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Release year: 1991 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Nintendo (Nintendo EAD)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
Suddenly, one night, our hero Link hears the voice of Zelda, princess of vast Hyrule kingdom, calling him telepathically from inside a Hyrule Castle dungeon… And the adventure of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, one of the first SNES RPG games, starts. Beautiful graphics, awesome audio and an epic plot.
The second game to The Legend of Zelda saga is not a breath of fresh air. But A Link to the Past breathes life to the Zelda universe making it more compelling, believable and understandable to the common folk.
With more bits to play with, the SNES version of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (AKA ゼルダの伝説 神々のトライフォース in Japan) has more stunning graphics, more worlds to explore (2 worlds) and more defined graphics than the first episode. But that’s not to downplay Zelda 1. That game was an epic on its own with a free-flowing gameplay set on a world so massive that the cartridge came with a map. Perhaps too much freedom is still bad because it’s easy to play through the game out of order and story development was sacrificed. TLOZ: A Link to the Past turned this chaos into order. We love its pixels!
The Zelda creators have decided to give the game a more linear and focused flow but still giving the players enough leeway to move and act around the expansive land of Hyrule. There are still choices to make and multiple paths to traverse, but all the while the story is advanced, giving a more coherent experience.
That’s not to say that the game designers created lesser worlds to explore. If the number of dungeons will be the criteria for rating a Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past will top all of the installments. And hosted on a more powerful console with more colors to play with, each labyrinth is rendered with artistry and vibrancy common to all Zelda games. It’s a showcase of graphics and eye candies from the background, to the characters, and to the special effects.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, like Ocarina of Time for the N64, is one of those video games that are tempting gamers to finish in one sitting because of the immersive storyline combined with great gameplay and superb graphics. But given the vast scale and scope of the quest, it might be impossible to.
As Link in this epic adventure, will you be able to defeat Ganon (Ganondorf), and save the princess Zelda and the land of Hyrule?
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was ported to the Game Boy Advance console in year 2003 and later to Virtual Console: Nintendo 3DS, Wii and Wii U. A successor to the game, titled The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, was released for the 3DS in 2013. This game will never die!
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