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To put it simply, Zelda: A Link to the Past is one of the finest RPGs in existence. Everything is perfect - the bold lines and subtle pastel-tones of the graphics, the triumphant rendition of the Zelda theme, the excellent yet simple combat system, the brilliantly conceived logic puzzles. Nintendo left nothing to chance here and crafted one of the finest pieces of software to grace the SNES.
Plus qu’une référence, A Link to the Past a réussi à instaurer des éléments que l'on retrouvera systématiquement par la suite dans la série. Sa construction, qui associe trois donjons dans le monde de Lumière et sept autres dans le monde des Ténèbres, a largement été réutilisée. C’est notamment le cas d’Ocarina of Time qui, à l’issue de ses trois premiers donjons, emmène Link dans un monde totalement différent. Même chose pour Twilight Princess, où Link subit une métamorphose chaque fois qu’il bascule dans le monde du Crépuscule, tout comme il se changeait en lapin dans la mouture 16 bits. A Link to the Past a donc réussi le prodige de s’imposer comme l’épisode référence de la série, tout en sublimant les mécaniques de jeu instaurées par The Legend of Zelda. Un jeu mythique qui a donné à la licence la notoriété qu’elle a encore aujourd’hui.
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So is this 15 year old game worth your 800 Wii Points. The answer is of course a resounding yes. As far as the transition from SNES to the Wii goes, the game plays just fine on both the Gamecube and retro controller. There is a little bit of slowdown when there are lots of enemies on the screen at one time, but it’s hardly enough to bring down your experience. In the end, whether you’re like me and have never really had the opportunity to fully play through this timeless classic, or you’re looking for a trip down nostalgia lane, you really can’t go wrong with the 8 dollar price tag for one of the best games of the 16 bit era.
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It's a classic. We love it. You will too. Download it now. Seriously.
The Cube Controller is better left alone, reserved for those later Zelda games made specifically for it. Those later Zelda games that were really all just knock-offs of this title, A Link to the Past, the first and only true game ever developed in the series. It's been said that most of our world's storytellers really only have one story to tell. If they find success with it, if they find an audience, then they're finished. Any sequels, any follow-ups will all be unoriginal, as the storyteller can do little more than repeat what they've already said, retelling the tale already told, in new, slightly different ways. You should play The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – the series has had little new to say since.
Looking back at it now, it's almost groaning with cliché, but that's just because every RPG adventure since has stolen from it so blatantly. If you are one of those poor souls to have never tasted the sweetest SNES fruit then don't be fooled into thinking this is a generic dungeon grind. This is the game that defined the genre, and for just 800 points there's no excuse not to grab this piece of history.
If you enjoyed playing Twilight Princess but aren't familiar with many of the other games in the series, you should definitely go back and give A Link to the Past a shot. It won't take long for you to see why many regard this game as the best in the series.