Well gamers, it is well known at this point that The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild is being called one of the best games of all time in the series. Long-time fans and newcomers alike are diving headfirst into this new adventure. Yes, there are yet many of those out there who have never played a game in the long-running series. This should not be so surprising. After all, when a series has been around as long as Zelda, it can be overwhelming.
But have no fear! For those that have never played a game in the series, I have very good news. Hardcore fans will tell you that there is an official timeline that shows how all the games are connected. This is true, but such a timeline only exists for those that truly care about the series as a whole. That said, where a Zelda game falls in this timeline is always something that is considered later. Rather, it is the individual stories that each game contains that matters.
So, what does this mean? Simply put, it means you can really start on any Zelda game and enjoy that individual story! That being said, if you are planning to play multiple games in the series, there are some really good entries to start from. These entries will tell you what the series is about, and a good feeling of how the overall story of Zelda is. To be frank, Breath of the Wild is easily one of the best entries to get into. But if you have read this far in the article, you either haven’t played it for whatever reason, or simply want to know some other good entry Zelda games. So, without further ado, here’s the top 5 best Legend of Zelda games to start from aside from Breath of the Wild!
The Legend Of Zelda (NES)
It should go without saying, but yes, starting from the very beginning is a great choice! If you are lover of retro games, then you can’t go wrong starting with the NES original. If you are not a lover of retro games however, this will be a rough entry to get into, make no mistake. Games in the series have taken the formula introduced here and continued to expand on them. So, if you like to see where it all started, check it out. If not, don’t fret. As an NES game, the plot was extremely light, and you’ll miss nothing skipping it.
You can grab the game on every edition of the Virtual Console service. There also exists a Game Boy Advance port, and it is one of four games available on The Legend of Zelda Collection’s Edition for the Gamecube IF you can find it. And of course, you can get it on the original NES system or the NES Classic Edition if you have either…
The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past
A Link to the Past is considered one of the best games in the series, and for very good reason. Expanding on the original with 16-bit graphics and a story with actual substance (for its time), and a myriad of new mechanics, this game was the textbook example of what a next console generation entry should be. The game definitely still falls in the retro category, so if that is not your thing, it might not be for you, but for everyone else, this is a fantastic place to start! In fact, only one other Zelda game before Breath of the Wild has been held in higher esteem…
The best way to enjoy this game is the GBA Port of it, but the Virtual Console release or the original SNES release will do just fine as well.
The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
This is the game I was referring to, but no surprise, right? It is nearly impossible to get into an extended conversation with a Zelda fan without Ocarina of Time getting brought up. Besides the obvious of being the first in the series to feature 3D models, The story was ramped up, the world was full…even today, the game holds up very well. This was the first Zelda game for many people, and it is definitely one of the best of the best.
The absolute best way to experience this game is the remake made for 3DS. If you don’t own a 3DS or simply don’t like playing games on handheld, the game can also be gotten on the N64, on the Gamecube as part of the Collector’s Edition or in a bundle with a harder version called Master Quest, and on the Wii and Wii U Virtual Console.
The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess
A bit of a controversial choice, as many fans would recommend entries such as Ocarina of Time first. Nevertheless, for newcomers who would like a more modern looking console title, this will fit the bill. This title was well known for being darker than most of the titles in the series, and having a world much bigger than any other titles, save for Breath of the Wild. Ultimately, while there are better choices, this is still a solid first Zelda game.
The best version of this game is the HD port for Wii U. If you don’t own one, the game is also available on the Wii and Gamecube.
The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Last but not least, Skyward Sword is a very good entry for those who plan to play other titles in the series. The reason for this is that currently, this game is the earliest in the official timeline. At the time of its release, this game was considered one of the more plot heavier games. In addition, with the art style, the game still looks very good from a visual standpoint. If you’re looking to play the absolute last original console games in the series before Breath of the Wild, this is it.
The game is available on the Wii and the Wii U eShop.
And that’s it! If you want to jump in to the series, any of these games are great places to start. Hope this inspires new players to pick up the sword and go on the adventure of a lifetime. What game in the series will you play, newcomers? If you have played a Zelda game, which was your first? Let us know, at @Wtfgamersonly, or let me know on twitter! Happy Adventuring!