4. Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (1998)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is arguably the best (or most well-known) LOZgame in the series’ history. It stands the test of time as the first Zelda game to transition from the pixel days to explore 3D graphics for a next Nintendo generation console. Gone were the 2D side-scrolling adventures, Nintendo created Link’s biggest adventure yet–and I loved every minute of it!
Link starts the game as a small child without any experience as a warrior (or a fairy companion). He soon defeats his first dungeon and gets pulled into a mission by Princess Zelda which Link will traverse through the many areas of the Kingdom of Hyrule, several dungeons and time itself to solve a mystery surrounding the missing seven Sages, the only powers able to stop Ganondorf from ruling the kingdom. It’s an expansive world of adventures and songs to learn on the new ocarina. For a new system at the time like the Nintendo 64, Ocarina of Time offered plenty of content and stages to create a worthwhile adventure for gamers.
Ocarina of Time was a new and updated adventure for gamers to get hooked on the N64. It’s one of the first adventure video games I completed from start-to-finish and I felt accomplished finally defeating Ganon at the end. From pulling the Master Sword to playing iconic songs on the Ocarina of Time, this Zelda game is fan favourite and true treasure from the N64 years.