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.
- A Beginner’s Guide to the Legend of Zelda
- Top Companions for Link in the Legend of Zelda Series
- Best Console Games
- Best Handheld Games