The Legend of Zelda (NES)
The first in the series must be somewhere right? As we all know this game was probably the most epic game for the NES since it was an open world adventure, filled with secrets, dungeons, monsters and treasure. you take the role of Link, a young elf boy and start a epic journey through the land of Hyrule in a quest to find the missing pieces of the triforce of courage, find the kidnapped princess Zelda and defeat the evil Ganon. All of this in a golden cartridge, now that's sweet.
The legend of Zelda : Link's awakening DX (Gameboy color)
Zelda goes handheld. This remake of Link's awakening was pretty much the same game as the original, the differences are that this is in color also there's a new dungeon and a new photoshop where you can start a new side-quest. In Link's awakening Link is out sailing when a storm breaks out, link's boat is crushed and Link blacks out. He wakes up in a bed where he's greeted by Marin a young girl that found him washed up on the shores of Koholint Island. Now Link must find a way to get off the island and to do so he must find the nine Muses instruments and wake the eternal sleeping Wind Fish. Also, this is one of the few Zelda games that didn't have Zelda in it, I could say that Ganon wasn't in this game either, but that's only half true *foreshadowing*.
The legend of Zelda Majoras mask (Nintendo 64)
The second Zelda game that doesn't have Zelda in it, ok, she was in that ONE flashback but that doesn't count. Also Ganon is nowhere to be found either instead we where greeted to the weird and freaky Skull Kid, a sprite from the Lost Woods that somehow found his way to Termina Fields where he one day finds a mask, a mask fueled by hatred. A few days later he comes across a young boy dressed in green riding on a horse.Skull kid scares the horse which throws of Link while Link is unconscious Skull Kid steals the his ocarina and when Link wakes up he steals his horse and escapes, Link follows Skull Kid but get's lured into a trap and get's turned into a deku scrub. Skull kid flees again and Link is left in a underground passageway that leads him to Clock Town where he meets a strange mask collector that gives him an offer : If link can give him back his stolen mask he will give Link his normal body back.
What makes this game awesome is the ability to change shape into a deku, a goron and a zora. The town in the game also feels more like a town and the characters you meet are all well characterised which make you feel a lot more attached to them. The only bad thing is the lack of dungeons, in any other Zelda game there are at least eight or seven of them here there's four of them, that's not enough to please an adventure hungry Zelda fan, But the lack of dungeons is replaced by the overall adventuring, one of the features is that the games all takes place in three days, so say you meet a person on the first day, you make up plans for the second day and on the third day you make a strike on a thife's hideout it's a lot of fun and that's why it takes the third spot.
The legend of Zelda ocarina of time
Yes, it takes the second spot in my top 5, no need to freak out. After a night filled with nightmares a young boy named Link wakes up when a fairy called Navi flies in through his window and tells him the great deku tree has summoned him. Link goes to the Deku tree who tells him that he has been cursed by the king of the Gerudos, Ganondorf. Link breaks the curse but the Deku tree inevitably dies. The other kids of Kokiri forest blames Link and he flees the forest out to Hyrule Fields. On the horizon he sees a castle and after a day of walking Link reaches his goal. Inside the castle He meets the princess of Hyrule, Zelda, she wants him to find the three jewels of the three tribes and Link sets of for his big adventure. But now you're thinking : What could possibly top this I'll tell you...
The legend of zelda : The faces of evil
Hehe, yeah I'm just kidding.
The legend of Zelda : Twilight Princess
But it's no joke that Twilight Princess is one of the most epic games ever made by human hands and I need to calm myself before I go more fanboy on it. Again you're Link a farm boy that's doing nothing when one day a band of monsters comes in and kidnaps the children of the village he lives in. Link runs after them but is blocked by a wall of darkness but suddenly get's pulled in by a beast he ends up in the realm of Twilight where the dark magic turns him into a wolf. Link get's captured and thrown into a cell where he meets a mysterious imp called Midna. She helps him out for the small price of him being her slave... Yeah. The duo makes it out and onto the top of the prison, which turn out to be the castle of Hyrule, they make it up to the highest tower where they meet the Twilight princess. Before I spoil too much I might just stop here.
So that's my top 5 Zelda games, feel free to complain.
Have a good one!