Easily the best game in the entire wait what do you mean it didn't get enough votes for the top fifteen oh god where's the delete key oh god
Oops, uh, yeah, I meant Ocarina of Time (which, it should be noted, includes pretty much ZERO crossbow training, so I'm a little confused how this took the number one slot). Yes, the first Zelda game to make the transition to the 3rd dimension is also the most well-regarded and highly-praised. Where a lot of games couldn't make the transition from 2D to 3D work at all (lookin' at you, Castlevania), Zelda found a way to actually excel with Ocarina of Time.
It feels a little pointless to rehash any of the details of the plot or gameplay, since everyone is so familiar with it, but let's do it anyway: the game doubled-down on cinematic sequences to great results, Z-targeting became a huge factor in making the game work and was copied by countless other games, and added some things that changed the Zelda series completely (including introducing Epona, one of the best musical scores in any Zelda game, and time travel to the series). And even though in a lot of ways it copied the framework of A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time was the perfect amalgamation of gameplay, music, design, and everything else that makes a game a game. Even 15 years later (and yes, holy shit, it's been 15 years since the game came out), it stands as one of the greatest games ever made, and according to you the greatest Zelda game of all-time.
Also, it was probably the first Zelda game that would make you feel real awkward to play in front of your parents