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Game Boy Advance
Nintendo of Europe GmbH
Flagship Co.
UPC: 45496731823

Released: 12-03-02
Players: 1-4
Coop: 4
Country Origin: Europe

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Anime / Manga, Medieval / Fantasy

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Loose:  $18.89
Complete:  $32.99
New:  $57.19
Rarity:  3/10

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

The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past & Four Swords is an Action-adventure game developed by Flagship Co., Ltd., Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo of Europe GmbH in 2003 for the Game Boy Advance.

The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past & Four Swords

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Rating: 9 (357 votes)

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A legend begins a new... and a new multiplayer adventure is born! A Super NES classic now on Game Boy Advance! Pick up your sword and travel to the Dark World, in A Link to the Past, to restore peace to the land of Hyrule, or join forces, in the first multiplayer Zelda game, Four Swords. Master Link's abilities and link with up to four players in a new adventure, which mixes cooperation and competition.

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The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past & Four Swords Review by: sonicthehedgeho.. - 9/10

"The hero that is forced between two worlds"
The legendary word known as past......Something that all of us are linked to in some way, shape, or form. As such we’re always told tales about ancestors from our own past that changed the world whether it was for better or for worse, and as you’ve probably heard already that every story has it’s conclusion but what we’ve never figured out is when does the conclusion truly appear. This story follows the same path, leaving you with the memories of the past when a dark evil force was sealed away however; it was never gone for good since it was only waiting to be awakened once again. During that one night though you felt the awakening of a power and from deep within you hear a voice calling out for your help, although you are told to go to sleep by your elderly family member you just know that this power is not your own but the power of the hero spoken throughout the legends of this land. So it’s now time for you to start your adventure and for us to start the review!

Graphics: 8 out of 10

Now while the graphics for this game have vastly improved over the NES games, having more detailed backgrounds and enemies. There aren’t any changes in the graphics from its SNES to GBA port but for this version I guess you could say it stacks up pretty fine compared to other game released for the handheld. If you want some ideas on how the graphics really fit the game, when you first enter the lost
woods it appears all foggy causing many enemies to blend with the background and hard to see at times. Other things that showcase how well the graphics look in this game are the medallions that you collect during your quest through the light and dark world with the three being named “Ether, Bombos, and Quake” Ether having the power to freeze enemies is the surrounding area near you, Bombos as you would guess from the name makes your sword shoot out fire in a spiral motion then it causes the screen to have explosions that cover almost all of the screen, finally Quake having the power where you stab the ground with your sword causing it to violently shake causing enemies to either change into a strange looking enemy or be defeated. A decent job on the graphics so I’d be willing to give the graphics an 8 out of 10 rating.

Sound: 9 out of 10

You’d think that since it’s just a port of the SNES version that the sound wouldn't’t change just like with the graphics but that is where the first mistake that people would normally make. Unlike the graphics section this port did gain additional sound effects compared to the original, as before when Link would attack he wouldn't’t make any sound and you’d only hear the sword swinging but; now he sounds just like how he does in his Young Link self from another Zelda game known as Ocarina of Time. Now in the terms of actual music this game may not have as much compared to other games that came later in the series however; it will leave quite an impression on you from the moment you turn on your GBA, to the time that you’ve finished the quest in Hyrule and have finished the game. Some of my favorite songs in this game have to be Princess Zelda’s theme, Agahnim’s theme, File select theme, and the prologue theme. When you hear the prologue theme and listen to how dark it sounds you know that this game shall draw you into both the story and gameplay immediately, so all in all I’m giving the sound a 9 out of 10

Addictiveness: 7 out of 10

Even though this game isn’t my favorite installment in the series it is definitely still a game that holds my interest, due to how large the world is and having to switch between the Light and Dark World to enter or escape a certain area. One mechanic I like about that factor is only being able to use the Magic Mirror item once and having to find another teleporter if you’re in the Light World and have already used the Mirror which causes you to carefully plan out each move before you can progress forward. This game is also quite long spanning 13
Dungeons (If you include Hyrule Castle with Agahnim) so I’m sure this game will last you at least a few days or weeks depending on how much you’ll spend on this game each day. While this may not be as great as other GBA games it certainly is a great SNES game, which to me earns this a rating of 7 out of 10.

Story: 10+ out of 10

In a dark stormy night you awaken from hearing the pleas of a girl known as Zelda princess of Hyrule, and she is telling you that she needs help from inside the castle as she’s been locked away. Your grandfather notices that you’re awake and cautiously tells you to go back to sleep while he has his sword and shield equipped, he then leaves the house without any other words. Link however; knowing that something is amiss decides to disregard the words of his grandfather, hopping out of bed he heads for Hyrule Castle in the violent sounds of the night. Link quickly reaches his destination wet tunic and all, but; the castle guards do not permit his entry into the castle telling him to buzz off and go back home. Link doesn’t give up yet just because of that and decides to search for another means of entry soon after finding an underground entrance to the basement, once inside he finds his grandfather barely alive as he hears his final words and takes his grandfather’s sword and shield. You’d think that after you defeat the main villain Agahnim that you’ll have finished the game right, well nope because just as you deliver the finishing blow you get transported to an alternate world of Hyrule known as the Dark World now
you’re sent with the task of rescuing the 7 maidens from the Dungeons spread out across the land so you can take down the evil that has been reawakened in this world and become a known hero. An excellent job on the story with this game by making it have an incredibly interesting as well as a detailed prologue and main story so I’m giving the story section a 10+ out of 10 meaning I would rate this higher than 10 but I can’t.

