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One of Nintendo’s most beloved franchises, the Legend of Zelda has always had a tricky timeline to handle, but it’s one many of us love to play in.

What’s on the Zelda Game Timeline?

This is the unofficial Zelda game timeline for the series of games that started with the Legend of Zelda in 1986, and has since grown to become one of the most influential adventure game franchises of all time. This timeline is based on an official chronology that was released with the official companion book: Hyrule Historia, which we highly recommend picking up if you want to delve into this world. It’s not part of the chronology, but it will help you understand the world of Hyrule.

As always, let us know if there’s something else you think belongs on this timeline or anything that needs correcting. Thank you! And if you enjoyed this timeline, you might like some of our others, including our Metroid timeline.

Where to Start Playing Zelda Games?

This is a tricky question and one that many have different answers for. But for us, we recommend Breath of the Wild, since it’s newer and all of the Zelda games basically stand on their own. But if you’re looking to dive into the older games, we recommend starting at the beginning with The Legend of Zelda, or starting with another classic, Ocarina of Time.

Additional Resources:

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ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

The Legend of Zelda

Game

2012-04-13

2

The Legend of Zelda

Game

Hidemaro Fujibayashi

2004-11-04

3

The Legend of Zelda

Game

2002-12-02

4

The Legend of Zelda

Game

Shigeru Miyamoto
Toru Osawa
Yoshiaki Koizumi

1998-11-21

5

The Twilight Realm

Game

Mitsuhiro Takano
Shigeru Miyamoto
Yoshiaki Koizumi

2000-04-27

6

The Twilight Realm

Game

2006-11-19

7

The Twilight Realm

Game

2004-03-18

8

The Decline of Hyrule

Game

1991-11-21

9

The Decline of Hyrule

Game

2001-02-27

10

The Decline of Hyrule

Game

2001-02-27

11

The Decline of Hyrule

Game

Kensuke Tanabe
Yoshiaki Koizumi

1993-06-06

12

The Decline of Hyrule

Game

2013-11-22

13

The Decline of Hyrule

Game

2015-10-22

14

The Decline of Hyrule

Game

Keiji Terui
Takashi Tezuka

1986-02-21

15

The Decline of Hyrule

Game

Takashi Tezuka

1987-01-14

16

A New World

Game

2002-12-13

17

A New World

Game

2007-06-23

18

A New World

Game

2009-12-01

19

A New World

Game

Akihito Toda

2017-03-03

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