The Legend of Zelda Collection

The Legend of Zelda Collections is a high fantasy action-adventure video game franchise created by Japanese game designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka. It is primarily developed and published by Nintendo, although some portable installments and re-releases have been outsourced to Capcom, Vanpool, and Grezzo. The gameplay incorporates action-adventure and elements of action RPG games.

The series centers on the various incarnations of Link; a courageous young man, with pointy elf-like ears and Princess Zelda; the mortal reincarnation of the goddess Hylia. Although his origins and backstory differ from game to game, Link is often given the task of rescuing the kingdom of Hyrule from Ganon, an evil warlord turned demon who is the principal antagonist of the series; however, other settings and antagonists have appeared in several games. The plots commonly involve the Triforce, a sacred relic left behind by goddesses that created Hyrule; Din, Farore and Nayru, representing the virtues of Courage, Wisdom and Power that when combined together are omnipotent.

  Release timeline
1986 The Legend of Zelda
1987 The Adventure of Link
1988
1989
1990
1991 A Link to the Past
1992
1993 Link's Awakening
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998 Ocarina of Time
Link's Awakening DX
1999
2000 Majora's Mask
2001 Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages
2002 Four Swords
The Wind Waker
2003 The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition
2004 Four Swords Adventures
The Minish Cap
2005
2006 Twilight Princess
2007 Phantom Hourglass
2008
2009 Spirit Tracks
2010
2011 Ocarina of Time 3D
Skyward Sword
2012
2013 The Wind Waker HD
A Link Between Worlds
2014
2015 Majora's Mask 3D
Tri Force Heroes
2016 Twilight Princess HD
2017 Breath of the Wild
2018
2019 Link's Awakening
TBA Untitled Breath of the Wild sequel
 The Legend of Zelda

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North American box art

Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s)
Producer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Designer(s) Takashi Tezuka
Programmer(s)
  • Toshihiko Nakago
  • Yasunari Soejima[1]
  • I. Marui[1]
Writer(s)
  • Takashi Tezuka
  • Keiji Terui (manual backstory)[2]
Composer(s) Koji Kondo
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s)
Release
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
 The Legend of Zelda is a 1986 action-adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo and designed by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka. Set in the fantasy land of Hyrule, the plot centers on an elf-like boy named Link, who aims to collect the eight fragments of the Triforce of Wisdom in order to rescue Princess Zelda from the antagonist, Ganon. During the course of the game, the player controls Link from a top-down perspective and navigates throughout the overworld and dungeons, collecting weapons, defeating enemies and uncovering secrets along the way.

 

 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
North American box art
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 

 The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past SNES Game Cover.jpg

North American box art

 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

 A sword stands over a shield, and goes through the letter "Z" in the title "The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening".

European Game Boy box art

Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Takashi Tezuka
Producer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Designer(s) Yasuhisa Yamamura
Programmer(s)
  • Takamitsu Kuzuhara
  • Kazuaki Morita
Artist(s)
Writer(s)
Composer(s)
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s)
Release Game Boy
Game Boy Color
  • JP: December 12, 1998[7]
    • NA: December 15, 1998[8]
  • EU: January 1, 1999[6]
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

 A sword and shield—the latter bearing both the three triangles of the Triforce and the bird-like Hyrule crest—are positioned behind the game's title.

North American box art

Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s)
Producer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Programmer(s) Kenzo Hayakawa
Artist(s)
  • Yoshiaki Koizumi
  • Yusuke Nakano
Writer(s)
Composer(s) Koji Kondo
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s)
Release
    • JP: November 21, 1998
    • NA: November 23, 1998
    • EU: December 11, 1998
    • AU: December 18, 1998
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

 A heart-shaped mask with yellow eyes and spikes around the edges stands behind the title of the game.

North American cover art

Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s)
Producer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Programmer(s)
  • Toshio Iwawaki
  • Toshihiko Nakago
Artist(s)
Writer(s)
  • Mitsuhiro Takano
  • Shigeru Miyamoto
  • Yoshiaki Koizumi
Composer(s)
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s)
Release Nintendo 64
  • JP: April 27, 2000
  • NA: October 26, 2000
  • PAL: November 17, 2000
GameCube
  • JP: November 7, 2003
  • NA: November 17, 2003
  • PAL: March 19, 2004
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

 The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

 The title of the game printed over the silhouette of a tree on a red background. Above the text is a drawn image of a character in a green cap holding a rod.

