Wonderpod Online’s Top 50 Games: #8 is A Link to the Past

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G: I’m not sure if I would personally rank this title as high as it is in our collaborative list. With that being said, I would be a liar to say I didn’t enjoy my times playing this classic title. It was one of the first SNES titles my brother and I got our grubby hands on, and it was one of those moments that really showed the elevation of the technology of the console from it’s predecessor. I think what really sold me on this installment of Zelda, was the morphing surroundings. Whether a result of weather, player actions, or using the magic mirror to shift between alternate realities of the light and dark world. This had been done in some capacity in previous games, but I don’t feel it had been done as well as A Link to the Past.

Nintendo Legend: On the NES, Legend of Zelda was a solid game, well-liked by many, and its sequel was even beloved by some (but found confounding or outright bad by many). However, it would be fair to say that most gamers, even Nintendo-exclusive console fans, preferred the Mario games. It was a minority “weirdo” who liked Legend of Zelda more than Mario 3. But, then, with the advent of A Link to the Past on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, a very interesting phenomenon occurred. A growing group of Nintendo gamers realized… there might be more to Link’s games then there are to Mario’s. The masterwork of Ocarina of Time could not have happened without the groundwork laid by the awe-inspiring, world-flipping gameplay of Link to the Past.

Gun Sage: Let me be honest. This game would be in my top 3 Zelda games of all time, just barely sharing spots with Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess. OOT because it’s the best, TP because it had the best storytelling elements and objectively the second best Hyrule Field. This one, however, was the best 16-bit Zelda, had the best Hyrule Field, was the first game to feature a Dark World (or any sort of duality), had one of the best stories (and the first actual plot, though Zelda 2 tried), and so on. The first two Zelda games had a lot of bonuses, goodies, and hidden stuff, but this one blew them clean out of the water with additional content. Once again, much like with FF7, all I have to mention is things like Dark World, Agahnim fight, turning into a fucking bunny thing, getting the master sword, and so on, and instantly any gamer around me starts sprouting a chub. Good times, great game.

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