm. Yeah! Darn you motion controllszz… It wasn’t the motion controlls I just sucked at it :P

      • The Doctor

        No. It was the song and the idiot who was in charge of the game.

        • StationaryBomb

          XD if you put it that way than I couldn’t agree more!

          • The Doctor

            Real quick question. Lately, every time I vote on Disqus, then reload the page, it doesn’t show my upvote (or downvote). It does on other sites though, just not this one. I contacted ZD the other day about and am waiting for an answer. I’m guessing they accidentally disabled my voting, if that’s even possible.

            So anyways, what I was wondering is if you can see my votes (I just upvoted your comment). If you can’t, then I guess something is wrong.

          • StationaryBomb

            Its not upvoted, it must be a problem on your end. But if it wasn’t if you, if you upvote and refresh it wont display, you have to exit and renter.

          • The Doctor

            Yeah, I’ve been doing that too. My votes show up on ZI and ZU, but not ZD, which sucks because ZD is the best.

    • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

      I played it for 4 hours straight and couldn’t get it… then the next day did it first try…

      • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

        I’m talking about the heart piece

  • The Doctor

    The best mini-game EVER is the bow and arrow one in PH on Mercay island!

    • Goldie

      That one is IMPOSSIBLE!

      • StationaryBomb

        Its kind of hard/cheap, darn you random little girl *grumble -50 points grumble*

    • StationaryBomb

      I got all the gold parts there :)

      • The Doctor

        I ALMOST did. I could never get the golden canon or chimney.

    • Zaptoid

      I don’t remember that one. I’ve been planning on moving to that game again after I beet ALttP for my 1st time. How do I get to that minigame.

  • http://gamextc.us/ XTC

    Race = Rage to me. Haha

  • StationaryBomb

    Old Man: LETS PLAY A MONEY MAKING GAME!
    Link: OKAY! *-50* FUFUFUFUFUFU!
    Old Man:I meant by money making for me, not for you stupid.
    Link: *cries*

  • Yepper is reborn

    …..

    • http://theyoshifansite.webs.com/ YoshiFan101

      you aren’t the real yepper

  • DestroyerOfClockTown

    Mini games either absorb most of my gaming time or piss me off to no end.

    • The Legend of Link

      I know. The worst is the Octorock shooting range in MM. I did that mini game for three days straight and not a three day cycle, real days.

      • zeldamonsuperwholock origami

        You mean albw?

        • The Legend of Link

          No, Majora’s Mask.

      • MMfreak

        I hate that one! Suposedly, the one in the swamo is suposed to be the hardest, but the Octorock one is TERRIBLE.

        • The Legend of Link

          I KNOW! I beat the swamp shooting range in an hour or two.

    • The pirate Tetra

      I know right.

  • The pirate Tetra

    My favorite mini games are racing games!

  • Farore’s Chosen

    My favorite minigame is snowboarding with Yetta and Yetto in Twilight Princess and Trendy game from Link’s Awakening DX.

  • Tanktup

    I’m gonna go with the less popular answer here and say I really like the goron target range in spirit tracks.

  • Rito_Postman

    My all time favourite mini game is the Dodoh ball skydiving one from Skyward Sword. It frustrated the hell out of me for weeks and I could never land on the 50 rupee space. I would yell and swear at the TV, and almost threw my motion control through the screen. Then one day I glided down, straight through the middle of all the rings, right onto the 50 rupee square. Perfectly in the middle! The only mini game in Zelda that’s made me pump my fist and yell “F*ck yeah!”

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  • Obsessed with Zelda

    I love Zelda mini-games although the order of the type of mini-game, from worst to best is 2,5,4,3,1, and my all time fav. is the race against Ingo in OOT. I just wish you could do it more than twice.