The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past News
"Everyone who wanders into this land is changed to a shape that reflects his true nature"
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, we ran a series of features looking at a specific aspect — a theme, character, mechanic, location, memory or something else entirely — from each of the mainline Zelda games. Today, on the 30th...
Wolf Link is going grey
The Wii is 15 years old this week. That's not too bad, right? It feels like it came out around a decade and a half ago, right? For context, here are some other things that happened in 2006: The first Cars movie, the first Daniel Craig Bond movie, Casino Royale, and we met Dr Kawashima in the very first Brain Training game...
Yes, it's called A Link to the Brass
It's a big anniversary year with The Legend of Zelda turning 35, but it's also notable that 21st November brings us the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past arriving in Japan. It's one of the greatest games in the series, and indeed gaming history, and of course fans will be celebrating in...
Experience Link's classic adventures while you wait
Next week sees the release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD on the Switch. Although it's only an updated version of a 2011 Wii title, Nintendo has been promoting it non-stop since it was originally announced. It's now using the lead-up to the game's release to promote Link's classics...
Dungeons and Temples and Dragons and Ganons
The creativity of the Zelda fandom continues to blow us away. Today's offering is a rather detailed map, made in Inkarnate, a web-based cartography tool that people use to make worlds for their tabletop RPG campaigns, that's a miniature recreation of the Light World from A Link to the Past. The artist...
Reflecting on four turbulent years with my steadfast console companion
Not my actual suitcase - mine had way more shoes, and no pliers (why do they have pliers?) When the Nintendo Switch came out in early 2017, I was adrift. I had moved out of London, I had gone freelance a few months before, and I was what people at the time called a "digital...
Huh, we didn't realise Zelda was so popular
In celebration of Zelda's 35th anniversary, journalist Imran Khan spoke to 18 different game developers across the industry for Inverse, including members of Riot Games, Capy, and Phil Spencer himself, the head of Microsoft's Gaming division and the face of Xbox. Although Spencer's quote was a little dry,...
Here are our picks, but what are yours?
It's been another crazy week in Nintendo Land, with the announcement of a brand new Zelda game on Switch and more rumours of Nintendo diving into the world of 4K, but enough about that – let's talk about our weekend gaming plans. Members of Nintendo Life have done just that below, and we'
A link to the future
While Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is the game which is credited as fusing the non-linear approach of Super Metroid and the gothic stylings of Konami's famous vampire-hunting series, Koji Igarashi has been quite firm on the fact that it was in fact
For SNES games and much more
Following on from those "massive" Nintendo leaks earlier this year, it has now reportedly happened again. Alleged prototype versions of classic Super Nintendo titles such as Yoshi's Island, Super Mario Kart, and
...and now we want to play it
Zelda: Breath of the Wild redefined what we expect from a Zelda game, pushing the series forward in exciting new directions but also shedding some of the baggage the franchise has been saddled with since the '80s. Still, that doesn't mean we don't have a soft spot for Zelda's past glories, and it goes without saying...
Here are our picks, but what are yours?
As regular visitors will know, every weekend, we share our gaming plans for the next couple of days and read through all of your entries in the comments. This time, though, we're switching things up a bit, getting together to chat about our plans over the holidays instead. That's right, Christmas is (nearly)...
"I had over 80 games on that system"
The former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé has always said he was a fan of the company and while we've heard many stories in the past about the time he spent with Mario and the other Nintendo mascots in his younger years, we don't ever recall him mentioning the sheer amount of games he actually...
Did you know about these?
Zelda games often contain hidden secrets and little treats for players to discover, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past is no different. One such secret found within the SNES classic is Link's ability to 'pull' on an object to receive rupees, the in-game currency. You may well be aware of this already, as one such...
And go in the draw to win a SNES Mini
Fancy some new Super Nintendo games for the Switch Online service? How about some themed posters instead? If you happen to be located in Europe, you can now redeem and order an exclusive set of posters from the My Nintendo Store. This poster set is priced at 300 Platinum Points and features three iconic SNES...
Spotted at BrickCon 2019
Setting off on a new adventure in The Legend of Zelda series is always pretty special, so much so that the maps and locations contained within each game are practically etched into our minds at this point (apart from Breath of the Wild, because that thing's huge). If you've played and loved Zelda: A Link to the Past, you're...
Here are our picks, but what are yours?
