There have been 18 The Legend of Zelda video games released since 1986. Undoubtedly, they are all some of the greatest action-adventure video games of all time, despite their varying degrees of acclaim.
Given the series’ longevity and consistent success, there is a wide range of opinions regarding which installments are the finest. Who better than the series’ producer, who has worked on The Legend of Zelda since 1998, to request a verdict?
In a conversation with producer Eiji Aonuma, GameInformer discovered his three fave The Legend of Zelda games of all time. The following are they:
3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess – “I created Twilight Princess because I wanted to create a game that was superior to Ocarina.”
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – “Ocarina of Time is a game that allowed me to construct a 3D environment..”
1. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass – “Phantom Hourglass is something my wife also enjoys. That is first place. The objective of developing Twilight Princess was to create something superior to Ocarina. However, I proposed a new gameplay approach for that game, and I was a producer on it for the first time, so I have a lot of sentimental attachment to it.”
Although Ocarina of Time is a no-brainer given its extensive popularity, Phantom Hourglass is a bit of a surprise. It is one of the less popular The Legend of Zelda titles, having debuted on the Nintendo DS in 2007.
In a 2007 interview with GamerNode, Aonuma expressed his appreciation for how Phantom Hourglass “introduced casual gamers to the Zelda series” and “introduced a new control scheme to the aging Zelda formula.” It also contains horror elements similar to the game Granny.
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is the fourth best-selling game of all time. The combined efforts of the Nintendo Wii and GameCube versions of Twilight Princess nearly doubled its total sales.