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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

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For a limited time, Nintendo Switch Online members can obtain icons based on The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Right now five designs are up for grabs, with each one based on a character. These include Link, Zelda, and more.

As many fans know, Link turns into a rabbit when he first enters the Dark Realm in Zelda: A Link to the Past. In an interview with Game Informer, director Takashi Tezuka explained how that came to be.

Tezuka said:

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Persona 5 may not be the only game Best Buy has leaked for Switch. Also spotted in the retailer’s employee system, Metroid Prime Trilogy has been listed.

Here’s a look:

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia finally arrived in the west this week. Previously, the book was only available in Japan.

Fans are picking up on some interesting tidbits from the book, including the fact that the first Zelda takes place entirely on Death Mountain from A Link to the Past. Here’s a comparison:

With the release of the SNES Classic around the corner, Nintendo decided to make up some artwork in the format of Nintendo Power magazine covers. These three pieces of artwork cover Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Star Fox 2.

Nintendo urged fans on Twitter to download and enjoy the covers, but those attending PAX West this week can obtain physical copies.

Images below.


In an excellent display of both Nintendo fandom and musical talent, a portion of the soundtrack from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past has been remade with analogue synthesizers and drum machines. The end result is a truly fantastic rendition of one of the most iconic soundtracks in all of gaming.

Not only does the author of the album intend to work on recreating other SNES soundtracks, such as Donkey Kong Country and Earthbound, but royalties made through sales from this album will be given to composer Koji Kondo and Nintendo.

Switched On SNES is a series of soundtracks played on analog synthesizers and drum machines. The goal of the project is to expose listeners to the musical masterpieces that have been overlooked – mostly because of the 16bit instrumentation.

Link to the Past is the first installment of soundtracks which will include: Secret of Mana, Earthbound, Donkey Kong Country, and others. Royalties from sales will go towards the composer Koji Kondo/Nintendo.

You can check out the album below, and purchase it here.

It’s not often that Nintendo talks about past Zelda games. Right now, all eyes are focused on Breath of the Wild. But in this month’s issue of RetroGamer, the magazine caught up with Zelda: A Link to the Past director Takashi Tezuka and script writer Kensuke Tanabe to look back on the classic game.

Most of the comments we have are from Tezuka, who talked about the game’s structure, scrapped idea, and more. Tanabe also chimed in with Tezuka at one point to talk about the advantages of working with the SNES at the time.

Head past the break for a rundown of Tezuka and Tanabe’s comments.

Way back in 1992, Japanese magazine Famicon Tsuushin published an interview all about The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past with Shigeru Miyamoto. Shmuplations has now gone to the trouble of translating it in full. There are notable topics here, such as how Nintendo approached the name, Miyamoto’s interest in making an open-ended Zelda (which he’s finally realizing with Breath of the Wild), and scrapped ideas due to hardware limitations.

We’ve posted a few of the excerpts below. For the full interview, head on over to Shmuplations.

In addition to Super Metroid, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past also launched on the European 3DS eShop today as a New 3DS Virtual Console game. You can view 10 minutes of off-screen footage in the video below.

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