"The best of the Zelda games is now on the GBA! Awesome!"

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was a classic game that was extremely popular back in the days of the Super Nintendo. Recently, Nintendo has been porting them to the Game Boy Advance. As expected, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was also ported to the Game Boy Advance and it doesn't disappoint!

Game Play: The game play is simple. You slash enemies with your sword, defend with your shield but you can also use items. Throughout the game you'll collect items (Bombs, bow and arrow, boomerang, magical rods etc) and you can use those too. Like all the other Zelda games, you do a lot of puzzles inside of temples and dungeons. While it can be so darn frustrating sometimes, you can't help but love them =)Puzzles could be lighting up torches, moving blocks into proper places or defeating all the enemies in a specific room.

You'll be able to control Link pretty good and throughout the game you'll gain outside abilities such as running really fast (It's quite fan ramming your foes) or swimming in a lake. You probably won't be able to beat this game without a guide because sometimes the game is unclear on where exactly you have to do but regardless, the game play is classic and it still rocks even today. 9/10

Story: The story is simple, but then again, all the Zelda series have pretty simple stories. 7 maidens (Including Zelda) have been kidnapped and trapped in 7 dungeons with 7 crystals. Basically, you have to travel from dungeon to dungeon and slay the evil beast of the dungeon! Once you do that, you'll get a crystal. Your objective is to stop Ganondorf from taking over the light world (There's two worlds, light world and dark world). The story isn't anything dramatic but it's classic =) 9/10

Sound/Music: The sound is pretty good, when you use a sword, it sounds like you use a sword, when you throw a boomerang, it sounds like you throw a boomerang. The music is good too. I wouldn't say there is any great songs in this game but there are several different music that you'll become familiar with throughout the game (Like the boss battle!) The music won't get on your nerves and that is ALWAYS a plus. 8/10

Graphics: The graphics are good for it's time, you have to remember that this was on the Super Nintendo, not the GameCube so it isn't going to be anything great but these graphics were good for it's time. Even today, I don't find anything wrong with these graphics, I can see Link, I can see the enemy, I can see everything just fine and this game is superb even without all those fancy graphics. The bottom line is these graphics were great for it's time and acceptable by today's standards. 4/5

Difficulty: Ah, difficulty. Well, this game is easier than the Super Nintendo
version. Nintendo removed some things during the transition that ultimately made it easier. I don't mind personally but some of you may be enraged while others may be really happy. Regardless, this game is still pretty tough and it will take skill to beat it. 5/5

Replay Value: This game has okay replay value. You will play this game several times but you have some long breaks in between them just because you don't feel like going though a dungeon again. The good thing is that this game has replay value... 5/10

But wait, there's more! You also get the "Four Swords Adventure" in addition to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Four Swords Adventure can use 1-3 of your friends to play along too. 4 Swords isn't bad at all, it's a nice addition and because of this addition, I give 5 "extra credit" points to the final score.

Recap:

Game Play: 9/10
Story: 9/10
Sound/Music: 8/10
Graphics: 4/5
Difficulty: 5/5
Replay Value: 5/10

+ 5 Extra Points (From 4 Sword Adventure)

Total: 45/50 = 90%

This is seriously a great game. This happens to be one of those "Every gamer needs to play" type of game. If you liked the SNES version, you'll be happy to know it's now portable. If you never played the SNES version, now is your chance!


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 12/21/04


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