Well, that's another week down, and this one was full of Metacritic review bombing drama, SNES games galore, and only a bloomin' Nintendo Direct. Phwoar. So, it's absolutely time for us to sit b
Watch out, Link's Awakening
Grezzo has been busy releasing remasters of certain Zelda games for a number of years now and most recently helped out with the remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on Switch. Ever since we saw the charming diorama-like graphics in this upcoming release, it's made us wonder what other retro Zelda games would...
A link to the past
A forgotten interview dating back to 1992 has been spotted on archive.org. It's from issue 25 of the publication Electric Brain and features the one and only Shigeru Miyamoto talking about the development of The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past along with the first two Zelda entries on NES. Throughout the interview, Miyamoto...
Just a cover-up?
Yesterday brought with it a very juicy and - importantly - believable rumour courtesy of US retailer Best Buy. If you missed it, an internal employee terminal suggested that Persona 5, Metroid Prime Trilogy and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past are all
Best Buy Direct
A leak via Best Buy's internal employee terminal suggests Persona 5, Metroid Prime Trilogy and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past will all be released on the Nintendo Switch at some point in the near future. This follows the apparent leak of Joker's render in
How long until Nintendo’s lawyers step in?
A fansite called ZeldaForce is currently hard at work on a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, swapping its visual style to suit that of Zelda: A Link to the Past on the SNES. The project is called 'A Link to the Dream' and is planned to be released on platforms like AmigaOS, Windows, and...
Here are our picks, but what are yours?
As regular readers will know, each Saturday we all get together to discuss our weekend gaming plans and see what our fellow community members are up to. This week is a little different, however, with many of us taking a little time away to celebrate the holidays and enjoy time with friends or family, or even...
Some classic titles on offer!
The latest batch of My Nintendo game discounts for Europe has now gone live, giving players the chance to grab some great 3DS and Wii U games at discounted prices. We've got classic games from Nintendo's heavy-hitters this week, with a (mostly) retro theme running throughout proceedings, and even Star Fox and F-Zero...
Link would be a silent protagonist
It was only last week we heard the director of the Metal Gear movie, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, talk about his crazy ideas for a potential Metroid film. Now, during an interview with IGN on its Comic-Con live show, he's revealed how he would approach a movie about
A Link Between Worlds included
Nintendo has revealed the latest addition to its ever-growing catalogue of cosmetic options for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. This time around sees a Legend of Zelda-inspired New Nintendo 2DS XL, and it's certainly rather eye-catching. Designed to look like Link's famous Hylian Shield, the system is launching...
Retro is the new open world
Amidst all the hype surrounding The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild it's important to take stock and remember the good old days before everything was measured in teraflops and gigaslaps. That's just what our man Dan Thompson has been up to and has decided to make the bold move of muscling in on my turf in the form of...
A classic in every way
It's been over twenty years now since the release of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, but it's interesting to look back at the state of the Zelda series around the time of its release. In many ways, A Link to the Past was the first true sequel to the original Legend of Zelda, after Zelda II: The Adventure of Link went...
Bravely Second! New 3DS VC! Lost Reavers beta! Runbow DLC! Much more!
It's the time once again for the North American Nintendo Download Update, and this week serves up a lot of enticing goodies. The Wii U offering includes a range of promising download games, a beta, DS classic and DLC for one of 2015's premium eShop exclusives; on New 3DS we have...
New 3DS VC classics! Stella Glow! Star Ghost! Blast 'em Bunnies! More!
Another week begins, and on this occasion delivers a corker of a Nintendo Download Update for Europe. There are a total of five high quality Virtual Console releases across the Wii U and New 3DS, along with a retail arrival on 3DS and a variety of promising download-only releases...
Another one bites the dust
We've posted a fair share of fan-made projects taking our favourite video games and characters and giving them a HD graphical overhaul, from the Ocarina of Time's Master Sword cutscene to Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle frolicking in an open field. These have come from a range of creators, and while sometimes their...
Linking to the past
The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo's most important franchises and celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. It's going to get a lot of focus, then, including plenty of fan-created content to celebrate its history and idiosyncrasies. It's taken a little while, but Did You Know Gaming has continued its series that looks at a...
The Japanese version, anyway
Speedruns of retro games can be pretty entertaining, especially as we see the end result of many hours of experimentation and work. Quite how some of these workarounds are discovered is beyond us. In recent months we've shared a few videos from the A+Start channel, as it demonstrates and explains classic speedrun tricks...
