Top Ten: Zelda Dungeons

Robin takes a look back at ten of the greatest challenges from the Zelda games.

By Robin Wilde. Posted 06/05/2013 14:00 8 Comments     ShareThis

This list was difficult to compile, not least for the number of dungeons contained within the 27-year Zelda series. There’s also a good couple of dozen “best” dungeons, and if we listed them all we’d be here until the moon fell out of the sky. Instead, we’ve decided the only way to truly compile this list was to take into account not just how entertaining it is to play, but also the creativity of the dungeon’s puzzles and its general aesthetic and design. So, with all that settled, let’s begin. Just mind that you don’t get sucked down the windpipe of a giant fish while you’re at it…

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8 Responses to “Top Ten: Zelda Dungeons”

  • 315 points
    Greg Wampler says...

    I know they were called palaces, but the Grand Palace should DEFINITELY be on here if only for the music alone.

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    geoffrey says...

    I just started going through OoT (I’ve never beaten any Zelda game – you may all stone me now; I’m about to do the adult Link side of the spirit temple) so I was obviously very fearful of the water temple as I approached it. I honestly felt let down.

    Now, to be fair, since I was playing it on the 3DS I did have the easier time switching between boots, since I hear that was hell on the N64. But that said, not only did I not die a single time, I only got “lost” once (took less than 2 minutes to recover), and I also didn’t have to use the blue cloak AT ALL. So unless there was some sort of enormous nerfing that happened between the N64 and the 3DS versions that I don’t know about, I really do not at all understand people’s complaints about the water temple.

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      lukas85 says...

      ohh man, that just show that grezzo made a real good job on the 3ds version of the temple, in the past you have to pause the game, go to items, select the boots, wait and then play with the boots, and 5 seconds later doing the same thing. besides it was more confusing because it didnt have clues on the walls. well at least not that detailed, but the main factor was the boots problem, now you just touch the screen and makes a great difference.

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    Matthew Tidman says...

    Seriously? Where’s the love for earlier Zelda games? It’s criminal that A Link to the Past wasn’t represented at all. Several of those dungeons are amazing in the way they make you think. (The Water Temple in that game, for example). This was more a list of “The Best Zelda Dungeons Since Ocarina of Time.”

    I am disappoint :(

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    • 231 points
      Kyle England says...

      Agreed. I love how Skull Woods in ALttP made the entire forest a dungeon with multiple entrances.

      My personal favorite dungeons would include OoT’s Forest Temple, The Temple of Time in TP, and either the Mine or SandShip in SS (gotta love that TimeShift mechanic).

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    scott.r.casey@gmail.com says...

    Why is each dungeon listed on a separate page? This is ridiculous.

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    Robert Marrujo says...

    Hm, I can’t say I disagree, but this is a close one for me; I love going through Hyrule Castle at the end of Twilight Princess. Just going into the castle was stunning, but cap it off with the most epic final battle with Ganon and it’s definitely a contender.

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