A Link to the Past

Game Exchange: A Link to the Past’s Catfish

Colonel-MajoraJuly 17th, 2014 by Colonel-Majora

UntitledGaijin Gomba, host of the YouTube show Game Exchange: Culture Shock, has released a new episode about the catfish from A Link to the Past‘s Dark World. GG delves into the surprisingly deep roots of the real-life legends the catfish is based on.

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0Egoraptor, popular online animator, has made a new episode of his Sequelitis series, comparing A Link to the Past with Ocarina of Time. He examines many of the things that many Zelda fans never do. Honestly, he has probably signed himself up for some major backlash, since any argument against Ocarina of Time can be a dangerous venture, which he admits in the video itself, but he certainly makes some interesting arguments that one should hear before making any judgments.

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1SpeedDemosArchive and SpeedRunsLive are now live on Twitch.tv for their joint effort to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. For the next full week, 24 hours a day, speedrunners will play games from loads of different series, and giving out awesome prizes to people donating for the cause. Make sure to look out for the Zelda games coming up throughout the marathon!

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Great Zelda Parody of the Game of Thrones Intro

Colonel-MajoraJune 21st, 2014 by Colonel-Majora

UntitledThe Pixel Kingdom, a YouTube channel that makes high-quality animations and video game crossovers, has made a Zelda-themed parody of Game of Thrones’ intro animation. The pixelated music and pop-up visuals are very well-made, and the video is quickly getting quite popular.

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Untitled This June, from the 22nd to the 28th, the speedrunning community is once again coming together to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. The popular Summer Games Done Quick live marathon, hosted by Speed Demos Archive, is bringing together the best speedrunners of dozens of games, including five Zelda games, keeping people up all night to see their favorite games glitched, exploited and pushed to their limits. But the runners never stop there. Memes, races, donation incentives, prizes, and more will return for a whole week of literally non-stop entertainment.

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45391 This is a comparison of every main-line Zelda game on how they performed, how well they sold, and how long it took to complete. These are nobody’s opinions or arguments about these result- just straight down to the numbers.This table was put together by a site called ScoreGods and have really outdone themselves with the statistics.

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Milk Bar Mornings: Ads

MaanavLinkApril 2nd, 2014 by MaanavLink

Milk Bar logoWelcome back to another issue of Milk Bar Mornings! For this issue, we will be looking at songs from the various Zelda commercials that have been broadcasted. These songs have always been quirky, upbeat, and usually feature a rap or chant. We will be looking at commercials from both the United States and Japan. Like always, we will be looking at the technicalities as well as the story behind the song. So hit the jump to see what we have in store!

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Milk Bar logoWelcome back to Milk Bar Mornings for part three and the conclusion to our Serenity of the Guitar mini-series. To finish off Serenity of the Guitar we will be looking at pieces from the first three Zelda games, The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, and lastly A Link to the Past. These three games fully introduced the series and all of its potential, leading to the masterpiece of a series we have today. So to honor what these three games have done, we will be looking at the title theme from each of the three games. For those just coming into Serenity of the Guitar, we are looking at covers of songs from the Zelda Series for the Guitar sheet music book, which contains various themes from the series. Like always, we will be looking at various technicalities from the songs as well as the story. With that in mind, hit the jump to see what we have in store!

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98789465413Is the continued success of the series due to exploitation of nostalgia? This is the question that Jamin Warren of PBS Game Show has asked to the audience and he takes a look at the series as a whole and discusses what exactly keeps fans coming back.

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ALTTP mapFan art based on the Legend of Zelda series appear quite regularly. There are far too many pieces created too often for us to be able to talk about all of them.  Every once in a while something comes along that is not only an amazing piece of art, but it also shows the creator has dedicated a lot of time to the project. One such piece is a cross-stitch depicting the overworld map from A Link to the Past.

