Considering the best-selling Mario game reached the heady heights of 40 million units sold, it's somewhat alarming that no Zelda game has sold even a quarter of that.

Still, The Legend of Zelda remains to be one of Nintendo's best loved franchises - and one of my all time favourite adventure series. While Link's adventures may not have sold nearly as many as his red plumber friend's, that doesn't mean these figures — well into their millions — are to be scoffed at. Here are the five best-selling Zelda games of all time.

It's worth noting that I'm only counting the original releases. Several Zelda games have been re-released either in terms of a HD remaster or via virtual console. Nintendo don't make their virtual console sales figures known, so it'd be impossible to include these.

5. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, SNES (1991)

Approximately 4.61 million copies sold

A Link to the Past is my favourite game. I'm sure I've mentioned that about 50 times across numerous articles I've written here in the past couple of years, but I'll say it again: A Link to the Past is my favourite game. I'm pleased it appears in the five best-selling games — it deserves it — but I'm rather surprised it doesn't feature a little higher.

A Link to the Past released for Super Nintendo in 1991, and while it was the first Zelda game that I played (c'mon, I was only three when it released!), the series had already been well-established by that time. It's one of the top 10 best-selling SNES games of all time, and still does well to this day thanks to its virtual console release.

It'll also be on the Mini SNES when that releases next month, so if you're lucky enough to get your hands on it,  you'll get to experience what might just be Link's best adventure yet. Well... apart from Breath of the Wild. Maybe. I can't quite make my mind up.

4. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, DS (2007)

Approximately 5.05 million copies sold

Phantom Hourglass is a strange one. Sure, we loved it — it was Zelda, after all — but Link's first foray onto the Nintendo DS saw him take on a new art style and some new gameplay quirks. For the most part, it was great fun... but oh, those dungeons. Once was enough.

Like most games on this list Phantom Hourglass is now available via Virtual Console on Wii U, but the DS cartridges are still easy enough to pick up and play well on modern 3DS consoles.

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