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The best Zelda-likes to play while you wait for Tears of the Kingdom

With the recent addition of old Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games to Nintendo’s online subscription service, it’s easier than ever to play most of the classic Zelda games. Polygon has been replaying these games in preparation for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom coming in May. In 2023, they plan to embark on a « Zeldathon » to play through the series from the original 1986 game to the latest release and beyond. However, it’s also fun to play games inspired by Zelda, as different studios interpret the franchise’s action-adventure pillars in their own ways. The criteria for what makes a Zelda game a Zelda game are vague and malleable, leading to a wide range of « Zelda-like » games. Polygon has compiled a list of their favorites, including Eastward, Death’s Door, Okami HD, Nobody Saves the World, Tunic, Unsighted, Fez, and Outer Wilds. These games offer a mixture of puzzles, combat, time manipulation, and exploration, reminiscent of the beloved Zelda series.