Depth: 9 out of 10

Out of all the games I’ve played through-out the series this game seems to have the most dungeons, 11 actual dungeons and 13 if you count Hyrule Castle and the Palace of the Four Swords. Meaning that this game will most likely take the longest amount of time to beat compared to let’s say for instance Link’s Awakening or Oracle of Seasons/Ages, now in the ways of how much this game offers there isn’t much besides the dungeons. There is one interesting secret that you can unlock in this game that wasn’t possible in the SNES version and that is a room known as “Palace of the Four Swords” which is found by completing the 4 swords game included with this cartridge as well as defeating Ganon on A Link to The Past, then by going where the pyramid of power is located (along with having 20 ruppies) go into the hole and there should be a creature inside asking you to pay him 20 ruppies. When you do this he’ll disappear leaving you to enter the room ahead where you will have to find each one of the 4 swords by defeating the 4 bosses included in this dungeon and after all of that you’ll enter a room where the swords will float over to the corners of the room creating 4 doppelgangers of yourself each with a different color (Green, Blue, Red, Purple) and abilities. Green is average and will stay on the defensive and try to attack you; Red will have more attacks such as using the Pegasus boots and spinning around the room with his sword, Blue will have the same moves as Red however; he has another move similar to the quake medallion, and finally Purple who will be heavily defensive dodging almost all your attacks while he can attack using the Pegasus boots as well as the quake attack plus the Spin attack type move that I mentioned and sometimes he will shoot fire out of his sword. Finally if you are able to defeat them you’ll receive a special ending that you wouldn't’t normally get after finishing the game where you’ll see slides of the Dark World temples and bosses and afterwards a slide showing how many times you’ve used certain items along with how many ruppies you’ve collected and enemies you’ve defeated, so for depth I’d give A Link to The Past a 9 out of 10.

Difficulty: 8 out of 10

Like you would expect from a Zelda game, having many challenges and difficulties is part of the experience when playing this series. This game is definitely no exception to this rule especially like how I mentioned in the addictiveness factor of this review, you can only use the magic mirror once to change from the light to dark world or vice versa and in order to use it once again you must enter a portal in the light world or enter the spot where you used the magic mirror before which does add challenge to this game which I like very much in a game. Not only that but you might think that the normal enemies in the dark world would do the same damage as the enemies in the light world right??? Wrong actually they usually do 2 to 3x the amount of damage that they do in the light world which can also cause you to die easier. Although this game isn’t as difficult as for instance: Zelda II The Adventure of Link on NES or the original Legend of Zelda, it is still a challenging game but it’s that certain level of challenge where it keeps you entertained and makes you enjoy the game so I’m giving the difficulty for this game a 8 out of 10.

Now that you know what task lies ahead of you brave hero chosen by the gods, will you accept the dangers of this quest in order to save this land? As you travel between these 2 worlds granting the wishes of the maidens that have been kidnapped and bringing peace back to the world of Hyrule, you stand there at the entrance where the last of the evil that was brought here is hiding. Will you become a legend? Or will the land of Hyrule be swept away into a land of darkness? Only one way to find out and that is to enter through the path ahead of you so LET’S GO!
                                                                           *Enters through door*
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                                                              The Fortress Of The Reviews Ending
  Graphics 8   Sound 9   Addictive 7   Depth 9   Story 10   Difficulty 8

The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past & Four Swords Reviews

Overall 9    Graphics 8.8    Sound 9    Addictive 8.1    Story 7.9    Depth 8.9    Difficulty 7.3

legend of zelda   dts25
sometimes you play a game and you just feel like you can't put it down. The overall sound, feel, cha...
  Graphics 8   Sound 10   Addictive 9   Story 8   Depth 8   Difficulty 9

      Review Rating: 4.9/5     Submitted: 10-01-12     Review Replies: 1

"The hero that is forced between two worlds"   sonicthehedgeho..
The legendary word known as past......Something that all of us are linked to in some way, ...
  Graphics 8   Sound 9   Addictive 7   Story 10   Depth 9   Difficulty 8

      Review Rating: 4.8/5     Submitted: 07-01-13     Updated: 07-02-13     Review Replies: 8

Zelda A Link to the Past for Gameboy Advanced   Zora Marslink
  This is the third game in the Zelda series, and a major progression of graphics from it’...
      Review Rating: 4.5/5     Submitted: 02-05-14     Updated: 02-11-14     Review Replies: 4

