Legend of Zelda Awards

The purpose of this feature is to list the awards that the Zelda series and individual Zelda games have won over the years. I would like to thank for starting this list and providing the motivation. This is what cent208 has to say about the list:

"I decided to compile this list because Iím sure there is disagreement among the video game community of what is the greatest game of all time or what is the greatest video game series of all time. So I decided to compile this list to prove more objectively that the LoZ series is the greatest of all time. If one of your friends tries telling that Final Fantasy is better than Zelda just email them this list. It is my personal opinion that A Link to the Past is the Greatest Game of All Time but I am not an expert on this topic. Even though I have played countless games I am not an expert (like the rest of you) on this topic because I donít play all of the new games that come out. I feel the only experts are those that write for the video game magazines because they play more games than any of us. I decided not include small video game sites awards in this award list. I also did not include awards for only Nintendo systems, e.g. 2002 Gameboy Advance Game of the Year. I am sure LoZ won more awards than are listed below but unfortunately Iím not aware of every award so I need all of your help to post any other awards that are not listed below. I am especially looking for awards that a Link to the Past or the original LoZ might have won as well awards from Japanese publications. I suspect video game awards may not have been awarded in the late 80ís/early 90ís. I am also interested in perfect scores that Zelda games have won over the years. For example, I remember Electronic Gaming Monthly awarding a few Zelda games perfect 10/10 scores but I canít remember which ones. Thanks for your help."

If you want to contribute an award to this list, .

  • Famitsu Magzine: perfect 40/40 score: Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  • Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (Annual Interactive Achievement Awards)
    2003 AIAS - Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction - The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
    2000 AIAS - Console Action/Adventure - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
    2000 AIAS - Game Design - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
    1998 AIAS - Console Game of the Year - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    (Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons, and A Link to the Past/Four Swords all received nominations)
    Download detailed descriptions of the AIAS awards, submitted by Chris Olson:
    1999 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003
  • *Next Generation Magazine #50: 100 Greatest Videogames of All Time - LoZ (series) #1
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly # 100 (11/97): 100 Greatest Videogames of All Time - #72: Zelda 2: Adventure of Link, #28: Legend of Zelda: Linkís Awakening, #13: Legend of Zelda, #3: Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly # 150 (1/02): 100 Greatest Videogames of All Time - #95: Zelda 2: Adventure of Link, #55: Legend of Zelda: Linkís Awakening DX, #40: Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, #39: Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, #25: Legend of Zelda, #8: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, #7: Legend of Zelda: Majoraís Mask, #3: Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
  • IGN (4/02-03?) Ė Top 100 Games - #6 Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past, #2 Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Famitsu Magzine: perfect 40/40 score: Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
    Note: only 4 games have received perfect 40/40 scores and 2 of them are Zelda games
  • Entertainment Weekly, (5/9/03): -100 Greatest Video Games Ė Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past #1
  • *Electronic Gaming Monthly # 175 (2/04): Top 15 Games of the Millennium Ė LoZ (series) #1
  • Gamespot 2003 Game of the Year: Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  • Play Magazine: 2003 Game of the Year: Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

* these publications did not list individual games of a series, but listed game series

Contributors

cent208
Chris Olson
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