This game was intended to be the prequel to the NES hits The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link and returned gamers to many of the beloved game mechanics from the first game, blending elements from the second, and systematically improving the Zelda experience overall. From subtle improvements like full 360 degree movement, an expanded item and magic repertoire, and massively increased story, Link to the Past was a major hit and contributor to the Zelda legacy and franchise.
After success and popularity of the original Zelda games for the NES , LTTP received a large budget and development team from Nintendo. In order to fit the story and game into the cartridge based system of the SNES, the game makers increased the memory from the standard 4 Mbit to 1 MB. There were many technical accomplishments in color rendering, run-time rendering, and world/level design that helped the game save memory and fit into the available space. Thus, the game was a technical achievement for the time as well a story and one of the best SNES selling games of all time worldwide and critically acclaimed as one of the best games of all time. It has received numerous top rankings and accolades from industry magazines, websites, and developers.
The young warrior Link is suddenly awoken during the a dark and stormy night by a telepathic message from Princess Zelda, who cries that she has been imprisoned in the dungeon of Hyrule Castle. When Link awakes, he finds that his Uncle is leaving with the family sword and shield and is told to stay put. Unable to shake the image of the princess in his head, he heads out into a thunderous night, following his Uncle to the Castle.
Sneaking into the Castle sewers, Link stumbles upon his Uncle lying wounded. As his Uncle lies dying, he tells Link that its his destiny to save the Princess and to take his sword and shield. Taking this burden upon himself, Link sets off on a journey that he soon discovers is much more than just a rescue mission. He soon finds himself rushing to save the princess from an evil wizard bent on merging this world of light with a world of darkness.