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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

SNES game. Play as Link in this awsome adventure game.

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"Link.....this is Sahasrahla......this game is great.....you must play it again....."

  • Sep 26, 2010
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When the Super Nintendo came out in the early 90's many games that were big on the NES were remade or had sequels that were bigger and better over they're 8 bit counterparts.  Gradius, Castlevania, Mario and others all had big hits on the old console and jumped into the 16 bit lifestyle with both feet to great success.  Link, the hero of THE NES search and adventure game got the 16 bit treatment and it is fantastic.

The story opens with Link being awoken in the middle of the night by a voice which beckons him to Hyrule Castle to rescue Princess Zelda.  Getting past the guards and rescuing Zelda he learns that Agahnim, the evil wizard is banishing other royal maidens to the Golden Land where a great power rests and that to stop Agahnim, Link will need the Master Sword which is locked away in the Lost Woods and the power to free it comes in the form of three pendants locked in Dungeons.  Link must gather items, new weapons and more to find the pendants and learn more about this power that Agahnim seeks.  Taking on Agahnim, he banishes Link to the Golden Land that evil has twisted into a Dark World full of monsters and evil.  Link must continue his quest there and free the imprisoned maidens and save all of both lands.

The gameplay is overhead view with you moving Link through the map.  Explore caves, woods, the local village and the dungeons where more monsters and more tresures and weapons await.  The game improves on the original Zelda game with it's action and weapons from bombs, arrows and boomerangs and new ones like the grappling hookshot, hammers and others.  Bottles can hold potions for healing and some weapons use magic power to work so watch you levels.  There are a total of 12 main dungeons to travel through from the two world maps.  The maps have similarities but there are many differences.  The quaint village in Hyrule is a shanty town in the Dark World.  The dry desert is a rain covered swamp, the atmosphere in the music tracks really effects doing up Death Mountian in the Dark World and it's unsettling.

The Graphics are great.  The lollipop trees are a bit lame and rocks look like they have "8's" on them but the drawings and use of palette is great.  The rotating triforce peices and overlay effects are fantastic too.  The music, and man does the music come into play.  Triumphant horn music as you travel Hyrule castle, the adventurous Hyrule overworld theme and the spooky dungeon themes, and thats just in Hyrule.  The Dark World's theme has a feeling of the hero on an uphill climb to escape from evil, the dungeons sound downright sinister as if you won't escape from them and your first visit to Death Mountain without a magic protecting you will make you hide under the bed as if your world will come to an end.  But it won't, your Link, and your going to save the day.

A Link To the Past got ported to handhelds and in the Zelda series it's great and some say it's the best.  I wish the SNES had another Link adventure but since this is the only one we got, they made it worthwhile and worth it's weight in Triforce gold.



 

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Quick Tip by . September 26, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
Awesome game that gave Link the 16 bit treatment much like Mario was given earlier. Classic.
Quick Tip by . September 26, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
The typical 16 bit treatment that Nintendo was giving it's old classics was NOT lost on Link and this game is a classic with more scary lands and dungeons to explore then before.
review by . July 31, 2010
posted in The Gaming Hub
This is the classic Zelda game, the one that enshrined the franchise in video game history. This game is still fun after almost 20 years - and it's now available on Wii. Great music, beautiful worlds, fun and challenging levels. Unique amongst video games at the time (or even today), it has a rich plot, including a dramatic opening level. The switch between the Light and Dark worlds works great. At some points the game gets ridiculously difficult, but usually it is pretty manageable. Just make …
Quick Tip by . September 09, 2010
After the first dungeon in the dark world, I usually head straight to dungeon 4 in order to unlock some useful items to help out in previous dungeons.
review by . July 31, 2010
This is the classic Zelda game, the one that enshrined the franchise in video game history. This game is still fun after almost 20 years - and it's now available on Wii. Great music, beautiful worlds, fun and challenging levels. Unique amongst video games at the time (or even today), it has a rich plot, including a dramatic opening level. The switch between the Light and Dark worlds works great. At some points the game gets ridiculously difficult, but usually it is pretty manageable. Just make sure …
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Player demand for the re-release of this Super NES smash hit couldn't be any higher. In all his glory Link ventures back to the land of Hyrule. The predecessors of Link and Zelda face monsters on the march when a menacing magician takes over the kingdom. Only you can prevent his evil plot from shattering the peaceful Hyrule. In your quest you'll venture into twisting mazes dungeons palaces and shadowy forests. Test your mettle with mighty swords and magical weapons. Or heft a boulder and hurl it at your enemies. If the going gets tough dive into a river-you can swim to escape! Learn powerful spells locate magical artifacts and solve the mysteries of the evil magician and the hidden realm of Hyrule.
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Number of Players: 1
Developer: Nintendo
Console: Super Nintendo
Genre: Action RPG
Release Date: April 13, 1992
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