Super Mario, Metroid, Donkey Kong, Animal Crossing, and others are among the most popular Nintendo games. The Legend of Zelda is a well-known game series that began in 1986 when Nintendo released the first game for the Famicom Disk System. Since then, the series has developed over 25 new games, all of which have brought something new to the table.
Although most games in the series are either well-known for their unique gameplay or outstanding storytelling, all of them have always had excellent in-game characters. One such memorable character is Princess Zelda herself, who has displayed a different personality in each game. These games in particular highlight her performances in the popular franchise.
10 The Legend of Zelda (1987)
The Legend of Zelda was first released in 1986 as a Famicom Disk System exclusive. However, it wasn't until it became a household name on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
The Legend of Zelda is an old game that had little involvement from side characters. Princess Zelda is most or less a prisoner of Ganon in the first installment, but she is only a central character in the game's legend. She is therefore not as powerful here as she is in later games.
9 The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
The Minish Cap is a GBA title that was released later on the 3DS and Wii U, and was well received by the fans. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap is an action-adventure game that continues the story of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords.
Princess Zelda is presented as Hyrule's majesty and Link's companion, who gives him a shield that helps him through the game. Unfortunately, the game's main antagonist Vaati soon turns Zelda to stone, giving Link a reason to continue on his quest.
8 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
A Link Between Worlds is a Nintendo 3DS title that first came out in 2013. Being one of the last Zelda titles on the platform, A Link Between Worlds fully utilizes the hardware to give players the best possible gaming experience.
Princess Zelda in the 3DS title maintains her royal appearance from games like Ocarina of Time. In the game, the princess assists Link with the Bow of Light, the most powerful weapon in the final boss fight against Yuga. That alone makes A Link Between Worlds' Princess Zelda a smart and powerful character.
7 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a Nintendo Wii title that first appeared in 2011. It is the only major Zelda game on the platform that uses Wii MotionPlus controls.
So, Skyward Sword's Zelda is far more relatable than ever before. Her adventures in Skyward Sword's Zelda include everything from Wing Ceremony to Faron Woods to Eldin Volcano, and so on. Moreover, her sacrifices in the game make her a powerful portrayal of the character.
6 The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Phantom Hourglass is a sequel to the GameCube title The Wind Waker. Many of the same characters from the previous game are shown, including Princess Zelda. However, Zelda does not appear to be a member of a royal family in the game.
Instead, she's a well-trained pirate named Tetra, who became a captain at a young age after her mother's death. Tetra is a gifted combatant who assists Link throughout his journey. She is also extremely adventurous in Phantom Hourglass, even leaping into the huge ghost ship without fear.
5 Hyrule Warriors
Hyrule Warriors is a sequel to The Legend of Zelda games that includes hack-and-slash gameplay instead of the usual action-adventure mechanics. This game is a hybrid of the popular Dynasty Warriors series and characters from The Legend of Zelda.
Princess Zelda is one of the most playable characters in the game, along with Link. Zelda is a master at using the Rapier sword, as well as well-versed in using the Wind Waker and Light Bow. She's also very brave and even takes part in defending her castle from the enemies.
4 The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is a Nintendo DS title that continues a hundred years after Phantom Hourglass. Therefore, it does not depict Princess Zelda as Tetra. Instead, this Zelda is a descendant of the popular pirate.
Zelda embarks on a quest with Link to solve the mystery of the vanished Spirit Tracks. Like her great-great-grandmother, Spirit Tracks' Princess Zelda is an extremely adventurous character who sacrifices herself and helps the player in a spirit form.
3 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Due to its unique gameplay and stunning open world, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may be one of the most popular games in the franchise. Despite some flaws, Breath of the Wild offers the most detailed characters, making it stand out.
Princess Zelda is the ruler of Hyrule, who is also extremely smart and powerful. She has a keen interest in discovering ancient tools, such as Divine Beasts, Guardians, and the Shrine of Trials, and has been battling Ganon for 100 years.
2 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a fantastic game with a very serious tone compared to other games in the franchise. Therefore, the Twilight Princess characters are more fascinating than ever. Princess Zelda in the game is again the Royal Majesty of Hyrule. She's also one of the playable protagonists.
Princess Zelda assists Link on his journey and assists him in his final boss battle against Ganondorf, making her an extremely competent side character in Twilight Princess.
1 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is probably the game that made the series so popular as it is today. It has a great story, engaging gameplay, and amazing characters, making it a true Zelda experience.
Princess Zelda in Ocarina of Time is once again a Royal part of Hyrule and a significant asset in Link's journey. She assists Link by giving him the Ocarina of Time itself, which is the game's central plot. She assists the protagonist in regaining Master Sword and defeating Ganon, the last boss.