Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda first got its start in the gaming world back in 1986, with the release of the very first Zelda game on the NES, simply entitled The Legend of Zelda. Since then, we have had many a Zelda game release across all of Nintendo’s platforms, from home consoles to handhelds.
Over the years, The Legend of Zelda series has become a common staple in many a Nintendo gamer’s collection, and it may leave some of us to wonder just what games in the series have sold the best? With a little digging, we’ve found the top 5 best selling Legend of Zelda games that released on consoles. So let’s count them down, and start with number 5, shall we?
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (4.43 million units sold)
Originally released on the Nintendo GameCube back in 2002, and introduced us to ‘Toon Link’ as he was later referred to by many. Embark on a whole new realm of Hyrule as Hyrule has been covered by the seas. Navigate by boat from island to island to save the world once more!
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (4.61 million units sold)
Released back in 1991 for the Super Nintendo, A Link to the Past was the first 2D Legend of Zelda game, and it also gave us a pink-haired Link! Acclaimed as one of the best Zelda games, you must travel to the Dark Realm and gather the Maidens that have been encased in crystals… Only upon saving them can you save the land of Hyrule!
The Legend of Zelda (6.51 million units sold)
Released on the NES system back in 1986, Nintendo introduced us to what would become an addicting game series for gamers for years to come. In lovely side-scrolling 8-bit fashion, take on monsters and dungeons all in hopes to save Princess Zelda from that wretched Ganon! For being the original, it has yet to get old. I still play it to this day.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (7.60 million units sold)
Released in 1998, it was the first 3D Zelda game as well as the first Zelda game on the Nintendo 64. Many hail this one as the best Zelda game, which, as these sales show, must be true. Venture to the many corners of Hyrule with your Ocarina in hand to save the seven Sages and bring peace back to the land.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (8.58 million units sold; reflects both Wii and GameCube sale)
Released back in 2006 for both the Nintendo GameCube and the Nintendo Wii as Zelda’s first-ever dual release, Twilight Princess made quite the impact on many a gamer. After LoZ gamers played the likes of Wind Waker, Twilight Princess was a nice (and different) way to go back to the ‘normal’ Zelda (meaning no more Toon Link…). You take on the form of a wolf and take on a new partner (no fairy companions in this game) and traverse the Twilight Realm to reclaim Hyrule back into a land of light. This game was recently re-released in HD for the Nintendo Wii U, so if you haven’t played it, now is your chance.