In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Nintendo Power created a list of the top 20 games for each of Nintendo’s systems. Not surprisingly, games from the Legend of Zelda series were all over the place. Three Zelda titles nabbed the top spot of their respective systems: the original Legend of Zelda for the NES, A Link to the Past for the SNES, and Ocarina of Time for the N64.
Twilight Princess made the second spot for the Wii, second to only Super Mario Galaxy, and just beating out Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. On the GameCube, Resident Evil 4 finished just ahead of The Wind Waker, with Nintendo Power saying the following:
“Wind Waker’s amazing visuals make it one of the most distinct Zelda titles, and it plays as good as it looks. If it weren’t for the so-so sea travel, this might be our all-time in the series.”
For the Game Boy & Game Boy Color section, Tetris DX took home the top spot, just ahead of Link’s Awakening DX, with Oracles of Seasons and Oracle of Ages falling in just behind at the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.
Phantom Hourglass, having already won a handful of top game awards for the Nintendo DS, came in surprisingly at the 8th spot, with iNiS’s quirky Elite Beat Agents landing the top position. Not so surprisingly, however, was the placement of two of the more “offbeat” games in the series: Zelda II for the NES at #12 and Majora’s Mask for the N64 at #6.
Also featured in this month’s issue was a page that possibly hints at the next Zelda game. In the “next month” section in the end of the magazine lies the following page:
While that’s about as ambiguous as it gets, you never really know—there’s a chance that could be referring to the next Zelda game, right?