Hey everyone, and welcome to Zelda Informer’s Best Zelda Ever 2017 Announcement / Contest Thread. You can think of this post as a trailer for our list, which will be published in full on November 30th. Please take a minute to watch the video above to get all of the details.

Finished? Awesome. Let’s go over some logistics.

As stated in the video, you have a chance to win a pretty sweet bag embroidered with the Sheikah logo courtesy of our friends at Musterbrand. All you need to do is leave a comment in this post of what you think our list is gonna look like. So just to reiterate, not your own favorite list of Zelda games, but what you think the averaged out list of our 20 Editor’s is going to be. At the bottom of this post will be a copy and paste template that you can use to make your prediction!

The way that scoring will work is similar to how the scoring worked for making the list in the first place. A game was scored 18 points for finishing atop an Editors list, 17 for finishing second, 16 third, etc. 18 points for 18 main entry games. Scoring users lists will be similar to this.

If you correctly guess the top game, you will receive 18 points. If the game you thought was going to be number 1 actually turns up in the number 5 spot, you will be given 14 points (= points less for 4 spots off). The amount of games that you were off between your predicted spot and it’s actual spot will be what’s used to deduct points. It’s system that looks complicated, but is actually super simple and takes care of any potential ties as well.

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Good luck to everyone, and I hope that you guys dig our 2017 rankings of the Best Zelda Ever. It’s a diverse cast of characters that work here at Zelda Informer, so putting together a list like this is tough, but just as fun since you get a glimpse into everyone’s experiences with the Zelda series.

Make sure to come back to Zelda Informer on the 30th to check out our list. See you all then.

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The Legend of Zelda
Adventures of Link
A Link to the Past
Link’s Awakening
Ocarina of Time
Majora’s Mask
Oracle of Seasons
Oracle of Ages
The Wind Waker
Four Swords Adventures
The Minish Cap
Twilight Princess
Phantom Hourglass
Spirit Tracks
Skyward Sword
A Link Between Worlds
Tri Force Heroes
Breath of the Wild

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  • BlockOfRedstone

    My Guess:

    1 Ocarina of Time
    2 Breath of the Wild
    3 The Wind Waker
    4 Twilight Princess
    5 Majora’s Mask
    6 Skyward Sword
    7 The Legend of Zelda
    8 The Minish Cap
    9 A Link Between Worlds
    10 Four Swords Adventures
    11 Oracle of Seasons
    12 Oracle of Ages
    13 A Link to the PAst
    14 Phantom Hourglass
    15 Adventures of Link
    16 Link’s Awakening
    17 Spirit Tracks
    18 Tri Force Heroes
    (It’s not my own Best Zelda List)

  • JasonBall

    EXCUSE ME WHAT ABOUT FOUR SWORDS

    Oh and, is it 18 points for guessing a game right no matter it’s place? If I guess AoL in last place, I get 18 points? If not thats silly, because then if I’m good at determining the bottom ten and not the top 8 I’ll get waaay less than the guy who determined well the top 8 and badly at the bottom 10.

    • Andy Spiteri

      Correct. If you predict AOL was in 18th place and it finished last, you’d get 18 points. If you predict it would be in 18th place but it actually finished in 10th place, you’d get 10 points, or subtracted a point for every rank you were off. Ideally, if someone guessed the correct order of every game, they would get 18 points every time, for a maximum of 324 points.

      • avsh8ter

        Have you decided how to handle a tie, should one arise?

        • Andy Spiteri

          The chances of a tie are suuuper low using this format, but should one arise, whoever correctly predicted more spots (ie guess 7 games in their correct order vs 5 games) will be the winner.

      • avsh8ter

        Also, the bar across the top that shows all the Zelda games says that Breath of the Wild is for Wii U/NX still, fyi.

        • Andy Spiteri

          I know *facepalm* at least it doesn’t say Zelda Wii U anymore. The games bar at the top is actually in the process of getting a much needed facelift.

