Previously on Ranked: The Legend of Zelda
With the release of Super Mario Odyssey right around the corner, it’s time to take a look back at the Super Mario Bros. series in this mushroomy edition of Ranked. Now, I have to set some ground rules before I begin. Since there are so many Mario games, I have included a couple of limits on what games make it to this list:
- Only mainline Mario games are included here. No sports, racing, party, RPG or other spin-off titles.
- No Yoshi or Wario games. Sadly, that includes Yoshi’s Island on the SNES.
- Super Mario Maker is kind of its own beast as well, so that won’t be on here, even though I LOVE that game.
Finally, remember that this is just my opinion as a long-time Nintendo fan. Without further ado, let’s get started!
I have read a lot of… mixed opinions on Breath of the Wild‘s soundtrack from Zelda fans. This is mainly due to the minimalist themes that play while you explore the world, a style far removed from the thrilling, marching themes of the past. It’s still a little early to say if it’s my favorite soundtrack from a Zelda, but Breath of the Wild doubtlessly has one of the greatest soundtracks ever composed in a series with consistently fantastic music.
Surprisingly, Nintendo brought on the talent of Manaka Kataoka, the composer responsible for one of Nintendo’s best ever soundtracks, that of Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It’s easy to see the link between the quiet, beautiful soundtrack of New Leaf and the new Zelda. In any case, she’s a fresh face, and it’s nice to see Nintendo tap into new musical genius that not only matches the old songs from The Wind Waker or OcariThisna of Time, but at times even surpasses it.
Here are 15 tracks from Breath of the Wild that I love, in no particular order.
Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda series is their second biggest flagship franchise after the famous red plumber himself. Throughout the series’ history, we’ve gotten a diverse variety of games, each with their own unique flavor and spin on the tried and true action-adventure gameplay style. Remarkably, the series has always had a very consistently high bar of quality, and each new entry continues to be a monumental occasion, like a mile marker in the history of video games.
2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the debut of the original Legend of Zelda in the United States (It came out a year earlier in Japan). With the next mainline game in the series slated for this year, let’s take a look back and rank the games in the series from least to greatest game. I will be replaying as many of them as possible as well in preparation for Breath of the Wild, but more on that later.
For the purposes of this list, I will not be including spinoff titles such as Link’s Crossbow Training or Hyrule Warriors. Remember that this is all simply my opinion as a lifelong Zelda fan! With that aside, let’s begin.