The game takes place roughly 100 years after "Majora's Mask" and is described on the back of the box as being before the first two games, as these characters are the "predecessors of Link and Zelda." Long ago, seven wise men (sages) sealed Ganondorf/Ganon (the same person, except Ganon is his immortal, godly form) 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, brainwashed 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 ... Written by
Travel through the Light and Dark Worlds in this classic Zelda adventure (Virtual Console)
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1 April 1992 (USA)
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Also Known As:
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
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Did You Know?
First Zelda game in which an Ocarina appears (although it it still called the Flute. The name "Ocarina" didn't enter the Zelda franchise until Link's Awakening.) 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
But what a foolish thing to leave lying around... the golden power... the Triforce!
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