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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Includes Four Swords) - Game Boy Advance

Game Boy Advance
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Game Boy Advance
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone Everyone
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Adventure game A Link to the Past seamlessly mixes brain-bending puzzles and supreme swashbuckling action, as hero Link travels between the Light World and the Dark World, conquering fierce monsters and uncovering Hyrule's deepest secrets along the way. Also included on the cartridge is a new multi-player adventure, Four Swords, in which up to four players can cooperate and compete (link cable and extra copies of the game required). The dungeon puzzles have been designed to demand that multiple heroes solve problems and slash foes together, but even as you cooperate, you compete against your friends to see who can collect the most Rupees.

Since The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is on the same Game Pak as Four Swords, what you do in one game affects gameplay in the other. If you learn a new sword move such as the Beam Sword attack in A Link to the Past, you can use the special move during your adventures in Four Swords. After you beat the final bosses in both games, a whole new dungeon will open in A Link to the Past. In Four Swords, the player who earns the most Rupees in an area wins a medal. Once you earn 10 medals you can begin a riddle quest in A Link to the Past.

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Got Game Boy Advance friends and a Game Link Cable? Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is a retelling of the venerable series' first game with a quest for up to four players--all from one cartridge. The game is a mix of action and puzzles where Link must travel between the Light and Dark worlds to rescue Princess Zelda.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game. Glad to see it rereleased. June 19 2003
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In 1992 Nintendo released A Link To The Past. As the title indicates, this is a prequel to the other two Zelda games that were out at the time. And finally, the game has gotten a GBA rerelease, along with a bonus multiplayer adventure! Read on to see how it measures up.
Graphics: 4.25/5
Not too fancy, but not horrible either. This is how graphics SHOULD be in this kind of game! The graphics in the Four Swords multiplayer adventure are a lot more cutesy than the ones in the regular game.
Play Control. 4.5/5
It takes getting used to at first, but ultimately it's a very satisfying scheme. You'll love it.
Challenge: 3.75/5
The game isn't terribly difficult. The real challenge is in the dungeons. You'll find yourself solving all kinds of puzzles. Also, there are pieces of heart (this was the first game to have them) to hunt down. Finding them all is kind of a challenge in its own right.
Theme/Fun: 5/5
Fun IS this game. Put simply this game is so addicting, that once you start playing, you're not gonna have a life outside of it. Okay, maybe that's exaggerating a bit, but it's still damn good fun. This is only added to by some mini-games and side quests.
Music/Sound: 3.75/5
The music isn't great, but it certainly has its moments. Like the second NES Zelda, the music really matches the mood of your atmospheres. The sound is basic and to the point - enough said there.
Storyline: 4.25/5
A young boy and his uncle get a telepathic call from a captured Princess who needs rescue. The uncle gets injured beyond fighting condition and gives the boy his sword. Soon enough he sets out on a quest to eliminate evil. Overall a good story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great classic; sound is a bit off though June 23 2005
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An excellent rendition of a classic must-play game. My only complaint is that the sound is not very good on this port. While the GBA has always had limited sound capabilities, this game in particular has very poor sound compared to the SNES original (from 1992!).
Otherwise the game is a perfect port and great for getting that quick Zelda fix. Go back and play this once you're done with The Minish Cap ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars For those of you who just tuned in... Dec 15 2003
By Derek
Format:Video Game
This has got to be, along with a few other titles, the biggest, best hit for the SNES. But, unfortunately, the all to quick decay of time has long since taken its toll on that revolutionizing era, and for those of us who were not interested in this form of entertainment when it originally came out, we missed out on many a great game. I, personally, had never played A Link to the Past before its release on this platform. Now we have had the opportunity to participate in this wonderful link to the past (yes, there is a pun intended), and I am proud to say that I am amazed. This game deserves, and indeed all but created, the Zelda name. It continued and still continues the original puzzel-solving/adventure genre started in 1987 with the original Zelda, and has provided the basis for every game in the series since. In playing almost all the later games, it is easy to envision the creators of the games saying "How can I make this as much like A Link to the Past as possible?", especially in what is considered to be the best game of all time, somewhat ironically called Ocarina of Time. All in all, this game is a definate must-buy for anyone that owns a nintendo gameboy advance. The graphics are still superb, the sound is a testament to the GBA's capabilities, and it comes with a 2-4 player adventure that is also fun in its own right. In conclusion, when you buy this game, you are not only buying adventure and hours and hours of pure fun, mind-bending/strengthening puzzels, and an all new competitive quest, you are buying history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great remake July 3 2003