Zelda a link to the past review   Beastmode64
Link to the past was an OK game. It is about this boy that travels to two dimens...
  Graphics 8   Sound 9   Addictive 8   Story 8   Depth 10   Difficulty 4

      Review Rating: 4.4/5     Submitted: 12-21-12     Review Replies: 2

A Link to The Fun   Arakkas
A Link to The Past is a fun, intuitive, and long game experience. If I could recommend one LoZ game ...
  Graphics 8   Sound 9   Addictive 6   Story 3   Depth 8   Difficulty 9

      Review Rating: 4.3/5     Submitted: 11-27-13     Review Replies: 0

Legend of Zelda: Four swords review   minorman4
The Four swords, a brilliant game for young and old gamers. I've only played it for a bit and comple...
  Graphics 10   Sound 8   Addictive 10   Story 7   Depth 8   Difficulty 5

      Review Rating: 4.2/5     Submitted: 10-27-11     Review Replies: 1

AMAZING   LegendOfZelda
This game is very fun, I have this for the GBA and have always loved this spectacular fun classic ga...
  Graphics 10   Sound 10   Addictive 10   Story 10   Depth 10   Difficulty 5

      Review Rating: 3/5     Submitted: 01-16-13     Review Replies: 1

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no 8120 04-28-17 - 10:10 PM
 @NoxHardigan I just tried this game to see if it still works unfortunately it looks like this game was removed by nintendo
NoxHardigan 04-28-17 - 09:49 PM
 Is this game still available? It doesn't seem like it is. Please say that that isn't so.
ari7654321 01-17-15 - 10:45 PM
 thats what i want to know kone
Konekodemon 11-25-14 - 01:28 PM
 Hmm, where's Net Play?
kingkoopa64 11-22-14 - 08:10 AM
 i played this cartridge in real life i did not rescue link to the past zelda great game 9/10
inuship 10-30-14 - 01:26 PM
 there is a way into the palace of foursword but its hard. you have to go too the fourth dark world dungeon and pull off a hard mirror trick that will let you walk through walls, its hard too explain but you can easily find a video on youtube if you look
mariosonic123 05-29-14 - 08:23 PM
 NOOOOOOOO, David, please add netplay to this game so we can play four swords... (Hope he's reading this...)
supersonicracin.. 02-03-14 - 10:46 AM
 You can get to the palace of the four sword, just gotta use a real emulator. AND GUYS, YOU CAN'T USE NETPLAY ON THIS. SOLVED. NOW SHUT UP ABOUT TI!
vanitas234 02-01-14 - 12:28 PM
 uhhh so i cant do palace of the four sword?
fireork12 01-04-14 - 02:17 PM
 You're wasting your money, it doesn't even have netplay
SacredShadow 12-14-13 - 10:12 PM
 this game looks promisingly good.
poke red 09-05-13 - 09:02 PM
 crayon guy
24BOSS2424 09-04-13 - 03:38 PM
 nice game, but i prefer the snes version just for nostalgia!!
giorgi0101 07-27-13 - 11:11 AM
 if you need some help watch four swords gameplay in youtube
SuperCrash64 07-11-13 - 10:48 AM
 1 you need the netplay item, 2 There is no way Any Handheld system supports netplay, There maybe a chance in the future, but there are currently no plans of making it support netplay as of right now. regards=supercrash64
giorgi0101 07-11-13 - 10:11 AM
 how to play it four swords with no netplay? please send me i have brother and i need to play it with him if i can't it sent me how to play gba games with two players to play me and my brother? or with online?
supersonicracin.. 06-06-13 - 02:04 PM
supersonicracin.. 06-01-13 - 08:14 AM
 Wait never mind, I got the magic mirror, and I need help with the 3rd dungeon. @below Lol, I beat the DSI and 3DS port.
fireork12 05-26-13 - 04:40 PM
 Four swords? I BEAT IT! Not! YOU CAN'T EVEN PLAY IT!
supersonicracin.. 05-18-13 - 01:26 PM
 Anyone here know how to get the magic mirror?
freakyforrest9 05-14-13 - 04:34 PM
 @pa05 & Baxter9181: You can't do play with others on here. There's no netplay sessions for the GBA for some reason.
jo25 05-14-13 - 11:12 AM
 @newgroundsfan you cant play four swords singleplayer this is the Gameboy Advance version! you need to link with others to play.
jo25 05-14-13 - 11:08 AM
 stop whining you guys you cant play four swords. even if you have someone else playing it on another computer, you cant link. this is just something yu need for GBA with other friends. Get four swords adventures for GameCube
supersonicracin.. 05-11-13 - 10:29 AM
 I use alttp here cause SNES games lag me alot.
Baxter9181 04-28-13 - 07:54 PM
 I dont know why you can play single player on dsi but not on vizzed or gameboy.

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