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General Zelda The Zelda Game That Took You the Longest to Beat.


つ ◕_◕ ༽つ
Nov 12, 2007
In bed
Majora's Mask! My hunt for every single mask to finally get Fierce Deity lasted quite long. I have no idea how long, but I know I played it much more than any other Zelda game with just 1 playthrough. Was a lot younger then and didn't use a guide, there was a lot of trial and error!
May 4, 2014
There's still plenty of Zelda games I haven't finished but Minish Cap would be the one that took me the longest to beat. I got a wee bit obsessed with the secret shells and kinstones and that one puzzle in dark hyrule castle with the colored squares frustrated me for forever!


Indigo-Go's Bassist
Mar 8, 2013
It's a tie between Skyward Sword and Majora's Mask. It took me ages to beat Majora's Mask because my original goal was to beat it in the summer and not have it overflow into the school year because I was going into high school. So whenever it would overflow I would then restart the game and pick it up back next summer.

On the Skyward Sword side, I first got it for christmas the year it came out. I was playing it on the TV in my bedroom which was small and I couldn't read any text on the screen, so I stopped playing it in frustration because I couldn't see a thing and I didn't want to move the Wii downstairs to the better TV. I also needed new glasses so that might have been a reason I couldn't see. Then I was playing through the game with my boyfriend but then we only played it occasionally and we were stuck in the Lanayru Mining Facility and kept going around the wrong rooms and we couldn't get to the boss room and I was just frustrated in general and we stopped playing Skyward Sword and moved onto some weird playstation game

I finished Majora's Mask in February of this year and Skyward Sword around June.

Firice da Vinci

Distinct lack of Leonardo
Jun 15, 2010
Renaissance Italy
I believe that The Minish Cap and Skyward Sword both took up a significant amount of hours for me to complete. For SS, the game was just designed to last longer than previous installments. I was also playing the game blind the first (and only) time around, which made me more inclined to explore, take mental notes of suspicious areas, try to figure out what was next in a quest, and what items worked on what enemies. Plus, I got lost in every dungeon. I think that includes the first, but I cannot be entirely sure.

The Minish Cap is harder to understand. For one, getting all the figurines for a 100% run takes many an hour. The Kinstone fusions are difficult to find partners for, as multiple characters can all get the same results, so walkthroughs may not help much if you fused previously with a character it did not suggest, not to mention all the times I need to fuse, but was lacking the proper Kinstone. Because of those difficulties getting all the hidden pieces of heart was a pain, plus the one that you need from the girl that continuously loses her Cuccos. Under a standard playthrough, TMC would not take much time to beat at all, but my completion nature extended the process.


Innocent but not fearful.
Jul 27, 2012
Canada, eh
Adventure of Link! I started the game with determination but as my death count rapidly grew my motivation began to dwindle. :P I picked the game up again a few weeks later and got the job done.

Mellow Ezlo

Spoony Bard
Dec 2, 2012
Ocarina of Time

I started playing the game when I was 2, didn't beat it until a few years ago.

EDIT: In terms of total playtime, the longest for me was actually Twilight Princess, with 93 on my first playthrough. Although that's mostly because I spent a lot of time looking for hidden stuff and exploring everywhere. It took me a long time to realize you had to bomb down the stalactites in the Lakebed Temple too...
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Probably Skyward Sword due to all the filler fetch quests and backtracking :(
Aug 7, 2014
Out of the short list of Zelda games I've beaten, it would be Twilight Princess. I would estimate it took me two or three months to finish it, and who knows how many hours I logged. It was also the first Zelda game I sat down and played from beginning to finish, so naturally I didn't have the aid of knowledge from previous games.


Piper of Time
Aug 11, 2011
The Lost Woods
Hard to say. I have had plenty of games that I started, but then put down until picking them back up. In general, most of the Zelda games I've finished, seemed to be between 13-15 hours. I'm actually thinking I spent a couple more hours on Wind Waker.
Mar 7, 2011
The Netherlands
MM hands down,with WW coming second. MM is the most difficult Zelda I ever played because it was far less linear than OoT for example. I was quite young when I played both games, OoT was pretty straightforward and it was mostly obvious what you had to do although not always easy. MM I found far less obvious. It took me hours to just do the bomber hideout thing, and some of the other stuff at the start. And later the order of what to do was very unclear as well, never had that problem with OoT.

WW took long with all the sailing and the huge over world to cover.
Oct 14, 2013
Zelda II, mainly because I'm still working on it. It's taking me years. And all because the caverns you go through to get the hammer are super hard. The whole game is hard. Unfair.
I did that without getting the candle in the first palace. Had to grind a few levels first. And here's the video of me doing it.

For me in terms of hours played I'd say Skyward Sword took me the longest. All that grinding for materials took ages.


BoDoc Horseman
Nov 24, 2012
Wind Waker probably. I may be wrong, because I do remember Twilight Princess took me forever to even get past the Lakebed Temple. (I used to think that unlocking the ability to switch from wolf to human was near the far into the game). But the Triforce Quest in WW took me forever, as I barely knew what I was doing. For the longest time I thought getting all the joy pendants for the teacher was just a sidequest, so I ignored it.

Don't even get me started on the ghost ship. It took me ages to realize I needed a scroll to get on it, and even longer to track it down. I thought it only appeared on the destroyed island every night.


default setting: sarcastic prick
Dec 17, 2012
Wind Waker, hands down. I spent way too much time sailing around. My TP file sits at just under 70 hours (though this includes quite a bit of bug / poe / item hunting). The rest of the games really only took a weekend or so of dedicated play to knock out - AoL, LoZ, and LttP took a bit longer. I wasn't very bright when I was 8-11 years old.

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