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Zelda Week: Playing favorites

With a franchise as long and storied as Zelda, it's likely that certain titles stand out over others for most gamers. Some people swear by Ocarina of Time, others laud Link to the Past, and some of us still hold the original as not only the best, but perhaps one of the greatest games of all time. We're going to give readers a chance to duke it out in honor of Zelda week -- slip into something comfortable and head past the break for the fight of a lifetime. We've split the franchise into console and handheld titles to make things interesting.

Phantom Hourglass is not included -- so if you want to claim it is truly the greatest entry in the franchise, you'll have to do so in the comments. We have a feeling a few of you might just take up that challenge.

Don't forget to head over and make your voice heard in our other current poll, as well -- we'll be discussing the results of that one next week!

What's your favorite console Zelda title?
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

What's your favorite handheld Zelda title?
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

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10-02-2007 @ 2:34PM

Justin said...

Man, where's the love for Wind Waker? It's so amazing! I seriously don't see how a true Zelda fan can not LOVE Wind Waker. It's basically tied with Ocarina of Time for greatest game of all time.


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10-02-2007 @ 2:43PM


I bought Phantom this morning and was able to play it for about 40 minutes. Man I cant wait to get off work! Good thing its portable, never know when I may have to sneak off to the bath room to play ha!


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10-02-2007 @ 2:46PM

Pinkechidna said...

Wind Waker. Yeah, I said it. >:3 The graphics were good, the music was awesome, the dungeons were fun, characters likable. I mean moreso than any other Zelda game. WW for the win! ~


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Orville the Unfathomable Time Walrus4

10-02-2007 @ 3:01PM

Orville the Unfathomable Time Walrus said...

I love Wind Waker, I just love Ocarina of Time more.


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10-02-2007 @ 3:15PM

WhatIsThatThing said...

Yeah, I voted for Wind Waker. It's such a huge and awesome game. Better than Ocarina of Time? Maybe. Maybe not. But it needs the love.


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10-02-2007 @ 3:16PM

Gerwurztraminer said...

I love Wind Waker, I just love Link to the Past more.

(thank you Time Walrus)


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10-02-2007 @ 3:20PM

Martin said...

Link to the Past and Link's Awakening for me. Nothing beats ALttP in my opinion. I've beaten the VC version three times already.


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10-02-2007 @ 3:58PM

InspDim said...

I love Wind Waker. I actually enjoyed all the sailing and cel shading. But I love Ocarina of Time and maybe (maybe) Twilight Princess just a little bit more.

Link's Awakening was an outstanding game.


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10-02-2007 @ 4:00PM

Hirsbrunner said...

Wind Waker, definitely.

I've play LttP on handheld so much, I forgot it was originally a console title. So, I guess a tie b/t WW and LttP for console.

Minish Cap for handheld. Great game, and awesome music.


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10-02-2007 @ 4:10PM

religiousjedi said...

Why can't I give my vote to LttP, Ocarina of Time, and Twilight Princess?!?!?



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10-02-2007 @ 4:15PM

hermes said...

Both Wind Waker and OoT claim my heart. And the newer Link to the Past GBA game is my handheld pick. XD

Just picked up PH DS. The battle mode is deeper than I thought... My only regret is that it isn't like four swords. Too bad, maybe next time?!


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JC Fletcher12

10-02-2007 @ 4:41PM

JC Fletcher said...

religiousjedi: If you vote for one of those, you're basically voting for all three AMIRITE


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10-02-2007 @ 5:07PM

capsule said...

(spoilers?) Link's Awakening is the best in the series and (at 12 years old) my first introduction to existentialism. The game progresses and I slowly piece together that I don't want to wake the Wind Fish, I don't want Marin and the Animal Village to just be an illusion, that this dream world of magic is better than any alternative! But the dungeons must be conquered and the instruments must be played because that's the way the game works--like it or not and the ending brings a strange mixture of melancholy, regret, and triumph. Seriously, that temple where you first see the relief of the Wind Fish? CHILLS. This game will forever own all.


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Pizza Pasta14

10-02-2007 @ 5:16PM

Pizza Pasta said...

Wind Waker is great and very innovative, I was very happy to see that they strayed from the standard formula for a Zelda game.

My fav is Majora's Mask, it's creepy and has my favorite ending of the series. Plus, that part when you had to protect the wagon was one of the most fun things I've ever done in a video game.


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10-02-2007 @ 5:32PM

SuperDave said...

A Link to the Past FTW. And Minish Cap for handheld so far (getting Phantom Hourglass after work today).

I do like The Wind Waker a lot but I found the sailing too tedious and boring. In contrast, I loved riding Epona in Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess.

I love all the Zelda games really - just some more than others.


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10-02-2007 @ 5:37PM

fetnown said...

i guess i'm just against the grain cuzx i went with link's awakening. probably the shortest and easiest of all of them, but there was just something about it that just kept me coming back to it. but there's no doubt that zelda is nintendo's best franchise and besides licensing it out to the phillips cd-i, the zelda games are easily the best franchise of all time. (and for anyone about to say halo, seriously it doesn't count if you just move out into your parent's basement, learn how to judge games properly, there's more than graphics and multiplayer aspects to a game.)


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Saria the Cat17

10-02-2007 @ 6:20PM

Saria the Cat said...

Link's Awakening was my first Gameboy Color game, and it was such an amazing experience. I have never been so attached to a handheld game. I actually wound up getting tired of Minish Cap...

And, Ocarina of Time is the best, hands-down, with Majora's Mask coming in second. While Twilight Princess was a back-to-Hyrule dream come true, it can't beat the N64 classics.


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Alisha Karabinus18

10-02-2007 @ 6:43PM

Alisha Karabinus said...

religiousjedi - you can! You just have to vote on three different days!

Poll results will be posted Friday, so today, tomorrow, and Thursday, you can choose a different one each day.


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10-02-2007 @ 10:00PM

shaoron said...

thou i haven't finished ocarina... (yeah.. i fail i know.. :( ) i have to agree it IS the best in the series...

as for handhelds...
can't i choose seasons and ages at the same time!?
because they go together, and not the pokemon way.


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10-02-2007 @ 10:53PM

Drake said...

Majora's Mask! The attention to detail in that game was astounding, the NPCs were unforgettable, the overworld was full of things to do, and the dungeons were tough.

A Link To The Past is a close second though. If ALLTP had NPCs like MM, then forgettaboutit.

Twilight Princess is my least favorite Zelda game. It was pretty, but not much else.


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