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The Legend of Zelda is a series of games (also a failed TV series and lots of parodies) that follows our main character, Link. There are 19 games so far in this series,(20 if you live in Japan) one of them is still unreleased. The games are as follows:
This series is set in the land of Hyrule, where the princess Zelda lives. The backstories for Link vary from game to game as well as Gannon (See my timeline for more info). The games vary greatly in all aspects, but all are pretty difficult adventure games with the same characters(mostly). If you haven't played any of the games already, be prepared for puzzles and difficult boss-fights. Scroll down for more on the actual characters and enemies. (Not including bosses) This game series has been around since 1986, a total of 29 years.
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Anyways, this game series is really old, like almost 30 (28 to be exact) and so far its my favorite series of all time. It's the first game i can truly remember playing, besides that stupid shrek fighting game. Enough about me though, lets focus on the games. The first game (The Legend of Zelda) came out in 1987, obviously, and it was really simple. It was just a little game and you walk around and kill stuff in, but with a purpose. There's boss fights and puzzles and all that good stuff. It was a total gaming breakthrough back then. The second game ( Zelda II: Link's Awakening) was terrible, don't play it. The graphics were worse than the first one, it was a stupid side scroller, it was about half the length of the first, it was easy but frustrating, you could tell they just absolutely bs'd it all. Somehow, though they still had the budget to make a third one. (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past) Now, I personally have not played this game since a bit after it was re-released in 2002, so I have no real recollection of it, but I know it is a lot like the first game, decent 64-bit graphics, a good story line and difficult puzzles and boss fights and all that good stuff. Now the very next year, they released another, Link's Awakening. I have flat out never played this one so I have no real opinion, but I know the graphics jumped up in quality, and like the other games it had the puzzles and fights, etc. Now, five years later, Ocarina Of Time was released, and thats when the graphics got decent. Well if you call the cheesy and scary 3d graphics of 1998 decent, then yeah. Anyways, this was a major jump from the previous game, the graphics got better, the platforming got more in-depth, and the fighting got more realistic. But, it was only improved on in the next series of the game; Majora's Mask; was released. Now, many people consider Majora's Mask to be one of the best games of the series. (I disagree, Wind Waker and Twilight Princess are by-far the best) Now, this game has one major difference from the others before it. Gannondorf is not the main boss in this one, in all the previous games Gannon is the main protagonist, in this one, the main protagonist is a "person" named Skull Kid. Now, it's besides the fact that Gannon used some stuff to mind controll him and whatnot, but all the bad stuff was caused by Skull Kid. Don't get me wrong, the final boss is still Gannon, but the main protagonist is Skull Kid. Anyways, its similar to all the others, hard puzzles, boss fights, etc. Next comes Oracle of Ages, as well as Oracle of Seasons, both released in 2001, one year after Majora's Mask. I haven't played either so i have no biased opinion on them. They have continually better graphics as usual, boss fights, puzzles, the usual. But, there is something special about them. They're linked together, after beating one, it is continued in the second one. (I.E when Oracle of Seasons is beat, it continues in Oracle of Ages, or visa versa) One other thing about the Oracle games, they're not in 3Draphics, they are pixelated, but it gives a feel of nostalgia. On to the next game, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords. This game still is not 3D, but it isn't pixelated either, it has good graphics it just isnt 3D. There's only one slight thing that happens in this. You start out as one Link, then stuff happens and then you're four, different colored, quite dapper looking Links. The story line and actual game is pretty much the same as all the others (I.E bossfights, puzzles, etc) Although, I should take a quick moment to explain the story line. Okay so the story line for pretty much every game in this series is: Gannon comes to our world/ gets revived/ however Gannon manages to get to Hyrule. Then Gannon messes some crap up and Zelda is either captured, in hiding, or helping Link get to Gannon. Link goes through a bunch of dungeons until he gets to Gannon's and then he kills Gannon. (again) Yeah I get I'm honestly making these games seem boring and dull, but each game is unique in gameplay, and the dungeons are never crappy re-skins like other games (cough cough Dragon Age II cough cough) and each game has it's own side questing system and upgrading system and it's really just an amazing series thats way better than i'm making it out to be. Anyways the next game is my personal favorite, and it really sets a whole new perspective, if you will, on the series. This game is The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. This game is actually not set in Hyrule like all the other ones. Also, a vast majority of time is spent on a ship, and probably only about 1/3 of the actual game is on land. It's pretty much the same as all the others, but it is in 3D unlike the previous two. The next game is Four Swords Adventure. This obviously is a continuation of the Four Swords, in a way. It cut out 3D graphics from this one, so its just on a 2D plain. Everything else is similar, Gannon final boss, puzzles, fighting, all that wonderful stuff. Next game is The Minish Cap, it is also a 2D game, this series seems to jump around back and fourth the two. The game is almost the same, besides the fact you are a little pixie and you have a goose on your head. Anyways onto the next, my second favorite, Twilight Princess. This game goes back to 3D, and to me it is one of the hardest games to beat in this whole series. There is one thing not normal about this though, and that's the fact that you are a wolf stuck in another dimension half the time. Also, just like Majora's Mask, the "main boss" is just another person under the influence of Gannon, but Gannon still remains the final boss. The next game is a game not realeased on the Wii or anything, but rather a handheld device. The Phantom Hourglass was released on the DS. It has one thing in common with Wind Waker, and that's the fact that you're on a boat for half the game. Okay, that may be much but you are on a boat a seemingly lot. This one also has Gannon main boss, puzzles and fighting and all that stuff. The next game is Spirit Tracks, and it was also on the DS. In my opinion it was a lot like Phantom Hourglass, but instead of a boat it's a train. It's the same in all other aspects. (I.E bpssfights, puzzles, etc.) The next game is Skyward Sword, which was again made on a 3D platform. This game takes place in a world that's up in the sky. You ride around on a bird a lot. Zelda gets kidnapped, and you leave to the surface world to look for her, occasionally going back into the sky world. Gannon main boss, puzzles, all that good stuff. The next game is A Link Between Worlds, which was released on the 3DS, with 3D graphics. It really isn't anything special, same stuff as always in the games. The next game is a fairly new game, released in 2015, this year. This game is Tri Force Heroes, I personally haven't played this one, I know it has 3D graphics and was released on the 3DS and the 3DSXL. The one thing about this game is that there's three different Links, just like in Four Swords. (well, minus one) Last but not least, the final game, Zelda U. This game is not yet released, it's being released summer of 2016. We do know lots about it, though. It is on the Wii U, it has 3D graphics, and there's not just Link, but now his female counterpart, Linkle. (Such a great name, yeah?) If you've been truly paying close attention then you would know that I have not wrote about BS Legend of Zelda/ Ancient Stone Tablets, and thats because they were released only in Japan and I know nothing about them. Anyways, that's just about it.
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