With Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom right around the corner, we should take a trip down memory lane. A long-running series of 29 games beginning in the year 1986 gave us a plethora of incredible storylines with amazing world-building and the lovable Link to keep us company.
Still going strong after almost 40 years, the quality just keeps improving and will be upheld as one of the most beloved series of all time. Here are all the Legend of Zelda games available on the Nintendo Switch:
The Legend Of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Set to release on May 12 of this year, Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, will be available exclusively on Switch. A direct sequel to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you once again play as Link and continue your adventures in the skies inhabited by islands.
The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Telling the history of the Master Sword, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword also takes place among the clouds. This game is an updated version of the Wii edition and greatly improves the motion controls. Perfect your abilities and rescue Zelda who has been forced out of the skies by an evil force. Released in 2021, Skyward Sword is the first in the timeline and takes place on a floating island.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
Kind of a sneak peek of what transpired 100 years prior to Link’s slumber, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, released in 2020, gives us some much-needed answers. The option of playing other characters, the four Champions and a young Impa, in addition to Link and Zelda, provides even more exciting gameplay.
The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
A remake of the original game released in 1993 on the Game Boy, Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is a little different from its predecessors. Set on Koholint Island, Link must solve the mystery of the Wind Fish Egg. Charming in its own way, it still has a place in the franchise and was released in 2019.
Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt Of The Necrodancer
Released in 2019, Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt Of The Necrodancer is a unique addition to the franchise. In order to make it through the puzzles and defeat your enemies, you must learn the beat of the tune and use it to your advantage. With the option to play as Link or Zelda, the kingdom of Hyrule is once again in danger and you are the only one who can save it.
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
Referencing characters from Breath of the Wild and The Wind Waker (2002), help the fairies and they will join you in battle against Cia, the dark sorceress. Released in 2018, this game introduces characters that aid you in your conquest of evil as well as obtain rupees to purchase useful items and upgrade your weapons.
The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
After Link’s 100-year slumber, he is awakened and must find out what has come about in the kingdom of Hyrule. Released in 2017, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available on Switch and gives gamers more than 100 hours of gameplay (if they are aiming for 100% completion). Stunning graphics, shrines with ingenious puzzles, and lots of side-quests will surely keep you occupied and invested in Link’s journey.
Technically an extension of Breath of the Wild, a DLC was released in the same year and called The Master Trials. With more trials, modes, outfits, and different and efficient means of travel, you can splurge on it until the next Zelda game is released.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Released in 2000, Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is an action-adventure game revolving around finding Majora’s mask and the Ocarina of Time to prevent the downfall of the world. In the sixth game of the series, Link is once again somehow involved in everyone else’s shenanigans and must set everything right before it’s too late.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
What some would argue to be the best game in the entire series, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was released in 1998 and can be accessed through the purchase of an Online + Expansion Pack membership. The prequel to the first game, Ocarina of Time centers around the summoning of Link by a fairy to destroy a curse presiding over the forest village.
The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past
Taking place before the first game, The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past was originally released in 1991 and gives us more insight into the Master Sword. Enter dungeons, solve puzzles, wander around villages, and defeat the final boss is the name of the game.
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Added to Switch in 2019, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was originally released in 1988 and is the second game of the series. The game is expanded with the inclusion of magic and exploring the world and characters living in them. With the evil Ganon on the loose and Zelda in a deep slumber, Link has a lot on his plate.
The Legend of Zelda
The game that started it all, The Legend of Zelda was released in 1986 and has a fairly simple storyline and execution compared to the others but was definitely used as a blueprint for the sequels despite its age. Princess Zelda is captured by the evil Ganon, who desires the Triforce for himself. Wisely, Zelda separates the Triforce into 8 pieces and scatters them around Hyrule to eventually be collected by Link.
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