Aiming to complete the series
Fans of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past may remember episode one of Zeldamotion's Link to the Past Animated Series; the fan effort boasted impressive visuals as it began a re-telling of the game's memorable adventure. It's been around 10 months since that episode launched, but the Patreon pa
Since the original Legend of Zelda was released on the NES in 1986, fairies have been an integral part of the series. In each iteration, these fairies have always shared common traits; with the ability to rejuvenate, enhance and often provide vital words of wisdom to the hero, Link. YouTuber – MasterOfHyrule – has payed tribute...
Turn-by-turn Navi-gation not included
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past features one of the most vibrant game worlds ever created for any video game, and now you can gaze longingly at it using your humble HTML5 web browser. The peeps at Jadsdsengine have created a living, breathing replication of the game's overworld which can be viewed via...
It'd make a nice opening for that supposed Zelda Netflix series
Fan creativity can often have rather off the wall results. Typically when fan work is viewed, one might ask "Why?", but in reality, the question one should be asking is "Why not?" That was likely the question going through these fans' minds as they developed this short video, it exists...
Everybody has to start somewhere
It's always interesting when a game developer reminisces and talks a bit about his or her roots. This industry moves so fast that it can sometimes be easy to lose sight of the fact that it's powered by the hard work of real people. Though breaking into game development may seem like a daunting and intimidating...
A Nintendo Power treasure returns
The graphic novel re-telling of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past that originally graced the issues of Nintendo Power in 1992 will flip the hourglass and return in full-colour form this year via VIZ Media. Outside of Nintendo's magazine, the graphic novel was last compiled for sale in 1993. Nostalgic...
Link to it, fast
After a long period of silence, Aeipathy Industries has released the first episode of its adaptation of Akira Himekawa's Legend of Zelda manga series. Produced under the Zeldamotion banner, the fan-made series is being funded via direct donations and its own Patreon campaign. It showcases the vocal talents of Todd Haberkorn and Vic...
Featured characters like Link! Mega Man! Captain Falcon! Pit! More!
Last week Nintendo of America caused a fair amount of buzz when it launched the first week of its Super Smashing eShop sale, which is a series of promotions over a four week period to celebrate the fighters in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. The initial batch has...
It’s dangerous to go alone. Take the mandolin, too
Time-travelling and dimension-hopping hero to video game characters, Ollie Longz, has apparently returned from his little jaunt to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past’s Dark World with a most interesting artifact. What was originally thought to be an innocuous piece of parchment stuck to the...
Hookshot your vote in
The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo's most beloved franchises, and has arguably been responsible for some of the best video games ever created. Since the launch of the original game back in 1986, we've seen the series move from 2D to 3D with assured competence, and this year we'll see a crossover release — in the shape of...
Link to the Cash
While the majority of us play games simply for entertainment or perhaps because it's our biggest hobby, some groups use that passion to set world records, enter competitions or, in the case of Zeldathon, try and raise a lot of cash for charity. The Zeldathon Adventure kicks off on 10th July and will be the 12th fundraiser from the...
Link finally revisits his 16-bit past, discounts, new 3DS titles and more
It's Nintendo Download time, North America, and this week includes a variety of offerings to — hopefully — cater to most tastes. There's a much anticipated Super NES classic on the Wii U Virtual Console, a variety of discounts on both eShop stores and some new titles for...
Plenty to enjoy for 3DS and Wii U owners
The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo's most powerful and iconic brands, a franchise capable of exciting a legion of fans with little more than a subtle hint of a teaser. In pure sales numbers it doesn't always match up to the mighty Mario, but its impact has arguably been as great as the plumber's in terms...
Classic SNES Zelda, 3D Sega, RUSH, Level-5 discounts and much more
The European Nintendo Download update makes its usual Monday appearance and, this week, has plenty to offer. Another Super NES classic finally hits the Wii U eShop, we have new Wii U eShop software and 3D re-releases gracing the 3DS, along with a lot of very tempting discounts. This...
A Link Between Worlds theme hides a secret
As you all know, The Ballad of the Goddess from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is in fact just Zelda's Lullaby played backwards. If you're just discovering this for the first time, We'll give you a minute to let you come to terms with it. ... Done? OK, then catch your breath and prepare to be dazzled...
One of the best games ever in less time than it takes to eat a burger
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is unquestionably one of the best Zelda instalments, and quite possibly one of the greatest video games ever made. The games offers hours of top-notch entertainment, but YouTube user vgcuts has managed to cram all of that awesomeness into...
Fresh North American dates confirmed
Nintendo has confirmed more North American dates for its successful The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Tour. To mark the occasion, the Nintendo World store in New York is hosting a series of special events on Friday 14th September, including the chance to pose with Zelda cosplayer Li "PikminLink"...