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Nintendo Power was a monthly news and strategy magazine initially published in-house by Nintendo of America and later by Future US. It was Nintendo's official magazine in the United States and Canada. On August 21, 2012, Nintendo announced that Nintendo Power would cease publication on December 2012.[1] Nintendo Power also produced the official strategy guides for Nintendo games, including The Legend of Zelda series, until it ceased publication.

Issues with The Legend of Zelda Content[]

Articles on The Legend of Zelda[]

Test of Time[]

In November 2008, as part of the 10th anniversary since the release of Ocarina of Time, Nintendo Power interviewed series director Eiji Aonuma for discussion about the development of the game, as well as its influence on the gaming industry, what are his favorite aspects of the game, and what elements were planned at first for it. In this interview, Aonuma also said that he would continue working for the series until creating a game superior to Ocarina of Time.

Ultimate Zelda[]

This article was written to celebrate the launch of Spirit Tracks. It included Nintendo Power's staff favorite games, as well as their favorite aspects of them.[2]

Top 5[]

  1. Ocarina of Time
  2. A Link to the Past
  3. The Legend of Zelda
  4. Twilight Princess
  5. Link's Awakening

Best of the series[]

285 Greatest Games of All Time[]

In their final issue, the staff of Nintendo Power gave their 285 greatest games of all time, the list included every main The Legend of Zelda title released to that date.

1. Ocarina of Time
2. A Link to the Past
9. The Wind Waker
11. Skyward Sword
12. The Legend of Zelda
25. Link's Awakening DX
33. Twilight Princess
34. Majora's Mask
36. The Minish Cap
58. The Adventure of Link
109. Oracle of Seasons
110. Oracle of Ages
170. Spirit Tracks
177. Four Swords Adventures
194. Phantom Hourglass

Game of the Year[]

The Nintendo Power Awards were an annual ceremony of recognition which selected the best game of the respective year. During the magazine's lifespan, various The Legend of Zelda games were awarded with the Game of the Year title.

  • 1988: The Adventure of Link
  • 1998: Ocarina of Time
  • 2000: Majora's Mask
  • 2003: The Wind Waker
  • 2006: Twilight Princess
  • 2011: Skyward Sword

The Legend of Zelda Official Nintendo Player's Guides[]


Player's Guides[]

See Also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Nintendo Power's last issue will be the December 2012 issue, which will be mailed to subscribers in late November and sold on newsstands starting December 4."September Issue, NintendoPower.com (Archive), retrieved June 20, 2017.
  2. "We name our favorite boss, dungeon, weapon, and more, and pick the best Zelda game of all time!" (Nintendo Power no. 248, December 2009, [which page?])