Saturday, February 4, 2012

11. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)

As groundbreaking as the NES Zeldas were, they haven’t held up very well. Everything looks the same, and it just isn’t very fun to explore. The Super Nintendo, with its colorful new 16 bit graphics changed this. Coming out soon after the launch of the system, Link to the Past was an instant reason to pick up a SNES. Link to the Past features not one world to explore, but two, the light world and the dark world, both mirror images of themselves, so it’s interesting to see how each world affects the other. Detail is just stuffed into every square inch of this game, the dungeons are full of brain teasers, the bosses are ferocious, and the Hyrulian landscape is a 2d marvel. Besides that, Link to the Past has that classic Zelda adventure feel, and the story is retro as well with you having to defeat Ganon to save Hyrule. I will always prefer Ocarina of Time as my Zelda of choice, but you certainly can’t go wrong here.

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