4. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2003)
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Toon Link was a controversial protagonist during the development of this strikingly different Zelda entry, but once it was released it was met with almost universal acclaim. A new look for Link, new sailing mechanics, and breathtaking aesthetics propelled this new Zelda adventure to the top of players' "to-play" lists, and for good reason: it's magnificent.