IGN has created a new series called “History of Awesome”, in which they review the most significant and influential media of that year. For 1992, they focus on various games, including Mortal Kombat, Batman, Wolfenstein 3-D, and at the 33:00 mark, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Watching this discussion, I am taken way back to my very first memories of Nintendo. I remember putting in my brother’s racing game into the Super Nintendo and crashing into just about every thing–I was only four years old after all!

Jared Petty compares A Link to the Past with Lode Runner, and states that Zelda was a significant improvement to the Arcade concept of blocks and leveling up. I agree entirely with this; Zelda was an extraordinary leap forward in technology and virtual games. In addition, IGN mentions that The Link to the Past inspired the entire gaming genre. This might be an overstatement, but it does seem true. If you look for it, you can find aspects of in almost every game today–all the way from the idea of puzzle rooms and dungeons, to open-world concepts.

What was your first Nintendo memory? Was A Link to the Past just as significant for you? Let us know in the comments below!

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