  • JasonBall

    I do really like this idea. I have to put aside my own bias and try to figure out the collective bias of 20 other Zelda superfans. So here:

    1) Breath of the Wild
    2) Ocarina of Time
    3) Majora’s Mask
    4) Wind Waker
    5) Link to the Past
    6) Spirit Tracks
    7) Twilight Princess
    8) Link Between Worlds
    9) Minish Cap
    10) Skyward Sword
    11) TLoZ
    12) Links Awakening
    13) Minish Cap
    14) Oracle of Ages
    15) Oracle of Seasons
    16) Four Swords Adventures
    17) Phantom Hourglass
    18) Adventure of Link

    • PinkRabbit

      Nice list. Care to expand on your reasoning?

      • JasonBall

        After your own logic in yours, I feel pretty dumb. Even so, I can say that I feel good about TP. I’ve seen it make a comeback recently for some reason.

        Link Between Worlds is also always universally loved by people like this, which personally confounds me. No way it’s out of the top 10. Spirit Tracks is in the same boat (or train).

        I put BotW up top not because I think it’ll be top of a lot of lists, but because everything else below it will be much more varied in placing and will therefore get less points among the editors.

        Again, those are just a few justifications because everything else feels wrong after seeing yours.

        • PinkRabbit

          I really wouldn’t be surprised if you scored higher than me. Two big reasons: one, I like your BotW strategy; two, I think I may have been too bold placing TP and SS below so many handheld games.

          I couldn’t agree with you more on ALBW and ST. These two always seem to score much higher than expected, so I think you have them in a good spot.

          • JasonBall

            LBW, LA, MC and ST are beloved by many, yes, but TP blew people away back in the day. I’d really like to know the ages of the 20 supposed editors.

          • PinkRabbit

            Yeah, I remember the launch of TP – pretty exciting! However, I think many would argue that ALBW, ST, LA and MC aged a little more gracefully than TP did – something I think will play a factor in the decisions of some of the editors. Enough to place the handhelds above TP? That was my initial bet. Less confident now, haha.

            Also, it would be interesting to learn the mean age of the editors – just to confirm whether or not older Zelda games te

          • JasonBall

            LBW is still pretty new, I wouldn’t talk about how it’s aged, hehe.

            Personally I can’t stand MC or LA and am kinda eh on LBW and ST.

          • Andy Spiteri

            I would say the average age is about mid-twenties.

  • Jebradiah Drake

    1. Twilight Princess
    2. Skyward Sword
    3. Wind Waker
    4. Majora’s Mask
    5. Ocarina of Time
    6. Spirit Tracks
    7. A Link Between Worlds
    8. Minish Cap
    9. Link’ Awakening
    10. Oracle of Seasons

    And I won’t bother doing the rest.

    • Andy Spiteri

      You can’t enter the contest unless you rank them all though!

      • Jebradiah Drake

        Haha I haven’t played them all!

        • Andy Spiteri

          You don’t have to have played them all, you just need to predict what the staff list will look like.

  • Kody B.

    1) Ocarina of Time
    2) A Link to the Past
    3) Breath of the Wild
    4) The Wind Waker
    5) Majora’s Mask
    6) A Link Between Worlds
    7) Skyward Sword
    8) The Minish Cap
    9) Twilight Princess
    10) Link’s Awakening
    11) Oracle of Seasons
    12) The Legend of Zelda
    13) Adventures of Link
    14) Oracle of Ages
    15) Four Swords Adventures
    16) Spirit Tracks
    17) Tri Force Heroes
    18) Phantom Hourglass

  • avsh8ter

    Fun game and idea! I look forward to seeing the results!

    1) Ocarina of Time
    2) A Link to the Past
    3) Twilight Princess
    4) The Wind Waker
    5) Breath of the Wild
    6) Majora’s Mask
    7) A Link Between Worlds
    8) The Minish Cap
    9) Link’s Awakening
    10) The Legend of Zelda
    11) Skyward Sword
    12) Oracle of Seasons
    13) Oracle of Ages
    14) Phantom Hourglass
    15) Spirit Tracks
    16) Four Swords Adventures
    17) Tri-Force Heroes
    18) Adventures of Link

