By Jonathon DornbushDarren Franich and Aaron Morales
Updated February 19, 2016 at 06:37 PM EST

The Legend of Zelda has been launching players off to save the princess, collect the triforce, and defeat Ganon — either in pig, human, or other forms — for 30 years. Link after Link has ventured out into the plains, dungeons, temples, and more of Hyrule and the occasional other fantasy world.

One of Nintendo’s longest running franchises, The Legend of Zelda, which turns 30 on Feb. 21, has remained a touchstone of every major Nintendo console and handheld release. We barely know a thing about the upcoming major entry in the franchise, and it’s already one of EW’s most anticipated games of 2016.

While that upcoming entry as well as an HD update of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess are both on the way to ring in the 30th anniversary of the franchise, there is a long and storied history of adventures for fans to revisit or that newcomers should still experience. The original Zelda, Ocarina of Time, Link to the Past, and so many entries in the Zelda franchise have become beloved classics, hallmarks of the entire medium and some of their respective generation’s best games.

With that in mind, several of EW’s staffers ranked their three favorite The Legend of Zelda games. Read on for why these Zelda‘s have stood the test of time, remained indelible moments in our gaming histories, and how they keep us coming back to a 30-year-old franchise that shows no signs of slowing down.

Jonathon Dornbush

Darren Franich

Aaron Morales

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