Editions: 16 The Legend of Zelda (1986), Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1988), The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1992), The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1998), The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time/Master Quest (1998), The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (2000), The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (2001), The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords/Anniversary Edition (2002), The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002), The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (2004), The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (2004), The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006), The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (2007), The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (2009), The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (2011), The Legend of Zelda - remake (to be announced)

Publisher: Nintendo

Decades ago, role-playing games had only been exclusive to the truly nerdy and fanatical. It was The Legend of Zelda that crossed Link the Hyrulian over into the mainstream. As parts action-adventure, RPG and puzzler, Zelda appealed to a wide range of gamers. This kept the franchise going for 15 more releases and an animated series for two generations to enjoy. Talk about staying power.