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The Evolution of Link - How Hyrule's Hero Changed Over 30 Years

Liz Finnegan | 24 Feb 2016 15:00
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1991 - A Link to the Past


For the 16-bit era, the appropriately named A Link to the Past returned to the classic top-down perspective and original formula that made The Legend of Zelda so successful. Link looked great on the new system, starring in an epic tale that introduced two different realms, the beloved Ocarina, the Hookshot, and, of course, the Master Sword. All of these items would become recurring features in the franchise moving forward. Most importantly, this was a new, expressive Link, an improvement on the stoic-faced lad we'd come to know. Link could run, swim, and bob around Hyrule with his neat pink hair.

1993 - Link's Awakening


Link's Awakening changed everything. Seriously, everything. It was the first portable game, jumping backwards technologically after the success of A Link to the Past. Bye bye color - when Link's Awakening hit, he went black and white. There was no Hyrule, No Triforce, No Zelda. Somehow, though, it worked. Link was suddenly a natural musician, picking up the ability to play, like, every instrument. In addition, the personality he'd been given in A Link to the Past transitioned with him. The game also introduced something that would be featured in other games moving forward - fishing. Oh, and he jumped.

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