Guess how many Zelda games there have been. Now double it. Between its humble beginnings on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986 to its first 3D outing on the N64 in 1998, to its newest, open-world masterpiece – The Legend of Zelda has spawned no less than twenty five games. That number goes up again if you include spin-offs (Dekisugi Tingle Pack for DS, anyone?) but despite Zelda’s habit of scoring near perfect reviews for every major release, that total includes some bafflingly awful lesser entries.
Top of that particular list are the famous 1993 Phillips CD-i games – the very definition of the answer to a question no one asked (possibly because they didn’t know the console itself even existed as almost no one did). Link: The Faces of Evil, Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon and Zelda's Adventure (where you played as Zelda, not Link) combined painful animated sequences with some of the worst side-scrolling platform games ever made in a clear attempt to simultaneously destroy both the Zelda franchise and your will to live in three horrible, CD-ROM-based abominations. At least the world map was cool.
As The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild owns every waking hour of both Wii U fans and those lucky enough to get their hands on a Switch, we put together a supercut of every Zelda game we could find from the past 31 years (minus the spin-offs) – which is as good an introduction to both the series and the history of video games as you could ask for in under three minutes.