The Legend of Zelda (Series)

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The Legend of Zelda is a video game series created by Nintendo. All the main games follow the tale of the protagonist, Link. The first game in the series was The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo Entertainment System, where Link must rescue Princess Zelda from Ganon. As the series has evolved, Zelda and Ganon have returned in many other games.

Main Series



Spin-Off Games/Side Games

CD-i Games

In 1993, Philips gained the right to use several Nintendo characters, including Link, Zelda, and Mario. As a result, they released three Zelda games on the Philips CD-i. These games are not considered canon and are infamous for their poor quality.

Tingle Series

Satellaview Games

Three Zelda games were offered for download on the Satellaview add-on for the Super Famicom:

LCD Games


Features The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and a playable demo of The Wind Waker. Only released as part of a GameCube bundle.

Other Games Featuring Zelda Characters

Besides the main Zelda series and its spin-off games, Zelda characters have been featured in other video game series as well.

In addition, a significant number of games have Cameos of The Legend of Zelda.

Awards & Achievements

Guiness World Records 2010 Gamer's Edition

  • The Legend of Zelda came 3rd in 'Top 50 Videogame Series', just losing out to Call of Duty (2nd) and Halo (1st).
  • This makes it the highest-ranking Nintendo franchise on the list.
  • Ocarina of Time won 'Most Critically Acclaimed Game of All Time'.