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The Legend of Zelda: Past to Present!

The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda, the game that started it all! The Legend of Zelda introduced Link, Zelda, Hyrule, the Lost Woods, the Triforce, the Silver Arrow, Ganon and most importantly, it introduced a revolutionary gameplay engine for its time. Released in 1987 (1986 in Japan), it shaped what today is known as the Action RPG genre.
The storyline may not be anything compared to today's elegant Final Fantasy's, Lunar's and Grandia's, but that's not what Zelda was about. Zelda was about the gameplay, the mind boggling puzzles and dungeons. The first Zelda game is still the only Zelda game to feature a hidden "second quest". Many are speculating a second quest in The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time, but it's still very unlikely.


The story tells of a time when Ganon came across the Triforce of Power. Princess Zelda divided the Triforce of Wisdom into eight pieces, hiding each of them throughout the land. She sent her nurse, Impa to find a hero to defeat Ganon. She found Link, then explained how Princess Zelda had been captured by Ganon's evil minions. Link set off to find the eight pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom, defeat Ganon, and rescue the princess of Hyrule. Finally, Ganon was destroyed with the power of the Silver Arrow.


Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Several years later, Link wandered into the North Palace to find Princess Zelda fast asleep in a spell of enchantment. Zelda had refused to give the secret powers of the Triforce to an evil wizard, and so the wizard placed the deep sleep spell on the princess.
Only by finding six crystals could Link unlock the Great Palace where he would find the Thunderbird. After defeating Thunderbird, Link found he had not completed his quest quite yet. He had one more enemy to defeat. His own shadow!

The Adventure of Link brought a new twist to the series. The game strayed from its original puzzle solving feel to more of a side-scroller. The game also sports an older Link. It was released in America in 1988.


The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

In 1992, one of the greatest games of all time was released. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Sometimes referred to as Zelda 3, A Link to the Past took gamers back to the original puzzle solving overhead style of gaming. Many gaming charts will show this SNES Zelda as one of the top rated, if not the top rated Super Nintendo game ever. Before reviewing The Ocarina of Time, Japan's leading gaming magazine, Famitsu, had given its highest score of all time, a nine and three 10's, to A Link to the Past.

The game's storyline takes place in a time way in the anals of history in Hyrule, well before the first two Zelda games.
It tells the tale of the Golden Land, the Triforce, and a quest between two worlds; one of light, and one of darkness. One night, asleep in his home, he hears the voice of Zelda in his dreams, and wakes up to find his uncle gearing up for battle. He tells Link to stay home, but do young hero's ever heed the warnings and stay home while their uncles are out fighting the forces of evil? Link escapes with Princess Zelda out of the castle, learning that Agahnim had the soldiers of Hyrule under his spell. Zelda tells him of
the Master Sword, and how it is needed to defeat the evil wizard, Ganon. Link sets out to find the three pendants, one of courage, power, and wisdom, to unlock the Master Sword. Once Link obtained the sword, he defeated the evil wizard. The wizard was sent to the Dark World, but he dragged Link and Zelda with him. Link learned he needed to unlock the seven maiden's from their crystals before entering Ganon's huge fortress atop the Dark World's deadly version of Death Mountain. Link found the crystals by traveling through both light and dark worlds to unlock the crystals and fight Agahnim for the last time in the top level of the evil fortress. Ganon then fled to the Great Pyramid in the center of the Dark World. Link finally defeated him using the legendary silver arrow, restoring the Dark World back into what was once known as the Golden Land. Peace was restored...


The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Soon after Link had defeated Ganon, he was restless for more adventure. He decided to take to the seas and explore the unknown. On his way back to Hyrule, a devastating storm destroyed the boat he was on. When he woke up, he was on an island known as Koholint. Link met a strange owl, who explained to him that he needed to awaken the Wind Fish that slept in a giant egg atop the island's largest mountain. To awaken the Wind Fish, Link had to find eight musical instruments across the island. Along the way he traveled across the land and met people such as Marin (who looked a lot like Zelda) and Tarin. Once he played the "Ballad of the Wind Fish" he woke the Wind Fish. Then he woke up on a piece of the destroyed boat, drifting towards the Hyrulian beaches.

Link's Awakening, was the Game Boy's answer to the Zelda series. Released a year after A Link to the Past, in 1993, Link's Awakening was the last true Zelda game to have been released. It's been 5 years, and now, Nintendo is set to release its newest game in the Zelda series...


The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time

The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time, also known as Zelda 64, the first 3D Zelda title, for the N64! A nice little tidbit, Zelda V, yet another name for the game, has an import release date in Japan that's exactly seven years since the Japanese release date of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. A Link to the Past was released on November 21st, 1991, and Ocarina of Time's import release date is November 21st, 1998. A lot of rumors have been spread around the Internet stating that Ocarina of Time is only about 10 hours long. That's a very false rumor. EGM's latest issue reports it to probably be over 50 hours in length! I won't write any more about the game now, since I'll save it for the walkthrough coming next week, but you can view our Zelda 64 Image Gallery by clicking here!

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