The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Nintendo Player's Guide
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The cover of the Nintendo Player's Guide
|Writer(s)||Pam Sather (Senior Editor)|
|Publisher(s)||Nintendo of America|
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Nintendo Player's Guide was a guide produced by Nintendo of America for A Link to the Past. While previous guides such as the NES Game Atlas had covered multiple games (such as The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link), this was the first Nintendo Player's Guide guide to cover a single game in extensive detail. While it was produced by staff from Nintendo Power, it was released as a separate entity to the magazine itself. It was followed by The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide, which was produced in a near identical manner.
Unlike most recent guides, the majority of the book is written in an in-universe style, describing the events and world of the game as if they really existed. Events and solutions are described in the manner of a historical record of Link's adventure and what he did to escape traps and defeat Ganon.
The book is divided into five main sections, although the second and third sections make up the majority of the book's contents.
The Legend describes the events and story of the first two Zelda games, followed with a retelling of the back story of A Link to the Past. These stories are largely accurate to those contained in the manuals to each game, but include some additional details and newly produced artwork by Katsuya Terada. There are also small sections including additional details about the games themselves and their legacy.
The Light World and The Dark World
The second and third sections provide an in-depth geographical and historical tour of both the Light World and the Dark World. These sections are written entirely in-universe and contain numerous embellishing information not included in the game, such as a detailed look at Hylian clothing and discussion of a mysterious Golden Land royalty. The pages are also filled with unique artwork produced for the book and not seen in the manual. While including superfluous detail, these sections still act as the primary guide information, covering numerous locations, puzzles, secrets and maps in a loosely linear fashion so that the player can read along with Link's exploits as they progress through the game, while still leaving the player to discover much of the game play and solve numerous puzzles themselves.
Link's Journey focuses on some of the more difficult puzzles in the game in a more chronological fashion, directing the player how to solve each of the most challenging moments in the game and interspersing a number of smaller secrets and enemy information.
The final section of the book serves as a glossary, covering each of the items Link can obtain in the game, strategies and information about each of the bosses, and details on where hidden Heart Pieces, Fairies and even secrets hidden in trees are located.
Artwork of Link placing one of the six Crystals into its respective statue from The Adventure of Link
Artwork of the Thunderbird looming over Link from The Adventure of Link
Artwork of Link fighting Dark Link from The Adventure of Link
Artwork of the Triforce
Artwork of the Seven Wise Men
Artwork of Hyrule
Artwork of Link in the Lost Woods
Artwork depicting the Imprisoning War
Artwork of Hyrule Castle
Artwork of the Eastern Palace
Artwork of the gate of the Village of Outcasts
Artwork of Turtle Rock
Artwork of Ganon's Tower
Artwork of the Master Sword
Artwork of a worn, untempered sword (possibly the Fighter's Sword)
Artwork of the Red Shield
Artwork of the Blue Mail
Artwork of a Bomb
Artwork of a Super Bomb
Artwork of the Book of Mudora
Artwork of the Magic Mirror
Artwork of the Moon Pearl
Artwork of the Ether Medallion
Artwork of the Bombos Medallion
Artwork of the Quake Medallion
Artwork of the Flute
Artwork of the Cane of Somaria
Artwork of the Cane of Byrna
Artwork of a Crystal Switch
Artwork of a Fairy Fountain statue
Artwork of a Soldier
Artwork of a Zora
Artwork of Hylian ears
Artwork of a Hylian earring