NES Legend of Zelda
NES The Adventure of Link
SNES A Link to the Past
GB Link's Awakening
Ocarina of Time
I played the original Legend of Zelda so much when I was a kid that I had every map memorized, and everything from the Second Quest too. I played through this game so many time.
Adventure of Link was enjoyable enough, and I liked the leveling up system of picking hearts, shields, and weapons. Upthrust and Downthrust were cool. I -never- finished this game. I only made it through the final dungeon a few times and never beat the final shadow guy.
A Link to the Past is up there with FF3(6) as one my favorite games of all time. I loved the story, the colors, the controls, the Light/Dark World... OMG so good. And the introduction of the Hookshot, one of my favorite game items ever.
Link's Awakening on the gameboy was also awesome and I spent a lot of time playing it. Again it had a great story and the dungeons were varied and cool. Big world to explore, side quests (the flower exchange)... yeah, just awesome.
Ocarina of Time was fun I suppose but I really didn't get into it. I played through the game, but there was something about it. There were good parts like using the hookshot and the puzzles in the dungeons, but it just didn't grab me the same way that Link to the Past did. Maybe it was the emphasis on the fact that Link was just a child, and the Forest thing seemed off-story to me.
And finally Majora's Mask, I did not play this one much. I dinked around with it a little but the game just seemed really small to me. Maybe I didn't get far enough into it, but I didn't like it.
Overall though, Zelda comes in a close second to Final Fantasy for me. I grew up with the first Four games and loved my time with them.
I haven't played many Zelda console games but when I bought Ocarina of Time for my 3DS I was amazed o.o I understand all the praise it got!
I have mostly played the handheld Zelda games like Minish cap, A link to the past for the GBA, Phantom hourglass and Spirit Tracks.
That reason is that I traveled alot when I was younger, the console games I played was mostly multiplayer games like Super Smash Bros etc, whenever I bought a singleplayer one I didn't tend to complete it because
A: I didn't know much English so it was basicly gameplay which made a good game for me, not story :P
B: I never had time to play it, or I just prioritized multiplayer games :P.
Because of much handheld gaming I was a huge pokemon nerd (still is, but I have no one to play with etc) and the first Zelda game I heard about was A Link to the Past because someone played it at school one day, this was in first to third grade can't remember exactly (I'm 16 now), so sometime later I bought it on my GBA :P.
One day my best friend showed me Wind Waker on the gamecube so I borrowed that (I had a Gamecube because I played much Mario Kart and SSBM) and I got stuck on the first place when Link dropped his sword and didn't play it again... What can I say I was and still am a cowardly chicken, I couldn't play that game alone because I thought it was scary D:. Watched a Lets Play of it by Chuggaaconroy on youtube somewhile ago though.
Now I'm a huge Zelda nerd and going to play Twilight Princess before Skyward Sword comes out,
So yeah, back to Ocarina of Time... it's easily one of the best games I played even if it's 12 or so years old :O.