Zelda Game Timeline

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One of Nintendo’s most beloved franchises, the Legend of Zelda has always had a tricky timeline to handle, but it’s one many of us love to play in.

What’s on the Zelda Game Timeline?

This is the unofficial Zelda game timeline for the series of games that started with the Legend of Zelda in 1986, and has since grown to become one of the most influential adventure game franchises of all time. This timeline is based on an official chronology that was released with the official companion book: Hyrule Historia, which we highly recommend picking up if you want to delve into this world. It’s not part of the chronology, but it will help you understand the world of Hyrule.

As always, let us know if there’s something else you think belongs on this timeline or anything that needs correcting. Thank you! And if you enjoyed this timeline, you might like some of our others, including our Metroid timeline.

Where to Start Playing Zelda Games?

This is a tricky question and one that many have different answers for. But for us, we recommend Breath of the Wild, since it’s newer and all of the Zelda games basically stand on their own. But if you’re looking to dive into the older games, we recommend starting at the beginning with The Legend of Zelda, or starting with another classic, Ocarina of Time.

Additional Resources:

#Get ItNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateSeriesNotes
1Skyward SwordGame2012-04-13The Legend of Zelda
The Minish CapGameHidemaro Fujibayashi2004-11-04The Legend of Zelda
3Four SwordsGame2002-12-02The Legend of Zelda
4Ocarina of TimeGameShigeru Miyamoto1998-11-21The Legend of Zelda
5Majora's MaskGameEiji Aonuma, Yoshiaki Koizumi2000-04-27The Twilight Realm
6Twilight PrincessGameEiji Aonuma2006-11-19The Twilight Realm
7Four Swords AdventuresGame2004-03-18The Twilight Realm
8A Link to the PastGameTakashi Tezuka1991-11-21The Decline of Hyrule
9Oracle of SeasonsGameHidemaro Fujibayashi2001-02-27The Decline of Hyrule
10Oracle of AgesGameHidemaro Fujibayashi2001-02-27The Decline of Hyrule
Link's AwakeningGameTakashi Tezuka1993-06-06The Decline of Hyrule
12A Link Between WorldsGame2013-11-22The Decline of Hyrule
13Tri Force HeroesGameHiromasa Shikata2015-10-22The Decline of Hyrule
14The Legend of ZeldaGameShigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka1986-02-21The Decline of Hyrule
15The Adventure of LinkGameTadashi Sugiyama, Yoichi Yamada1987-01-14The Decline of Hyrule
16The Wind WakerGameEiji Aonuma2002-12-13A New WorldAlternate world
17Phantom HourglassGame2007-06-23A New World
18Spirit TracksGame2009-12-01A New World
19Breath of the WildGameHidemaro Fujibayashi2017-03-03A New World