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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)

Zeruda no densetsu: Kamigami no toraifôsu (original title)
The wizard Agahnim has abducted seven maidens, intent on using their power to open a portal to the Dark World. Armed with a trusty sword and shield, Link begins a great and treacherous journey.

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Kensuke Tanabe (script), Dan Owsen (script: English version) (as Daniel Owsen) | 6 more credits »
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Fujiko Takimoto Fujiko Takimoto ... Link (GBA remake only) (voice) (uncredited)

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Long ago, seven sages sealed Ganon in the Golden Realm, which he eventually turned into the 'Dark World.' A strange sorcerer appeared in the land of Hyrule and magically solved all of the land's problems. He was appointed the King's top advisor, however, he ultimately turned on Hyrule, brain-washed the guards, overthrew the king, and took over the land. He started to capture the current sages, descendant of the originals, and transport them to the Dark World. One night, Link hears the voice of Zelda, princess of Hyrule and the leader of the sages, calling him telepathically from inside a Hyrule Castle dungeon. His uncle goes to investigate, and against orders, Link follows. His uncle is harmed, and Link takes on the responsibly to rescue the princess from the dungeon. As the plot develops, is turns out that the sorcerer Agahnim is actually a servant of Ganon, and soon the Light and Dark worlds will merge, and Ganon will rule them both. When Zelda is captured again, Link must gain the ... Written by Flotis and Brian McInnis

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Return to the Land of Hyrule and to the Age of Magic and Heroes! See more »


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Trivia

Bosses like Moldorm and Lanmola originally appeared in slightly-differing forms in the original Legend of Zelda as regular enemies. See more »

Goofs

In some dungeons, if Link gets touched by a flake of magic that can turn him into a rabbit if he's wearing the blue or red armor, his armor will revert back to his green cloth until he transforms back into human. See more »

Quotes

Sahasrahla: Link, it is I, Sahasrahla. I am communicating to you across the void through telepathy... The place where you now stand was the Golden Land, but evil power turned it into the Dark World. The wizard has broken the wise man's seal and opened a gate to link the worlds at Hyrule Castle. In order to save this half of the world, the Light World, you must win back the Golden Power. You must also rescue the seven maidens who Agahnim sent to the Dark World. As members of the blood-line of the seven wise...
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If you leave the "start" screen alone, a cut scene plays revealing the backstory of the game. See more »

Alternate Versions

During the SNES era, Bandai re-leaesed the Satellaview-X, a Super Nintendo add-on that allowed players in Japan to connect to an Internet-like network and download games onto blank cartridges for an hour a day. Two of these games were Zelda remakes: The first was a 16-bit remake of the NES classic "The Legend of Zelda," while the second was a reworking of the SNES hit "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past" called "BS Zelda: Ancient Stone Panel." Several changes were made to the game, such as Link being replaced by the Satellaview's mascot, some kid in a red baseball cap (a similar change was made to the BS version of the NES Zelda). The dungeon and overworld maps were also dramatically altered, and at specific time intervals certain events would happen, such as power-ups appearing or all the enemies on screen dying (there was a timer on screen that kept track of how long you had played). The full version of this game was never released because Nintendo only released small portions at a time, and the Satellaview was scrapped before the entire game could be released. See more »

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A Link to the Past, Without a doubt......
24 November 2003 | by Book1245See all my reviews

This, without a doubt, is truly the GREATEST GAME EVER CREATED BY NINTENDO. I loved this game. It was the longest Zelda game created (Until OoT). The story was great. (For it's time) The graphics were great. The music added. A lot of the bosses were just as hard as the bosses from OoT. OoT borrowed a lot of the elements from Link to the Past. Like after the first 3 stones, you enter the dark world (Dark Future for Ocarina). And of course, Kakariko Village. And after the seven crystals/medallions, the power of the women/sages from the crystals/medallions, helped you get into Ganon's Tower. That brings me to another great thing. Ganon was much more of a challenge in Link to the Past than in Ocarina. Ocarina's Ganon was easier than Ganandorf. (Don't get me wrong, I love Ocarina). Link to the Past had Ganon go invisible, and being able to transport to different locations. The ending is also one of the greatest video game endings ever.

Overall, I give this game 10/10


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