Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Legend of Zelda: A Look at the Past

Friday marks the release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game for both the Switch and Wii U. To mark the release I've scanned a few articles of a couple of past Zelda games from Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) and one from GamePro. From EGM is a preview and review for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Zelda III), and a review for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.

Electronic Gaming Monthly #30

If you're not familiar with EGM's review format let me briefly explain how they were set up. On the first page of their reviews they listed their Review Crew and a short blurb on what each of them has been up to. Then every game had a short overview followed by a few sentences by each reviewer. The reviews were grouped by platform and I had to do some editing to place each review next to the list of reviewers which is why the colors look a bit off. Of course, like most everyone they enjoyed both games, awarding A Link to the Past a gold award and game of the month. Other gold award winners that month include Super Adventure Island (SNES), Rolling Thunder 2 (Genesis), and Mega Man II (Game Boy). Link's Awakening received a gold award but not game of the month. In that issue Zombies Ate My Neighbors (SNES) was awarded a platinum award and game of the month while other gold awards went to Alien 3 (SNES) and Battletoads in Battlemaniacs (SNES).

Electronic Gaming Monthly #49
Electronic Gaming Monthly #32

From GamePro is a review of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past followed by their pro tips for playing the game. They rate games on a five-point scale and use various facial expressions to represent the numerical value. A Link to the Past received a perfect score and while it probably deserved it, I should point out that GamePro was never shy about handing out perfect scores.

GamePro -  August 1992

I'd add my own Legend of Zelda experiences but I've never played more than a couple hours of any Zelda game. I'm sure they're as good as many people say but I grew up primarily with Sega platforms and just haven't taken the time to play many of Nintendo's games. If you're buying Breath of the Wild on Friday I hope you have a lot of fun with it this weekend and thanks for reading!

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