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The Legend of Zelda

has been popular ever since it debuted on the


. 2021 marks this series’ 35th anniversary and it has a lot of celebrated titles under its belt. Fans want HD remasters of a lot of the main entries like

The Wind Waker


Ocarina of Time



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What about the lesser-known titles? There are some games out there that many fans haven’t been able to play since they were released. Some fans may not even know these games existed at all or maybe they just forgot about them. Some aren't that memorable, but others may need a revival in some way. The Philips CD-i games almost made the list, but those are more like games fans wish they could forget. Instead here's a look back at forgotten titles on the









Game Boy

, and more.


BS Zelda no Densetsu

The Japanese SNES

got an exclusive add-on called the Satellaview. With it came a plethora of digital games including two


titles that were released episodically.

The first was

BS Zelda No Densetsu

in 1995 which was a remake of the first game. The other was

BS The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets

in 1997 which sort of continued the adventures of

A Link to the Past



Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland

was released in 2006

for the DS

. It was also released in Europe a year later. It’s an adventure puzzle game starring Tingle.

He actually got a lot of spinoffs with some coming to Europe but others staying in Japan.

Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love

was released as a Japanese exclusive in 2009 and played similarly to the other DS game.


Link's Crossbow Training

Link's Crossbow Training

was released in 2007

for the Wii

. It was a light-gun shooter that took place in the

Twilight Princess

world as that game released just a year prior.


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During development, it was actually going to be more involved than just a light-gun shooter. Ideas were scrapped with the hopes that they would be reused for a now-canceled sequel.


The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures


for the GameCube

in 2004. It is one of few games on the GameCube that tried to maximize the potential of combining the console with the Game Boy Advance.

Up to four players could team up, using the GBA as a controller and map. It was an expensive game to set up but it was also a lot of fun.


The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Ages

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons


Oracle of Ages

were 2001 Game Boy Color releases. They played like traditional top-down Zelda games with one favoring the power of time travel and the other favoring tampering with seasons as the gimmicks.

They were the first games Nintendo gave to Capcom to develop which was a gamble that paid off. Their plans were even more ambitious, with a now canceled third title in the works at one point.


The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

was another Capcom-made Zelda title and was released in 2005

for the GBA

. This game's gimmick was unique in that Link’s hat could shrink him down.

The concept alone makes

The Minish Cap

one of the more notable



It stands as a great top-down entry in the series that has been seemingly forgotten for generations now.


The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

was a spiritual sequel to

The Wind Waker

. It starred a version of Link in a flooded Hyrule, although it was not the same as in the GameCube game.

Released for the Nintendo DS,

Phantom Hourglass was a fresh take on the series at the time of its release.

Instead of a sailboat, Link and his Jack Sparrow-like friend, Captain Linebeck, use a steamboat complete with artillery and other interesting features.


The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks


a DS and Virtual Console game

which released a couple of years later in 2009. The game served as the successor to

Phantom Hourglass

and earned much praise from critics and fans alike.

It made use of a train as its main gimmick. That’s a first for the


series. A lot of complaints about the previous title was that it took place in one dungeon which this game rectifies. While it got good reviews, it never really exploded in popularity among the fandom.


The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

was a 2015 3DS release. It was sort of like a spiritual successor to

Four Swords Adventures

except it only supported three players.


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The unique twist was that the various Links could put on costumes. This gave them unique powers to solve certain puzzles faster. While cute, reviews thought it felt a little uninspired and the multiplayer was a bit hard to set up.


The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

was a 2013 3DS sequel to

A Link to the Past

. This was a big deal at the time because many think that the SNES game is the best top-down entry in the series, if not the best overall.

Many mechanics would also inspire

Breath of the Wild

in some way. For example, instead of getting a tool in a dungeon to then using it to solve said dungeon, tools could be rented. It made the game less linear and thus more open.


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Tristan Jurkovich

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Tristan Jurkovich began his career as a journalist in 2011. His childhood love of video games and writing fuel his passion for archiving this great medium’s history. He dabbles in every genre, but he’s particularly fond of RPGs and portable consoles. Aside from writing, Tristan also produces a plethora of videos on his YouTube Channel, ReActionExaminer. Check it out!

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