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Since the 80s, Link has embarked on some crazy and exciting adventures that usually end with saving Zelda, the world, or both. These getaways are described in THE Legend of Zelda Games. Over the years, the series has earned its reputation as one of the greatest video game series of all time.

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He hasn’t proven his brilliance with just a few solid installments. There has been a litany of Zelda games. In fact, even big fans of the show might not know how many, or everyone’s names. However, all of this information can be found here.

Main series


Breath of the Wild Screenshot of Link with bow and arrow

the 19 main entrances in the Legend of Zelda series are mostly action-adventure titles with some RPG influences. Story-wise, most of them revolve around Link trying to stop any dark evil that threatens Zelda and the Kingdom of Hyrule.

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Yet despite the primary focus not varying much between titles, the gameplay certainly does. The first games are relatively small and offer a lot of 2D actions. As the series progressed, the open worlds started to improve, as did the visuals and overall presentation.

THE Legend of Zelda

Release date 1986 (Japan) and 1987 (North America)
Systems Famicon Disc System, Nintendo Entertainment System, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Wii Virtual Console, 3DS Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console, Inline Switch
Release date 1987 (Japan) and 1988 (North America)
Systems Famicon Disc System, Nintendo Entertainment System, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Wii Virtual Console, 3DS Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console, Inline Switch
Release date 1991 (Japan) and 1992 (North America)
Systems Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Satellaview, Game Boy Advance, Wii Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console, 3DS Virtual Console, Switch Online


Release date 1993
Systems Game Boy, Game Boy Color, 3DS Virtual Console, Nintendo Switch

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time

Release date 1998
Systems Nintendo 64, iQue Player, GameCube, Wii Virtual Console, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U Virtual Console, Switch Online

The Legend Of Zelda: The Mask Of Majora

Release date 2000
Systems Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii Virtual Console, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U Virtual Console

The Legend Of Zelda: Oracle Of Ages

Release date 2001
Systems Game Boy Color, 3DS virtual console

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of the Seasons

Release date 2001
Systems Game Boy Color, 3DS virtual console

Release date 2002
Systems Game Boy Advance

The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Release date 2002 (Japan) and 2003 (North America)
Systems GameCube, Wii U

The Legend Of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Release date 2004
Systems GameCube

The Legend Of Zelda: The Minish Cap

Release date 2004 (Japan) and 2005 (North America)
Systems Game Boy Advance, 3DS Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console

The Legend Of Zelda: The Twilight Princess

Release date 2006
Systems GameCube, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U

The Legend Of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Release date 2007
Systems Nintendo DS, Wii U Virtual Console

The Legend Of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

Release date 2009
Systems Nintendo DS, Wii U Virtual Console

The Legend Of Zelda: The Skyward Sword

Release date 2011
Systems Nintendo Wii, Wii U Virtual Console, Nintendo Switch
Release date 2013
Systems Nintendo 3DS

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Release date 2015
Systems Nintendo 3DS

The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Release date 2017
Systems Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Switch

Spin off


Hyrule Warriors Age Of Calamity Screenshot by Link

In most cases, derivative titles spoil the Legend of Zelda formula. Some exchange protagonists, others experiment with different genres, and a few are played on wristwatches.

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In fact, traditional Nintendo home systems haven’t had much of a spinoff on Zelda until the last few years. Before that, everything from handheld consoles to lesser-known hardware components served as a home for these games. Additionally, a few of the titles were never seen by American audiences as they were only released in Japan. Overall there is 17 of these spin-offs.

Zelda

Release date 1989
Systems Game and Watch, Nintendo Mini Classic

THE Legend of Zelda

Release date 1989
Systems Nelsonic gaming watch

Zelda No Densetsu: Kamigami No Triforce

Release date 1992 (Japan only)
Systems Battler 2 barcode

Zelda: The Wand Of Gamelon

Release date 1993
Systems CD-i
Release date 1993
Systems CD-i

Zelda’s Adventure

Release date 1994
Systems CD-i

BS Zelda No Densetsu

Release date 1995 (Japan only)
Systems Satellaview

BS Zelda No Densetsu Inishie No Sekiban

Release date 1997 (Japan only)
Systems Satellaview

Freshly picked Rosy Rupeeland from Tingle

Release date 2006 (Japan)
Systems Nintendo DS

Tingle DS Balloon Fight

Release date 2007 (Japan only)
Systems Nintendo DS

Release date 2007
Systems Nintendo Wii

Dekisugi tingling pack

Release date 2009 (Japan only)
Systems DSiWare

Irozuki Tincle No Koi No Balloon Trip

Release date 2009 (Japan only)
Systems Nintendo DS

Hyrule Warriors

Release date 2014
Systems Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch

My Nintendo Picross: The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Release date 2016
Systems Nintendo 3DS

Hyrule Cadence

Release date 2019
Systems Nintendo Switch

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Release date 2020
Systems Nintendo Switch

Remakes and reissues


The Legend Of Zelda Link Awakening Dungeon screenshot

Nintendo seems to be very fond of remaking and republishing the Legend Of Zelda games. Most of the top rated installments have been reissued in some form or another. And there is nine remakes and reissues in total.

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In most cases, these games have received simple graphics upgrades. However, some of them have received bigger changes, such as improved control schematics. The changes have generally improved experiences, and the developers have done well to retain the magic of the originals.

Release date 1998
Systems Game Boy Color

The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Master Quest

Release date 2002 (Japan) and 2003 (North America)
Systems Nintendo 64, GameCube

The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D

Release date 2011
Systems Nintendo 3DS

The Legend Of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition

Release date 2011
Systems DSiWare

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Release date 2013
Systems Nintendo Wii U

The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D

Release date 2015
Systems Nintendo 3DS

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Release date 2016
Systems Nintendo Wii U
Release date 2019
Systems Nintendo Switch

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

Release date 2021
Systems Nintendo Switch

How many Zelda games are there in total?


Collage of Zelda Entries

So, with all of these main entries, spin-offs, and re-releases over the years, there has been a total of 45 Zelda games. Whether it’s a new entry with all new mechanics, or a few graphical tweaks and gameplay tweaks – or experimental titles – we’ve seen a lot of Zelda games, with plenty more to come.

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