Zelda: A Link to the Past Famicom

Zelda: A Link to the Past Famicom is one of the most interesting Famicom pirates I have ever come across. It is certainly the most faithful to the game from which it borrows (ie: rips-off). You wouldn’t know to look at the anime-flavored artwork, but this is indeed a complete 8-bit remake of the famed SNES Zelda title the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Referred to often as “Chinese originals” because of their country of origin, there are many pirates similar to this floating around. I myself also own a Chinese original Famicom remake (demake?) of the Game Bot Advance game The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, although the game play is much more dissimilar to it’s source content than this game. The Minish Cap is actually a pretty terrible game, but this; this is solid gold.

Zelda: A Link to the Past Famicom was of course created by none-other-than the famed Chinese pirate company Waixing Science and Technology, who are also renowned for their 8-bit rendition of Final Fantasy 7, among many others. This is certainly an interesting pirate, and it actually plays pretty well. I haven’t been all the way through the game myself, but from what I understand the game ends where the dark world begins on the SNES title; which is understandable, considering that this is only a Famicom cart here.

From what I have played the game is pretty close to the SNES game, understandable limitations not with standing. I ked up on Ebay for around $60 about a year ago. The seller had multiple copies for BIN’s within the auction, but it was shut down by Ebay shorty after I payed for my copy. Since then, I have several copies crop up now and again on the Racket Boy sale forum and especially Famicom World. This is certainly a pirate that is actually worth the hype it gets. Highly recommended for Zelda fans of all ages.

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2 thoughts on “Zelda: A Link to the Past Famicom

  1. This is indeed a great game, but it doesn’t end with the beginning of the Dark World. However, there are a few things in the Dark World that are broken (the hookshot doesn’t seem to work in the water dungeon, and for that reason I’ve never finished it), but even so, it is very impressive.

    Now, if only the music were decent! :)

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