The long history of our scores for this legendary series.

With this week’s announcement of the Nintendo Switch remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, some of you younger gamers out there might be wondering what all the fuss is about. You see, way back in the late ’80s and early ’90s our Nintendo handheld systems had some great games, but they rarely compared favorably to what you could play on a TV. Link’s Awakening, however, proved that you could have a full-fledged Legend of Zelda experience on the go. That’s in part because the top-down Zelda formula is virtually invulnerable to the passage of time, so even though the grayscale graphics weren’t quite up to par with A Link to the Past on SNES, it was close enough to get the point across.

IGN might not have been around back in those days (because the internet wasn’t either), but thanks to after-the-fact Virtual Console games and re-releases we’ve got scores on the books for pretty much every Zelda game there’s ever been. Take a few moments to scroll through our long history of Zelda scores, then weigh in on the poll below to let us know where you think the high point of the series was.

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