The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is the third installment in The Legend of Zelda series, originally released in 1992 on the SNES. In 2002, it was ported onto the Game Boy Advance, and on January 22, 2007, it was re-released on the Wii Shop Channel's Virtual Console for 800 points. It has sold 4.61 million copies worldwide. This was a revolutionary The Legend of Zelda game as it brought Link from 8-bit form to 16-bit form. It was also the first Zelda game to include the Master Sword, the typical three then some more dungeon layout, famous locations like Kakariko Village and Lake Hylia, a plot twist in the middle of the game, and variation of musical selections. This game can be said to have kick-started the series.
Learning from their experiences from the previous two games in the series and perfecting the "Zelda formula," Nintendo delved into the development of the upcoming title for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Released in Japan at the end of 1991 and for international release near the end of the next summer, A Link to the Past quickly climbed the ladder of the highest rated games.
Returning to the overhead perspective that was established in the first game, A Link to the Past featured tons of new enemies, items, characters, and a more in depth plot than the previous installments. This game introduced a dual world mechanic in which Link could travel between the Light World (normal) and the Dark World (a twisted parallel dimension), able to go between the two worlds in order to unlock secrets and progress to new areas. Simply put, the game was massive, containing over twelve dungeons and two versions of each area of the Overworld due to the duel-world feature, promoting hours of adventure and more in-depth puzzles to solve.
The game was also the first in the franchise to have a real, tangible art style. The previous installments on the NES, due to resolution and color limitations were unable to attain this.
Nintendo had narrowed down what had made the first game in the series such a success and expanded upon it, creating an innovative, immersive experience that holds its place as one of the best games for the SNES and even more so, one of the highest rated games of all time.
Nearly ten years later, the game was released again for the Game Boy Advance, containing another stand-alone game on the cartridge called Four Swords. On this cartridge, A Link to the Past was updated with a couple changes including sound effects for Link's actions, updated dungeons, and characters. A Link to the Past also became available for purchase on the Wii Virtual Console at a later date.
- Main article: A Link to the Past Story
- Main article: A Link to the Past Races
- Main article: A Link to the Past Locations
- Main article: A Link to the Past Glitches
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Ataru Cagiva) Manga was originally serialized in Monthly GFantasy, and it was later collected into three volumes by Enix Corporation. It was published in Japan on June 27, 1995 to May 27, 1996.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Akira Himekawa) Manga was released in Japan on July 28, 2005 following the release of the Game Boy Advance port of the game. An English adaptation of this manga was released by Viz Media on February 2, 2010 as Volume 9 of their Zelda comic series.
- Main article: Gallery:A Link to the Past
- See also: Gallery:A Link to the Past Bosses, Gallery:A Link to the Past Characters, Gallery:A Link to the Past Enemies, and Gallery:A Link to the Past Items
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