  • PinkRabbit

    1) A Link to the Past
    2) The Wind Waker
    3) Majora’s Mask
    4) Ocarina of Time
    5) Breath of the Wild
    6) The Legend of Zelda
    7) Adventures of Link
    8) Link’s Awakening
    9) The Minish Cap
    10) Spirit Tracks
    11) A Link Between Worlds
    12) Oracle of Seasons
    13) Oracle of Ages
    14) Twilight Princess
    15) Four Swords Adventures
    16) Skyward Sword
    17) Tri Force Heroes
    18) Phantom Hourglass

    • JasonBall

      Ooooh that’s a great one

      • PinkRabbit

        Thanks. So, here’s my thinking behind some of my choices. You typically see some variation of the Top 4 on most lists. However, I think, post-BotW, games like Wind Waker and AlttP are more likely to get recognized for some of the exploration-related things these games got right. Breath of the Wild received generally positive reviews on ZI, but some of the contributors felt it to be over-rated, so I doubt it is going to make top four.

        LoZ will be ranked high – again, because of BoW: if you lived BoW, you’ll find new appreciation for the game that started it all; if you weren’t keen on BoW, you might remember why you loved LoZ in the first place.

        AoL has traditionally been viewed as the black sheep of the franchise, but I understand some serious gamers/Zelda fans out there love it’s steep learning curve and unforgiving difficulty. So, I’m betting it’ll score higher than it has in the past.

        I feel less confident about the rest of the list. I think it’s a toss-up between LA, ALBW, ST and MC. These are consistently well-appreciated games, just not to the degree of my top seven. I have absolutely no idea how they’ll fare against each each other.

        No matter how highly a person regards the Oracle games, they necessarily have to take up two slots, so they do not typically perform well on lists like these. TP and SS have had their days in the limelight, but they haven’t aged as nicely as some of the other games in the series, so they’re in the lower slots here (after BotW, I think SS will fall a couple slots more due to its strict linearity). Few people have played FSA and TFH (so few, that I’m confident this is the first time I’ve seen these two games appreciated to three letters- had to double check, haha), so they’ll be low too.

        Phantom Hourglass is last on the list because, while I’ve heard of many who really liked the game, I’ve never heard somebody say they love it. Every other game in the series makes at least SOMEBODY’s top 5, so, since PH hasn’t been able to do this, I placed it on the bottom.

        • JasonBall

          For the record, I love PH. It’s just that there’s several that are better. So, top 10 for me.

          Yes, I imagined the logic behind your list. It makes mine look horribly unrealistic. But I still say Zelda II is going to be pretty low. People don’t like different very much.

          • PinkRabbit

            Nice on loving PH! I’m realizing now that it might have been unrealistic for me to slot PH as low as I did.

            Can’t wait to see the results!

          • JasonBall

            Oh no, it’s completely realistic. I know of zero other people who love it. Except for Aonuma himself.

          • Matt Kitt

            Count me in to the PH fan club

          • JasonBall

            It’s just so much fun, isn’t it?

  • S Kent

    1) Ocarina of Time
    2) A Link to the Past
    3) Breath of the Wild
    4) Majora’s Mask
    5) The Wind Waker
    6) The Legend of Zelda
    7) The Minish Cap
    8) Link’s Awakening
    9) Twilight Princess
    10) A Link Between Worlds
    11) Four Swords Adventures
    12) Oracle of Seasons
    13) Oracle of Ages
    14) Skyward Sword
    15) Adventures of Link
    16) Spirit Tracks
    17) Tri Force Heroes
    18) Phantom Hourglass

  • Vados

    1) Breath of the Wild
    2) Skyward Sword
    3) Ocarina of Time
    4) Majora’s Mask
    5) Oracle of Ages
    6) Twilight Princess
    7) Oracle of Seasons
    8) A link between Worlds
    9) Minish Cap
    10) A link to the Past
    11) Link’s Awakening
    12) Spirit Tracks
    13) Adventure of Link
    14) Four Swords Adventures
    15) The Legend of Zelda
    16) Phantom Hourglass
    17) Triforce Heroes
    18) Wind Waker

  • Guillo

    1)Breath of the Wild
    2)A Link Between Worlds
    3)Ocarina of Time
    4)A Link to the Past
    5)The Wind Waker
    6)The Legend of Zelda
    7)Four Swords Adventures
    8)Tri Force Heroes
    9)Spirit Tracks
    10)Link’s Awakening
    11)Majora’s Mask
    12)The Minish Cap
    13)Twilight Princess
    14)Phantom Hourglass
    15)Adventures of Link
    16) Oracle of Seasons
    17)Oracle of Ages
    18)Skyward Sword

