The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Gamebook)

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is a gamebook published by Futabasha in their "Futabasha Famicom Game Book Series" on July 26, 1992.[2] It is based on A Link to the Past. The gamebook is notoriously "buggy," with many typos or mistakes in the entry number directions, such that it is impossible to finish legitimately.

Story

The gamebook closely follows the events of A Link to the Past, with a few notable variations:

  • Sahasrahla is depicted as more eccentric, spending most of his time in a hammock. He is also part of the Hero Assistance Society along with other people in Hyrule, including a merchant who gives Link the Book of Mudora.
  • The three Light World Dungeons and their Bosses are each connected to one of the three Deities of legend. For example, the Power Glove is said to have been given by the God of Power to the one who built the Desert Palace, and the God of Wisdom supposedly fought with Moldorm in the past to stop it from destroying the world.
  • Some of the Bosses have been expanded on. Moldorm is described as a mechanical automaton, and has the power to create a localized Dark World space that transforms Link into his Bunny form. Mothula's room is now lined with thorns, and it has encased the maiden in a cocoon rather than the usual Crystal. Blind the Thief is also given a motivation in the form of aspiring to steal the Triforce from Ganon, as a way to prove that he is the better thief.
  • Turtle Rock is described differently from how it appears in the game. It takes the form of an ornate (albeit ruined) mansion, with Link passing through a courtyard, reception hall, and dining room, and the fight with Trinexx taking place in a ballroom.

Known Errors

  • The book requires marking letters off an alphabet check on the player's record sheet, but frequently neglects to actually tell players to do this.
  • Many entries which direct you to another entry have the wrong destination printed. Known mistakes of this kind include:
    • Entry 117: 275 should be 410
    • Entry 208: 138 should be 10
    • Entry 222: 206 should be ???
    • Entry 223: 169 should be 40
    • Entry 306: 233 should be ???
    • Entry 384: 47 should be 447
    • Entry 340: 340 should be ???
    • Entry 379: 334 should be 303
    • Entry 390: 463 should be 175, and 390 should be 463
    • Entry 470: 38 should be 378

Nomenclature

Names in Other Regions
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ゼルダの伝説 - 神々のトライフォース (Zelda no Densetsu - Kamigami no Toraifōsu) The Legend of Zelda - Triforce of the Gods

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References

  1. A Link to the Past (Gamebook), Futabasha, pg. Dust jacket
  2. "ゼルダの伝説 - 神々のトライフォース" (A Link to the Past (Gamebook), Futubasha, pg. Cover)