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As of February 2, 2014, A Link to the Past is at the top of this week’s Wii U eShop charts as the most downloaded game software. This doesn’t really come as too much of a surprise because the game is considered by many to be one of the best games of all time and it’s definitely getting some new attention from its new sequel, A Link Between Worlds.

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ZeldaMotionZeldamotion is an ongoing effort to convert the Akira Himekawa Legend of Zelda manga books into an animated series. The final release will be professionally voiced and scored. It’s being created with the utmost love and respect for Nintendo and the Zelda franchise – by fans, for fans.

This is the description from the website of the upcoming animated series currently in production by Aeipathy Industries, based upon the manga books by Akira Himekawa. The series is known as “Zeldamotion”, the first of which will be based on A Link to the Past. After the company’s Kickstarter campaign was unsuccessful, many thought the project had come to an end. It was later revealed that the project was still alive and well. Aeipathy Industries has just revealed the release date for the first episode.

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Awesome Zelda Fan Film: “The Dark Mask”

Colonel-MajoraJanuary 14th, 2014 by Colonel-Majora

UntitledA popular comedy channel on YouTube by the name of Mars Rising recently released a fantastic live-action Zelda fan film, called The Dark Mask. It has some great fighting choreography, a decent bit of humor, and great special effects, and could satisfy any Zelda fan with its references to multiple games in the series.

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Top 5 Dramatic Moments in Zelda

AngelJanuary 7th, 2014 by Angel

3582.link_In both of my last editorals, I mentioned how one of my favorite things about Zelda was how dramatic it can be when it wants to be. So, I decided to make a top five list of my favorite dramatic moments in Zelda’s history. These moments were chosen by me alone, and are among my favorite moments in Zelda all together. But there are also some major spoilers, so keep that in mind. Hit the jump to see my picks!

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The-Legend-of-Zelda-A-Link-Between-Worlds-vs.-A-Link-to-the-Past-22A Link Between Worlds, as the proclaimed sequel of A Link to the Past, reuses a lot of elements in order to evoke a sense of nostalgia in Zelda fans who played through the 1992 classic. The newest Zelda installment on the 3DS even borrows the entire overworld from A Link to the Past, albeit in both polygonal and stereoscopic 3D this time around. Did Nintendo made the right decision to lift huge chunks of content from A Link Between Worlds predecessor, or did they go a little bit overboard?

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BbTBO3jCYAE9JcaFollowing some gameplay video, NiNTENDOMiNATiON tweeted about the Wii U Virtual Console version of A Link to the Past. Apparently the game plays at 50Hz, which is a bit strange. It probably has something to do with the fact that this is the PAL version of A Link to the Past and because A Link to the Past came out in 1992.

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Wii U VC A Link to the PastNintendo recently released the popular title, A Link to the Past, for the Wii U Virtual Console in the European region, so the YouTube channel NiNTENDOMiNATi0N uploaded a video of the first 25 minutes of the game. Most of us will be familiar with A Link to the Past already, but it’s cool to see the Wii U menu for those of us who don’t have a Wii U yet. Plus the game is in German, which will certainly be different for most of us. Hit the jump to watch the video!

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A Link to the Past Wii U VC trailer

JonathanDecember 12th, 2013 by Jonathan

lttp A Link to the Past is coming to the Wii U eShop and we have the trailer for it right here. Hit the jump to see!

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painting linkFor a long time people have been emulating and hacking their favorite games. And I would not be surprised if some time in the near future someone, somewhere created a hacked version of A Link to the Past and made it so you could become a painting such as that of A Link Between Worlds. This would be quite the undertaking but would be intersting to see new game elements in an older game, but since A Link Between Worlds and A Link to the Past are sequels, it would make sense. But for now all we can do is wait and enjoy gifs people have made of the idea. Hit the jump to see the gif.

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The_Legend_of_Zelda_-_A_Link_to_the_Past_logo Ever since the Wii U Virtual Console was opened and retro games started becoming available for download, Zelda fans have been waiting for and speculating about the rerelease of A Link to the Past on Wii U Virtual Console. The wait is over! Well, for Europe at least.

