If so, what games do you recommend? SNES A link to the Past?
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I would definately consider purchasing the Legend of Zelda : A Link to the Past. It's one of my favorite games of all-time, and you can easily find it for only 10-15 dollars. I suggest getting Ocarina of Time for the N64 while you're at it. If you don't have an N64 you can get the Legend of Zelda Collectors Disk with Legend of Zelda, Legend of Zelda II, Ocarina of Time, and Majora's Mask but it's rather hard to find, not available new in stores, and costs upwards of $45+ on Ebay.
Could someone give me a sequential list of all major Zelda games, and then which ones are "must haves"? Thanks.
Also, are the ports to the GC as good as the originals?
You can get A Link to the Past on the GBA. The game also comes with The Four Swords. Definitely buy a Collector's Disc, because Ocarina of Time is, in my opinion, not only the best in the series but also possibly the best game I've ever played. The other three games are also excellent.
Legend of Zelda (NES)
Fewer puzzles than later games, with gameplay focusing on hacking, slashing, treasure hunting and exploration. Basic, yet addictive gameplay.
Adventure of Link (NES)
Sidescrolling hell. Terrible level design and bad gameplay. The music is pretty cool, though. "I am Error."
Link to the Past (SNES)
A huge leap forward for the series. Great gameplay, lots of secrets and puzzles. The best game in the series.
Link's Awakening (Gameboy)
Brilliant game. Just as good as Link to the Past in many ways, with more variety.
Ocarina of Time (N64)
Very good game, but more uneven than other Zelda games. You can hunt ghosts and store them in bottles.
Wind Waker (GCN)
Ocarina of Time with cel-shaded graphics and boats.
Legend of Zelda: The Hog Rider (GCN)
Great graphics, but the bazookas seem out of place in a Zelda game. Also, who thought it would be a good idea to let Link rap?