The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

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Takashi Tezuka
Country: Japan
Fujiko Takimoto
Link (GBA remake only)
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Harassing a chicken will soon send an endless flock of angry birds attacking you. The only escape is to get out that area fast, if you're lucky.
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The Chris Houlihan room was created for a winner of a Nintendo Power contest, but he was never told which game his name would appear in.
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According to the official Legend of Zelda timeline that was released in 2011 by the producers, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991) (A Link to the Past) follows many years after The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) (Ocarina of Time). According to the chronology, the timeline is split during Ocarina of Time: if the Hero of Time (Link) is victorious, it leads to Ganon being defeated and sealed by the seven sages that Link found in that game; however, if Ganon defeats Link, it leads to the King commanding seven wise men to seal the entrance to the Sacred Realm, trapping Ganon inside, until he escapes many years later in Link to the Past. This is then followed by The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (2001) (Oracle of Seasons), The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (2001) (Oracle of Ages), The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993) (Link's Awakening), The Legend of Zelda (1986) (The Legend of Zelda) and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1987) (The Adventure of Link).
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In some dungeons, if Link gets touched by a flake of magic that can turn him into a rabbit if he's wearing the blue or red armor, his armor will revert back to his green cloth until he transforms back into human.
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Has this game been retconned? Because in Ocarina of Time, the backstory seen in Link to the Past is presented differently.
Not exactly. In 2011, the producers of Zelda finally created an official timeline of the series, which details how all installments are related to each other chronologically. They had to account for many continuity problems and discrepancies that had arisen over the decades, so their chronology splits in 3 separate timelines in Zeruda no densetsu: Toki no okarina (Ocarina of Time). The first timeline continues the child era from Ocarina of Time, and gives rise to Zeruda no densetsu: Mujura no kamen (Majora's Mask) and Zeruda no densetsu Towairaito purinsesu (Twilight Princess). The second timeline continues the Adult era, where the Seven Sages are Link's friends of different species, who help him seal Ganon into the Sacred Realm. This timeline leads into Zeruda no densetsu: Kaze no takuto (Wind Waker), Zeruda no densetsu: Mugen no sunadokei (Phantom Hourglass) and Zeruda no densetsu: Daichi no kiseki (Spirit Tracks).The third timeline in Ocarina of Time is unseen, and occurs when Ganon is successful by defeating Link. By obtaining the Triforce pieces of both Zelda and Link, Zelda and the other sages can only send Ganon away into the Sacred Realm. When Ganon attampts to escape years later, the King of Hyrule appoints Seven Sages, who re-seal the entrance to the Sacred Realm, again trapping Ganon inside. Generations later, Ganon manages to make the descendants of the Sages disappear, weakening the seal and allowing his escape.Link to the Past is a successor to this specific backstory: the Seven Sages are men and Link has to find their descendants (also human) to defeat Ganon. It is also interesting to note that the nature of the imprisonment is different in the timelines. In the first, Ganon is cast away in what is later identified as the Twilight Realm (seen in Twilight Princess); in the second and third, Ganon is imprisoned in the Dark World (the Sacred Realm turned dark as it reflects the dark nature of his heart), which is shown only in Link to the Past as a twisted version of Hyrule.
What are the differences between the Censored International Version and the Japanese Version?
Everything that might come across as being religious was altered by Nintendo of America. Not even the subtitles stayed untouched. Parts of the story were changed for the same reason. One example: Agahnim is no longer a priest but a wizard. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.
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