The 20 Greatest Bosses in Video Game History - #10: Ganondorf

Various Legend of Zelda games, NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Wii (presumably), DS (probably)

Ganon, Link, and Zelda. The three are inextricably linked. The story gets increasingly convoluted with each iteration of the franchise, but it usually boils down to Ganon wanting the Tri-Force so he can control Hyrule, and capturing Zelda so that she can’t stand in his way.

In a Nintendoverse dominated by cutesy types, including villains like Wario and Bowser, Ganon stood out for being the opposite: a legitimately frightening presence — particularly his horseback entrance in Ocarina of Time, rendered scarier still since Link is still a child. For that moment, you understood what was going on in Link’s mind. He looked menacing in the bright and bouncy cell-shaded world of Wind Waker. And even though you beat him the same way each time — stunned him with your sword, then hit him with an arrow — it never got any less satisfying.

- Ryan Stewart

Watch Ganondorf encounter Link fot he first time in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (YouTube)

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