I have only finished Wind Waker and Ocarina of Time, while I have played (but not completed) Majora's Mask, Link's Awakening, Link to the Past and Breath of the Wild. My favourite has to be Wind Waker.
What's your favourite? Now don't give me the BEST, or the most critically acclaimed, game, just tell me which you had most fun playing.
Probably Link's Awakening imo. Not only did it create a ton of the series' tropes, but it all just feels really great to play. They polished it a ton so it just feels super streamlined without being handhold-y. Oh also, the music is incredible.
Minish Cap has the best visual design of the 2d games, but to be fair it was the last 2d game in the series made. It can be pretty handhold-y at times though.
Ocarina is, of course, a masterpiece too but for some reason I just prefer Link's Awakening a little. Maybe it's because I played Link's awakening first so there's an element of nostalgia for me.
My most favorite and beloved Zelda game to date is Twilight Princess HD (3DS Hero Mode) and I have many reasons for it! It has the best difficulty balance of all Zelda games. The best humor, the best characters, the best story, some of the best dungeons, makes optimal use of the hardware, and I kinda love the idea of Link being stuck as a doge.
The two main complaints would be that the over-world has less secrets than 3D Zelda's after OoT. And the beginning is slow. (The 1st hour.) Sure. Sure. You don't have to keep telling me that! That's just a tiny scratch on this cakepop. Other than that, it's freaking delicious and I would like to buy everyone a copy so that they will see the light and their opinions become more agreeable!
For me, it's Majora's Mask (the original, not 3DS remake). It had a dark and (at times) twisted theme to it, something that hasn't been seen since (Twilight Princess dipped into it with the Twilight). The world wasn't the largest, but the 3 day cycle put a spin on how you played (even at times putting pressure on you to finish a dungeon quick (looking at you Great Bay Temple)) The masks providing hidden powers and used to progress some of the side missions was a nice idea.
And it was all made in a short space of time as well, which was impressive.
The 3DS remake made the game more accessible for players, as at the time the game was tricky to follow and to understand without trial and error at times. But for me, it took away part of what made the game great.
Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, Breath of the Wild and A Link to the Past are very close behind. But to be honest, i've not experienced a bad Zelda game outside of the CDi Zelda and Zelda II
So far It's Ocarina of Time. I played Wind Waker as a kid...revisited it last year and wasn't really a fan. I have fond memories of playing Twilight Princess back then also but haven't replayed in a long time.
If I'm honest Ocarina of Time is the only Zelda game I've beaten. I'll play Majora's Mask eventually...then Breath of the Wild.
i think since i'm not gonna post them all since there's so many Zelda games now... the Original Zelda is my favorite game of all time in fact. i've prolly beat that game 400 or 500 times at least. i think i know all the secrets by now. a link to the past as well this one as i've only been able to beat those two are my top two faves. with i think Link between worlds a game i can't beat just yet i can get up to Gannon but he kills my ass each time.
but i love Zelda 2. yes the game is hard but if you want to make it a bit easier do what i do when you play it...before you head over to death mountain i had to think of what it was called for a moment. he he Farm i believe it's called? i say it like that cause i never use the term normally. wait until you sword is at 3 than go into the caves you can get the hammer and things so much more easier and you can also beat level 3 so much easier as well. yes it does forever and can get bit tedius as well but do what i doput some tunes on and Enjoy your experience. i really doubt it's the hardest Zelda game though, i have it on NES which i haven't played in years, i still have my NES though and i have Zelda 1 and 2 on gameboy Advance. when you get to the dragon i have't ever beaten him yet... really only cause i think on the gameboy version they give you less room to attack that damn dragon.
i 1st played Zelda in (1989) and i've been hooked since.
@stanleyhudson12: I haven't finished it yet, cause I just got married a few months back and we don't have a Swtich yet, but Breath of the Wild I think is my favorite currently. I played it over the summer at my family's, and it definitely has exceeded my expectations so far as far as variety of content. But even beyond that, the MUSIC is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I've been learning the Rito Village (Day) music for piano lately.