The cover for Oracle of Seasons

Developer(s)
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Hidemaro Fujibayashi[1]
Producer(s) Noritaka Funamizu
Designer(s)
  • Hidemaro Fujibayashi
  • Yoichiro Ikeda
  • Su Chol Lee
Artist(s) Yusuke Nakano
Composer(s)
  • Minako Adachi
  • Kyohiro Sada
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s) Game Boy Color
Release
  • JP: February 27, 2001
  • NA: May 14, 2001
  • EU: October 5, 2001
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

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North American packaging artwork variant

Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Eiji Aonuma
Producer(s)
Programmer(s)
  • Toshio Iwawaki
  • Kazuaki Morita
Artist(s)
  • Yoshiki Haruhana
  • Satoru Takizawa
  • Masanao Arimoto
Writer(s)
  • Mitsuhiro Takano
  • Hajime Takahashi
Composer(s)
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s) GameCube
Release
  • JP: December 13, 2002
  • NA: March 24, 2003
  • EU: May 2, 2003
  • AU: May 7, 2003
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

 The Legend of Zelda Four Swords Adventures Game Cover.jpg    North American box art

Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Toshiaki Suzuki
Producer(s)
Programmer(s) Yasunari Soejima
Artist(s) Masanao Arimoto
Writer(s)
Composer(s)
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s) GameCube
Release
  • JP: March 18, 2004
  • NA: June 7, 2004
  • EU: January 7, 2005
  • AU: April 7, 2005
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

 European packaging artwork

European packaging artwork

Developer(s) Flagship[a]
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Hidemaro Fujibayashi
Producer(s) Keiji Inafune
Artist(s) Haruki Suetsugu
Composer(s) Mitsuhiko Takano
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance
Release
  • JP: November 4, 2004
  • EU: November 12, 2004
  • NA: January 10, 2005
  • AU: April 7, 2005
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

 The game's title is in the center-top. A line runs diagonally through the image; in one section, the series' main protagonist - Link's face is shown. In the other, there is the head of Link's wolf form.

Packaging artwork

Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Eiji Aonuma
Producer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Artist(s)
  • Yusuke Nakano
  • Satoru Takizawa
Writer(s)
Composer(s)
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s)
Release Wii
  • NA: November 19, 2006
  • JP: December 2, 2006
  • AU: December 7, 2006
  • EU: December 8, 2006
GameCube
  • JP: December 2, 2006
  • NA: December 11, 2006
  • EU: December 15, 2006
  • AU: December 19, 2006
Nvidia Shield TV
  • CHN: December 5, 2017
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

 The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

 The text "Nintendo DS" written on the left side and slanted vertically. The title, "The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass" is written in the center-bottom. A young boy, Link, and a ship captain stand in front of a ghostly ship.

North American box art

Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Daiki Iwamoto
Producer(s) Eiji Aonuma
Designer(s) Michiho Hayashi
Programmer(s) Shiro Mouri
Writer(s) Hidemaro Fujibayashi[1]
Composer(s)
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s) Nintendo DS, Wii U
Release
  • JP: June 23, 2007
  • NA: October 1, 2007
  • AU: October 11, 2007
  • EU: October 19, 2007
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

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Promotional artwork

Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Daiki Iwamoto
Producer(s) Eiji Aonuma
Designer(s)
  • Koji Takahashi
  • Koji Kitagawa
Programmer(s)
  • Shiro Mouri
  • Masahiro Nitta
Artist(s)
  • Naoya Hasegawa
  • Yuri Adachi
Composer(s)
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s) Nintendo DS, Wii U
Release
  • NA: December 7, 2009
  • AU: December 10, 2009
  • EU: December 11, 2009
  • JP: December 23, 2009
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

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North American and Australian packaging artwork

Developer(s) Grezzo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Mikiharu Ooiwa
Producer(s)
Programmer(s) Shun Moriya
Artist(s) Hirofumi Sakoi
Composer(s)
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release
  • JP: 16 June 2011
  • EU: 17 June 2011
  • NA: 19 June 2011
  • AU: 30 June 2011
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is an action-adventure game developed by Grezzo and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS handheld game console. The game was released in June 2011. A remake of the original 1998 Nintendo 64 game, it features mirrored versions of the rearranged dungeons from Ocarina of Time Master Quest, as well as updated graphics and added stereoscopic effects.

The remastering was highly acclaimed by critics, receiving perfect scores from over 20 publications, with some calling it one of the best video game remakes of all time. It was also a commercial success, being the third 3DS game to reach one million units sold. As of September 2016, it is the fifteenth best-selling Nintendo 3DS game, at more than four million copies sold. It was also released via the Nintendo eShop in 2012.

