The Essential Zelda Games To Play Before ‘Breath of the Wild 2’

The Legend of Zelda is one of the main games people think of when they hear the word “video game.”  

With the widely anticipated next addition to the series, the as-of-yet untitled Breath of the Wild sequel, scheduled for release sometime this year (fingers crossed it doesn’t suffer delays), we thought we’d take a look back at some of the most noteworthy Zelda games since the series’ inception in the mid-1980s, highlighting the ones every Zelda fan absolutely must play. 

The Legend of Zelda

The first entry in the now-classic series, The Legend of Zelda follows the adventures of an elf-human boy named Link in the mythical fantasy kingdom of Hyrule. 

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Taking place years after the first two Zelda games, A Link to the Past sees Link again battling series’ antagonist Ganon to save Hyrule, while also attempting to rescue the descendants of the Seven Stages (magical protectors meant to defend Hyrule). 

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

With the high acclaim the game won upon release, it’s easy to see that Link’s Awakening was more than able to do just that, going on to be named one of the greatest video games of all time, and later being remade for the Switch. 

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

A direct influence on everything from Grand Theft Auto III to The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, Ocarina of Time set a high standard for video games that followed, helping keep the Zelda franchise relevant 12 years after the franchise officially began.