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This was the first Zelda game to feature Pieces of Heart, partial heart containers which required a player to locate 4 of these to complete a full Heart Container.

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A picture of Mario can be found in two of the houses in Kakariko Village.

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In the instruction manual of the game's Western release, Ganondorf is given the last name Dragmire. This was the result of Nintendo of America's translation team wanting to make their own contribution to the story. This is the only instance where Ganondorf is given a last name.

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The Chris Houlihan room (how to get there can be found under the "Cheats" tab) is named after a real-life gamer. In 1990, Nintendo Power held a contest where you had to take a picture of the Warmech boss in Final Fantasy, and send it in. After that, they randomly drew one person to win the grand prize - a cameo appearance in the next Legend of Zelda game.

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This was the first Zelda game to feature the Hookshot, Ocarina, Bottles, The Master Sword, Mirror Shield, and tunics.

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During development, inspired by Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, Shigeru Miyamoto wanted to have a number of characters aside from Link that the player could use. He had specifically wanted to do so with the third game in the series ever since the first was released, and wanted Link, a magic user, and a girl (likely a fairy) to be used. This idea was left out during development, keeping the playable characters limited to Link.

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This game was responsible for establishing the recognizable music in the Zelda franchise. While the "Hyrule Overture" could be heard in the original game, many recurring motifs of the Zelda songs come from A Link to the Past, such as "Zelda's Lullaby", "Ganondorf's Theme", "Hyrule Castle", "Kakariko Village" and "Select Screen/Fairy Cave". These themes have been used in subsequent Zelda games.

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This game's development began in 1988 as a third NES title, but the project was later moved to the Super Nintendo.

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Nintendo was able to invest a larger amount of funds and time into this game due to the financial success of the previous two games.

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The Dark World in this game is actually an overlay of the game's Light World. This was done to save cartridge space.

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The game's graphic tiles were reduced to 8 colors instead of 16 colors, another method that Nintendo used to save cartridge space.

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The English version of the game had religious references removed in order to comply with Nintendo of America's censorship guidleines. The original subtitle is "The Triforce of the Gods" and the "christian chapel" was renamed the "cathedral." The Egyptian hieroglyphs also had designs of vultures and ankhs which were removed, and Agahnim's backstory was altered to remove any religious meanings, as he originally descended from the gods.

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The Chris Houlihan room has been deemed as one of the most famous easter eggs in video game history. This easter egg has been covered by G4TV, IGN, GameSpy, and 1up.com just to name a few. Ironically, the Chris Houlihan room went widely undiscovered until the rise of the internet and the popularity of SNES emulators at the turn of the millennium.

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A Link to the Past has reportedly sold 4.61 million copies worldwide.

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Famous Quotes

You are short on Magic Power! You can't use this item now. Watch your Magic Meter!

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Sahasrahla: When Ganon is stunned, seal his fate with a Silver arrow! Do you understand Link?

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AND THE MASTER SWORD SLEEPS AGAIN...FOREVER!

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