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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the past

Legend of Zelda - A Link To The Past BoxThe Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is the third installment in The Legend of Zelda series and is the successor to Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. The development of a new Zelda game began in 1988 with a few resources by experimenting with ideas and determining what would and would not work. The game was originally planned for the Nintendo Entertainment System, but the project would later be moved to Nintendo’s next generation console, the Super Famicom / Super Nintendo.

A small team worked on the title for over a year working out what system the game was going to use based on testing the limits of the Super Famicom / Super Nintendo’s hardware, then incorporated enemies and scenarios. After the game was taking shape, Nintendo assigned a large group of resources to the team. Due to the success of previous titles in the series, Nintendo was willing to invest a large budget and development time in the production of the game. This allowed the development team to create an expansive world by breaking the trend of using the standard 4 Mbit (512 KB) cartridge and used a non standard 8 Mbit (1MB) cartridge.

The game was developed by EAD, directed by Takashi Tezuka, produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and music composed by Koji Kondo. The game’s script was handled by series newcomer Kensuke Tanabe with Yoshiaki Koizumi developing the background story explained in the instruction manual. The game features Link as he journeys to save Hyrule, defeat the dark lord Ganon, and rescue the descendants of the Seven Sages.

The game became a commercial success selling over 4.61 million units over its life-cycle. The game introduced the Master Sword which has since been a key element in many future games. A Link to the Past implemented outstanding gameplay mechanics and amazing stage designs making the title one of the best 2D Zelda games of all time.

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Developer(s)Nintendo EAD
SeriesThe Legend of Zelda
PredecessorZelda II: The Adventure of Link
SuccessorThe Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Platform(s)Super Famicom
Super Nintendo
Media TypeCartridge
ReleaseJP: November 21, 1991
NA: April 13, 1992
EU: September 24, 1992
Development Time3 Years
RatingCERO: A
Rereleased Platform(s)Ports
Game Boy Advance – 2002

Virtual Console
Wii -2007
Wii U -2013
Nintendo 3DS -2016
Nintendo Switch (Online Service) – 2019

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Hiroshi YamauchiHiroshi YamauchiExecutive Producer
Shigeru MiyamotoShigeru MiyamotoProducer
Takashi TezukaTakashi TezukaDirector
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Yoichi YamadaYoichi YamadaAssistant Director
Soichiro TomitaSoichiro TomitaObject Designer
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