By Mike
Format:Video Game
The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past Four swords, a remake of the best game of all time, with a couple extras. This game was one of the best games released in 1991 for the 16 bit Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Here is my over all rating of this game on a scale of 1 - 10, 10 obviously being the best.
Graphics: 10
All I can say is it is somehow better in graphics than it's SNES counterpart. I guess it is due to the Gameboy advance being a 32 bit system, rather than the SNES's 16.
Audio: 10
Four Swords offers good sound effects, along with the original music. Now, when Link does the sword swipe it does the "Hyaah!" from Ocarina of Time, and the sound effects when Link falls also from OOT.
Fun level: 10
This game is fun, hands down. After you beat A Link to the Past, you can get a link cable and play up to 4 players on the extra game: Four swords. After you beat Four Swords, in A Link to the Past you can go to the "Secret Temple" and play a short game where you have to beat four Links... mysteriously similar to the one in Zelda WindWaker. He also has the wild spin you learn from the figting guru guy.
All in all this is an awesome game which you will get your money's worth. Buy this game!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly "The Best" RPG of All Time! June 23 2003
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When I was 4, I got my first gaming system, SNES! With it, I got Donkey Kong and Zelda. Everyone told me I couldn't play it because I couldn't read, but I proved them wrong. I easily mastered the game and completed it without help by the age of 7. You may think that three years was a long time, but not when you can't read in the beginning and then gradually read better through the game! I was young and I had no complaints about this game. Completeing it was a great challenge!
I was watching tv this year and I saw that Zelda was coming out for the GBA. Soon after it came out, I bought it. When I started playing, it was easy. I had remembered many things from playing the game before. But, it soon got harder. This is probobally the most challenging RPG. I am pretty far now, and I am posotive that it won't take me three years to complete it, but it will take a while.
One of the major differences that I noticed was the graphics. The graphics have become a whole lot better, and Nintendo has added much more detailed colorings. The Four Swords also has good graphics - based on the same graphics as Windwaker. I completely dislike the graphics in Wind Waker, but the graphics for Four Swords aren't that noticable on GBA. Another chande for A Link to the Past is that there are added quests, such as riddles at the twins house and the Temple of the Four Swords, that all tie in with completion of The Four Swords.
Overall, this is an AWESOME game and I would reccomend it to any age willing to complete one of the most challenging games that they have ever played. I started it at 4 and was commited to completing it without even reading! Also, I had no complaints about this game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it
So glad to finally have this game!
Published 23 days ago by etrnlflame
5.0 out of 5 stars Totaly Awsome I Give It 5 Stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have played about 4 Zelda games altogether, and this was the best ever!!! I haven't even played the multiplayer Four Swords adventure yet, and I give it 5 stars already! Read more
Published on July 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars great game, buy it!
this is a great game. i got it last year as a trade for harry potter 1 at gamestop. it was a horribly great game! i beat the game, but i couldnt have done without a walkthrough. Read more
Published on June 9 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Awesome
This game (like the SNES version) rocks. It has got to be one of the best ever made. Its good and long like a video game should be. Read more
Published on May 18 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy it secondhand on internet - first hand it is 2 expensive
anno 2004, this game is depressingly ugly to look at, so ugly that it hinders my gameplay experience. the ratings for THIS zelda are far too high and imo only based on nostalgia. Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by "morfinus"
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS GAME ROCKSSSSS
The first time I played thissss game was when I wasssss flying over from newerk new jersey. I liked it so much I bought it for my gameboyadvance.the graphics are so amazing. Read more
Published on April 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars its not over
sure if you bought this game and beaten a link to the past,you would say that you where done with the a link to the past. Read more
Published on April 9 2004 by Vlad the Impaler
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Zelda game of all time!
If you owned a standard NES and were a Legend Of Zelda addict youll love this game even more than the first. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by J. Parmelee
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't have this, you're missing out on a GREAT game.
This is a very good game for the Advance or SP. It follows Link and his adventures through Hyrule to defeat Ganon, the evil sorcerer. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2003 by I Read the Book
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the SNES version
This was one of my favorite SNES games, and now it is improved.
A great action RPG, you will travel throughout the kingdoms, gaining the items needed to defeat the enemy. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by C. Bedford Crenshaw
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