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

Zeruda no densetsu: Kamigami no toraifôsu (original title)
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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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Fujiko Takimoto ...
Link (GBA remake only) (voice) (uncredited)


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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Travel through the Light and Dark Worlds in this classic Zelda adventure (Virtual Console) See more »


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1 April 1992 (USA)  »

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According to the official Legend of Zelda timeline that was released in 2011 by the producers, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991) (A Link to the Past) follows many years after The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) (Ocarina of Time). According to the chronology, the timeline is split during Ocarina of Time: if the Hero of Time (Link) is victorious, it leads to Ganon being defeated and sealed by the seven sages that Link found in that game; however, if Ganon defeats Link, it leads to the King commanding seven wise men to seal the entrance to the Sacred Realm, trapping Ganon inside, until he escapes many years later in Link to the Past. This is then followed by The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (2001) (Oracle of Seasons), The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (2001) (Oracle of Ages), The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (1993) (Link's Awakening), The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (2013) (A Link Between Worlds), The Legend of Zelda (1986) (The Legend of Zelda) and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1987) (The Adventure of Link). See more »


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 »


Ganon: I never imagined a boy like you could give me so much trouble. It's unbelievable that you defeated my alter ego, Agahnim the Dark Wizard, twice! But I will never give you the Triforce. I will destroy you and make my wish to conquer both Light and Dark Worlds come true without delay.
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The ending is broken into three parts. Link defeats Ganon and touches the Triforce after it speaks to him, restoring the Sacred Realm. We see various people across Hyrule Link met on his journey, and lastly see the closing credits played over footage of the newly-restored Sacred Realm. The credits end by stating how many lives it took you to complete certain dungeons, and close out with a "total games played" message, staying how many lives you took total to beat the game on your file. See more »


Followed by The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (1993) See more »

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15 March 2002 | by (Toronto, Ont. Canada) – See all my reviews

Excellent gameplay, sound, music, solid story and involvement make LINK TO THE PAST one of the standards to which video games should be based upon. The dialogue is not idiotic unlike some other games, and is easy enough to understand so you won't get lost from what the characters say, but by your own incapability. This is as good as it gets.

Link wakes up from hearing voices, to see his uncle leaving to storm the castle. His curiosity to find him leads him to a whole adventure in learning of his world, himself and saving it all from forces beyond.

Character growth, involvement are second to none. The graphics, though dated, are enough to not complain. The controls are flawless and the gameplay ... man, the gameplay ... will always keep you entertained. Can you find Chris Houlihan? Two thumbs up.

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