The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is probably my favorite game in the Zelda series. Sure, Ocarina of time is a very close second, but the SNES game is where I truly fell in love with the series. I think it’s where the franchise really found its footing. And someone decided that this great game needed some updated graphics.
We’ve gotten eShop releases for the original Zelda games, and a host of others, but for some reason, A Link to the Past has been left out in the cold. In late 2013, Nintendo gave us A Link Between Worlds, which is a strange successor to the SNES game. It’s very similar visually, and the overworld map is pretty similar. They even have a strikingly familiar mechanic where you phase between two different worlds.
Despite giving the game a strange sequel of sorts, Nintendo hasn’t made any mention of re-releasing the original game on their mobile platform. A version was made available on the Wii back in 2007 though. But what about something a little newer? Something a little more Unreal?
As you can see above, someone decided that it was high time that Link made his way to the Unreal Engine. The game isn’t being remade by anyone using the engine, but user CryZENx decided to try his hand at recreating the very beginning of the game, as Link stumbles out into the rain, and heads toward the castle.
It’s neat to see an old favorite reimagined like this. However, I don’t think I’d actually enjoy playing this, were it actually made. So much of the charm of the original is lost in translation.