Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

While it's a direct sequel to Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and features the same incarnation of Link, Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask steps outside of the typical series formula and creates a game with an incredibly unique but eery atmosphere, amazingly developed characters, and a plethora of unique items. Link, cursed as a Deku Scrub, enters this alternate, doomed world known as Termina.

After the events of Ocarina of Time, the series timeline splits into three different events. Majora's Mask falls in what is considered the "middle" timeline where Ganondorf is defeated, but Link is sent back to his childhood and warns Zelda about everything that happens in the future. Since the journey ended, Navi had left since she fulfilled her duty, and Link and the Ocarina of Time began on a new quest in search of her.

However, while in the Lost Woods, he runs into a Skull Kid wearing a suspicious mask and two fairies and loses both his horse and the ocarina. After chasing them, he is transformed into a Deku Scrub and, along with the fairy Tatl, continues to pursue the imp until they reach a strange land known as Termina.

Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask takes place over the course of three days in Termina with the moon projected to impact the surface on what would be the morning of the fourth day. With the aide of the Ocarina of Time, Link is able to manipulate time and relive these three days over and over again, taking back only key items that he acquires. While time travel is not new to the Legend of Zelda series, the cyclic nature of the game is. Link must travel back and forth through time in order to save Termina.