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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

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Genre: Adventure, Role-playing (RPG)

Platforms: Super Famicom, Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console (Nintendo)

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Link, a blacksmith's nephew living in Hyrule, must free the land from the evildoings of Ganon. Link must take up the mythical Master Sword and collect the three Triforces in order to free the Seven Maidens, including the princess of Hyrule, Zelda, from the dungeons and castles of the Dark World to stop Ganon.

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Link about to rescue Princess Zelda from a dungeon beneath Hyrule castle
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Link escorting Zelda to the secret passage in the throne room
Aghanim the wizard


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Good 90%

The minute you start the game you are sucked into a wonderful adventure. You get to explore a huge (for its time) land of Hyrule, you get to fight with some very creative bosses, you get to meet some fun characters. It just feels like a real adventure. Solving a dungeon, especially the last ones, feels satisfying. My favorite part of Zelda games is looking for heart container pieces. Finding them feels very satisfying too. I unfortunately haven't... Read More


The plot of A Link to the Past focuses on Link as he travels on a journey to save Hyrule, defeat Ganon and rescue the seven descendants of the Sages. A Link to the Past uses a 3/4 top-down perspective similar to that of the original The Legend of Zelda, dropping the side scrolling elements of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. A Link to the Past introduced elements to the series that are still commonplace today, such as the concept of an alternate or parallel world, the Master Sword and other new weapons and items.