  • Tinglenator

    1) A Link to the Past
    2) Majora’s Mask
    3) Ocarina of Time
    4) Wind Waker
    5) Breath of the Wild
    6) A Link Between Worlds
    7) Breath of the Wild
    8) Twilight Princess
    9) Link’s Awakening
    10) The Legend of Zelda
    11) Skyward Sword
    12) Oracle of Seasons
    13) Oracle of Ages
    14) The Adventure of Link
    15) Phantom Hourglass
    16) Spirit Tracks
    17) Minish cap
    18) Four Swords Adventures

    #Where’sTheLoveForTheCDI?

    • Matt Kitt

      I know right? And apparently TFH is canon

    • Andy Spiteri

      You put BOTW in twice and forgot Link’s Awakening!

      • Tinglenator

        *FacePalm… That one is my favorite

  • Jonathan Cörjn

    1) Majora’s Mask (this is my fav game of all time alongside with “Shadow of the Colossus” and “Inside”)

    2) Ocarina of Time / Breath of the Wild / Twilight Princess / are ex aequo for me, they are “vital” episodes for the 3D big Zelda. I love them all the same, even if they are really different games.

    3) Wind Waker

    4) A Link Between Worlds

    5) A link to the Past

    6) Skyward Sword

    7) The Minish Cap

    8) Phantom Hourglass

    9) Spirit Tracks

    10) Four Swords Adventures

    11) Link’s Awakening

    12) Oracle of Seasons/Ages

    13) The Legend of Zelda

    14) Adventures of Link

    15) Tri Force Heroes

  • GJTPJ7

    1) Breath of the Wild
    2) Majora’s Mask
    3) Ocarina of Time
    4) A Link to the Past
    5) The Wind Waker
    6) Twilight Princess
    7) A Link Between Worlds
    8) Link’s Awakening
    9) The Minish Cap
    10) Skyward Sword
    11) Oracle of Seasons
    12) Oracle of Ages
    13) Tri Force Heroes
    14) The Legend of Zelda
    15) Adventures of Link
    16) Phantom Hourglass
    17) Spirit Tracks
    18) Four Swords Adventures

  • Hylian Terrier

    1) Breath of the Wild
    2) Ocarina of Time
    3) Majora’s Mastk
    4) A Link to the Past
    5) The Legend of Zelda
    6) The Wind Waker
    7) Twilight Princess
    8) Link’s Awakening
    9) Skyward Sword
    10) The Minish Cap
    11) A Link Between Worlds
    12) The Adventure of Link
    13) Oracle of Seasons
    14) Oracle of Ages
    15) Spirit Tracks
    16) Four Swords Adventures
    17) Phantom Hourglass
    18) Tri Force Heroes

  • 1) Ocarina of Time
    2) Breath of the Wild
    3) A Link to the Past
    4) Majora’s Mask
    5) The Wind Waker
    6) Link’s Awakening
    7) Twilight Princess
    8) The Legend of Zelda
    9) A Link Between Worlds
    10) Skyward Sword
    11) Phantom Hourglass
    12) The Minish Cap
    13) Oracle of Ages
    14) Spirit Tracks
    15) Oracle of Seasons
    16) Adventures of Link
    17) Four Swords Adventures
    18) Tri Force Heroes

    It’s interesting to consider what the editors think, especially when you have to factor in what I figure is their average age. Honestly I didn’t order this too well, but the mixing up may help any serious errors I made in my guessing.