 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

 Packaging artwork of the Legend of Zelda 25th anniversary special edition, released worldwide

Packaging artwork

Developer(s) Nintendo EAD[a]
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Hidemaro Fujibayashi
Producer(s) Eiji Aonuma
Designer(s) Ryuji Kobayashi
Programmer(s)
  • Toshio Iwawaki
  • Kazuaki Morita
Artist(s) Takumi Wada
Writer(s)
  • Naoki Mori
  • Hidemaro Fujibayashi
Composer(s)
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s) Wii
Release
  • EU: November 18, 2011
  • NA: November 20, 2011
  • JP: November 23, 2011
  • AU: November 24, 2011
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

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European cover art

Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Daiki Iwamoto
Producer(s) Eiji Aonuma
Programmer(s) Kenji Higashiyama
Artist(s) Satoru Takizawa
Writer(s)
  • Mitsuhiro Takano
  • Hajime Takahashi
  • Eiji Aonuma
Composer(s)
  • Kenta Nagata
  • Hajime Wakai
  • Asuka Hayazaki
  • Atsuko Asahi
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s) Wii U
Release
  • AU: October 5, 2013[5]
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

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English-language packaging artwork

Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Hiromasa Shikata
Producer(s) Eiji Aonuma
Designer(s) Koji Takahashi
Programmer(s) Shiro Mouri
Artist(s) Yusuke Nakano
Writer(s) Tatsuya Hishida
Mari Shirakawa
Composer(s) Ryo Nagamatsu
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release
  • EU: November 22, 2013
  • NA: November 22, 2013
  • AU: November 23, 2013
  • JP: December 26, 2013
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

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North American cover art

Developer(s) Grezzo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Mikiharu Ooiwa
Producer(s)
Programmer(s) Shingo Watanabe
Artist(s) Tatsuya Awata
Composer(s) Koji Kondo
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release
  • NA: February 13, 2015[2]
  • EU: February 13, 2015[1]
  • JP: February 14, 2015[3]
  • AU: February 14, 2015[4]
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

 The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

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Packaging artwork

Developer(s)
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Hiromasa Shikata
Producer(s) Eiji Aonuma
Designer(s) Yoichi Yamada
Programmer(s) Shiro Mouri
Artist(s) Keisuke Umeda
Composer(s) Ryo Nagamatsu
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release
  • JP: October 22, 2015
  • NA/EU: October 23, 2015
  • AU: October 24, 2015
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

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Packaging artwork

Developer(s)
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Tomomi Sano
Producer(s) Eiji Aonuma
Programmer(s) Sean O'Sullivan
Artist(s) Paul Court
Composer(s)
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s) Wii U
Release
  • NA/EU: March 4, 2016
  • AU: March 5, 2016
  • JP: March 10, 2016
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

 

Cover art depicting Link overlooking Hyrule

Developer(s) Nintendo EPD[a]
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Hidemaro Fujibayashi
Producer(s) Eiji Aonuma
Programmer(s)
  • Takuhiro Dohta
  • Kenji Matsutani
  • Hiroshi Umemiya
Artist(s)
  • Takumi Wada
  • Satoru Takizawa
Writer(s) Akihito Toda
Composer(s)
  • Manaka Kataoka
  • Yasuaki Iwata
  • Soshi Abe[b]
  • Hajime Wakai
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s)
Release March 3, 2017
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a 2017 action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U consoles. Breath of the Wild is part of the Legend of Zelda franchise and is set at the end of the Zelda timeline; the player controls Link, who awakens from a hundred-year slumber to defeat Calamity Ganon and save the kingdom of Hyrule.

Similar to the original Legend of Zelda (1986), players are given little instruction and can explore the open world freely. Tasks include collecting multipurpose items to aid in objectives or solving puzzles and side quests for rewards. The world is unstructured and designed to reward experimentation, and the story can be completed in a nonlinear fashion.

 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

 A sword stands over a shield, and goes through the letter "Z" in the title "The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening".

European Game Boy box art

Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Takashi Tezuka
Producer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Designer(s) Yasuhisa Yamamura
Programmer(s)
  • Takamitsu Kuzuhara
  • Kazuaki Morita
Artist(s)
Writer(s)
Composer(s)
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s)
Release Game Boy
Game Boy Color
  • JP: December 12, 1998[7]
    • NA: December 15, 1998[8]
  • EU: January 1, 1999[6]
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

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