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Christmas Editorial #1 – Top 5 Snow Areas in Zelda

SkyruleArcherDecember 4th, 2013 by SkyruleArcher

Snowpeak_Ruins Christmas time has officially started! For me at least. To me, Christmas time starts as soon as Thanksgiving is over. So to kick off Christmas time at Zelda Dungeon, I’m gonna tell you my top five snow areas in Zelda!

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Theory: Ocarina of Time is A Link to the Past

MaanavLinkDecember 3rd, 2013 by MaanavLink

zelda1Ocarina of Time shares many similarities with A Link to the Past. I am here to show you that they are in fact the same story, after all, they are just legends. Many have claimed that Nintendo had tried to replicate A Link to the Past when creating Ocarina of Time, but yet still in the December of 2011, Nintendo created an official timeline, clearly showing that A Link to the Past is a sequel to Ocarina of Time. But could the timeline be false? Could the games be the same story just told differently, similar to how legends change as they are passed down? Lets dig deeper into the games and see how Ocarina of Time is just a 3D remake of A Link to the Past! Read more…

17. The Legend of Zelda - A Link Between WorldsBefore the release of A Link Between Worlds, everybody was speculating where it took place on the official timeline. We knew from the fact that it was a sequel to A Link to the Past that it was set after it on the Downfall Timeline, and when we were told that it was a new generation of Link and Zelda and that the game was set centuries after A Link to the Past we all assumed that it must therefore be set after Link’s Awakening but before The Legend of Zelda. But according to some fans, A Link Between Worlds messes a few things up with this assumed placement. Now, Nintendo of America has released a Tweet that confirms A Link Between Worlds‘ timeline placement. Hit the jump to find out!

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GanonEven though A Link to the Past was released in the early 1990s and was the third Zelda game released, it has a huge fan base and a lot of people still claim it to be the greatest Zelda game ever released. I’ve only played the game once on the Game Boy Advanced and that was several years ago. I was playing it while visiting a friend and needed to complete it before I left as it was his game so had to rush through it a bit but I just about managed it and, although I certainly wouldn’t say ‘best Zelda game we ever’, it was really good and was in my top 5 Zelda games until I played The Minish Cap. However, after spending hours struggling through it, it turns out there is a way to complete the game within 3 minutes!

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Is Staying Spoiler Free Worth it?

AdenNovember 21st, 2013 by Aden

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In an age where information spreads like wildfire on the internet, it’s easier than ever to keep up to date on the latest news related to unreleased games; for example, all the information on A Link Between Worlds! But is there a point where you can know too much about a game before it’s released? When does it start to actually affect your experience when you actually get to play it? Click the jump to find out!

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A Link Between Worlds Instagram ad #2

SkyruleArcherNovember 17th, 2013 by SkyruleArcher

ALBW Irene fast travel Earlier this month, Nintendo announced that they would be releasing 15 second ads for A Link Between Worlds on Instagram. They released the first one earlier this week, and they have just recently posted the second one.

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First Look at One of the Sages

DjinnNovember 16th, 2013 by Djinn

787979Quite a few videos showing off some of the gameplay from A Link Between Worlds have been appearing online over the last few weeks. The latest one brought to you by NiNTENDOMiNATiON shows a meeting between Link and one of the sages he has rescued from a boss. A few fans might recognize some of the visuals and sounds if they look closely. It appears to be the little witch commonly seen in early titles in the sage room from Ocarina of Time commenting on Link’s punctuality in rescuing her.