  • asmith

    I feel BotW being so new will shoot it to the top, though I was hesitant to place it above MM. This is a great idea and I’m interested in seeing everyone’s predictions of the staff’s list…

    1) Ocarina of Time
    2) Breath of the Wild
    3) Majora’s Mask
    4) Twilight Princess
    5) The Wind Waker
    6) A Link to the Past
    7) Link’s Awakening
    8) A Link Between Worlds
    9) Skyward Sword
    10) The Legend of Zelda
    11) The Minish Cap
    12) Oracle of Ages
    13) Oracle of Seasons
    14) Spirit Tracks
    15) Adventures of Link
    16) Phantom Hourglass
    17) Four Swords Adventures
    18) Tri Force Heroes

  • Joe Barber

    BOTW and Ocarina of time are garbage. Skyward Sword is the best, hams down, undebeatable. Story and bosses can’t compare /////aaeEAG to Skyward *burp Sword. But you chums are gonna vote with the glow, as they say.
    So help me if Wind Waker and Twilight Princess beat SS I will blow my bicycle stand.

    1 Ocarina of Time
    2 A Link to the Past
    3 Majora’s Mask
    4 Breath of the Wild
    5 Skyward Sword (should be at the top, but everyone is blind except for me, cuz I have a third eye.)
    6 Twilight Princess
    7 The Wind Waker
    8 A Link Between Worlds
    9 Link’s Awakening
    10 Spirit Tracks
    11 The Minish Cap
    12 The Legend of Zelda
    13 Phantom Hourglass
    14 Tri Force Heroes
    15 Oracle of Ages
    16 Oracle of Seasons
    17 Adventures of Link
    18 Four Swords Adventures

    The Motion Mechanica works if you stand up and BE LINK.
    I can kill Ghirahim in world record time. I bet you can’t. You can’t even swing a wii remote.
    Bring back motion controls on switch.
    Breath of the Wild can die, it should’ve had more mini bossers.
    Live Forever Crimson Birdo!

  • David Mitchell

    My predicted list:
    1) Majora’s Mask
    2) Wind Waker
    3) A Link Between Worlds
    4) Breath of the Wild
    5) A Link to the Past
    6) The Legend of Zelda
    7) Skyward Sword
    8) Twilight Princess
    9) A Link to the Past
    10) Four Swords Adventures
    11) Spirit Tracks
    12) Phantom Hourglass
    13) Zelda II The Adventure of Link
    14) Oracle of Seasons
    15) Link’s Awakening
    16) The Minish Cap
    17) Oracle of Ages
    18) Four Swords

    • Andy Spiteri

      You have ALTTP twice and no Ocarina of Time!

      • David Mitchell

        Thanks mate, fixed

  • Andy Spiteri

    Awesome entries guys! Keep the guesses coming, share with friends! When the list goes live on the 30th, I’ll throw in some neat contest stats too (what game messed everyone up the most, the most commonly correct ranking, etc) so look forward to that!

  • Draxen1

    Let’s see…

    1) Ocarina of Time
    2) Breath of the Wild
    3) Majora’s Mask
    4) Twilight Princess
    5) A Link to the Past
    6) The Wind Waker
    7) Skyward Sword
    8) A Link Between Worlds
    9) Spirit Tracks
    10) The Minish Cap
    11) The Legend of Zelda
    12) Oracle of Seasons
    13) Oracle of Ages
    14) Link’s Awakening
    15) Four Swords Adventures
    16) Phantom Hourglass
    17) Tri Force Heroes
    18) Adventures of Link

  • 1) Majora’s Mask
    2) Breath of the Wild
    3) Skyward Sword
    4) Wind Waker
    5) A Link Between Worlds
    6) Ocarina of Time
    7) Twilight Princess
    8) The Legend of Zelda
    9) A Link to the Past
    10) Four Swords Adventures
    11) Minish Cap
    12) Oracle of Seasons
    13) Oracle of Ages
    14) Spirit Tracks
    15) Phantom Hourglass
    16) Link’s Awakening
    17) Adventures of Link
    18) Tri Force Heroes

  • Sidney Carpenter-Wilson

    1) Breath of the Wild
    2) Majora’s Mask
    3) Wind Waker
    4) A Link to the Past
    5) Ocarina of Time
    6) A Link Between Worlds
    7) Twilight Princess
    8) The Minish Cap
    9) Link’s Awakening
    10) Legend of Zelda
    11) Skyward Sword
    12) Oracle of Seaons
    13) Oracle of Ages
    14)Spirit Tracks
    15) Phantom Hourglass
    16) Tri-Force Heroes
    17) Adventure of Link
    18) Four Swords Adventures