Welcome to the first installment of The Essentials, a new weekend feature celebrating the best that the digital medium has to offer. We’re curating this list to be a resource gamers can use similar to a "required reading" list.
In our collection you’ll find titles from across generations and genres, along with our reasons for selecting them for this honor. As importantly, we’ll be including all of the platforms on which these games released, so you can find the best way to play them if you haven’t already.
The Essentials begins with one of Nintendo’s finest efforts and, arguably, the best The Legend of Zelda series has to offer. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, the third title in the franchise (excepting the Game & Watch entries), brings the series back to its top-down roots in its sole entry on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.