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Theory: Lorule is Demise’s Realm

CameronNovember 15th, 2013 by Cameron

Demise's RealmSince it was confirmed that the Dark World would be appearing in A Link Between Worlds, I was always suspicious as to whether it would be the same Dark World as A Link to the Past. I had heard others talking about how it couldn’t be the same world, as the Dark World from A Link to the Past was reverted back to the Sacred Realm at the end of the game. It has since been confirmed that Lorule is not the same Dark World from A Link to the Past, and as a result, people have been speculating that Lorule could instead be the Dowfall Timeline’s version of Termina or the Twilight Realm, with the former theory having been recently acknowledged in an editorial by SkyruleArcher.

I found these theories intriguing, but at the same time, I couldn’t understand why Lorule couldn’t just be a completely new land. But over time, I became curious as to how this new land could become almost a perfect alternate Hyrule, why they had a ‘Dark Triforce’, and how a villain from their world (Yuga) could know about and want to resurrect a villain from our world (Ganon). And now I have my own theory. You can tell what it is from the title of this editorial, but keep reading to find out my reasoning.

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16113132Nintendo has recently updated their Official Japanese A Link Between Worlds site and with the new update come all new peeks at the contents of the game. Within the latest update we get two new videos covering some new unrevealed content. The first video displays the gameplay in various locations and shows a few portals between Hyrule and Lorule. The second video shows the introductory story for the game however it is in Japanese. Also included in the update is a side-by-side map of both Hyrule and Lorule together.

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Gamexplain footage albtw

The good folks at GameXplain have uploaded a series of new A Link Between Worlds videos, including a guide to using the game’s new Tornado Rod item. Also included in the mix is some new new dungeon and overworld footage.

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The Frequency of Zelda Releases

KaineNovember 8th, 2013 by Kaine

ALBW release dateEver since The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past were ported over to the Game Boy Advance, with the original Zelda game making an appearance on Nintendo’s e-Reader, I have been intrigued and excited at the prospects of playing all of the Legend of Zelda games on nearly every console, be it portable or home-based.

We then received Ocarina of Time along with a Master Quest version as a pre-order bonus incentive for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. It looked as if Nintendo was going to keep adding content to it’s back catalogue of Zelda games: The Legend of Zelda got updated translations; Zelda II got a “minorly-major” upgrade (which has since been removed for the 3DS) with the experience points remaining where they were when or if Link died on his quest (also, they removed the Water Dungeon shortcut); and A Link to the Past added the Four Sword Dungeon and enabled Link to do a whirlwind slash.

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54658Direct from GameXplain we now have another new video showing off some of the gameplay from A Link Between Worlds. This time the familiar turtle rock dungeon that many might remember from A Link to the Past. The quality might be a bit lower than normal since this is taken straight from the player’s hands but we do get an excellent look at some of the traps within the dungeon and see that it still maintains the same fire/ice theme it originally had from the first appearance.

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Musical legacy of the Legend of Zelda

DjinnOctober 6th, 2013 by Djinn

IGN-LogoAfter twenty five years the Zelda series have many memorable moments and elements that fans admire. Well the folks over at IGN have recently posted an interesting new video talking about the music of the series. The video covers the evolution of the catchy tunes of the original Legend of Zelda and how it eventually evolved into a major aspect of the series that later inspired a concert series across America.

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Screen Shot 2013-09-17 at 2.59.20 PMZooey Deschanel’s well known for her quirkiness and talent, and lately she’s been pretty busy. Her show New Girl premiered its third season last night, and she recently made an appearance on Conan O’Brien, during which she revealed that she used to be obsessed with A Link to the Past. Hit the jump to see a couple minutes of her appearance with Conan!

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swamp_of_evilPop-Fiction is a series of videos from GameTrailers which explore some of gaming’s biggest myths. They have already investigated several aspects of the Zelda series, such as the mysterious Chris Houlihan room from A Link to the Past, and the supposed removal of the original version of the Fire Temple music from early editions of Ocarina of Time. Pop-Fiction have returned to Hyrule once again to explore another mystery, this time a slightly lesser-known one concerning an enigmatic hidden “ghost” enemy in the Swamp of Evil from A Link to the Past. Hit the jump to see the video!

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