The Art of Video Games: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past” Exhibition Video

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  • NARRATOR: “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past” was the third installment in the Zelda series by Shigeru Miyamoto. The advanced technology of the Super NES allowed the designers to use expressive graphics, employ advanced mechanics, and introduce new concepts. Players gained more control over the main character, Link. Now he could walk diagonally, run, and swing his sword sideways as well as forward.

    Link’s world was bigger and far more complex, with numerous multi-level dungeons, and an alternate, or parallel world for him to explore. In “A Link to the Past,” Nintendo established an iconic style for the characters and environments that appeared in all subsequent Zelda games.

    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Nintendo of America, Inc. This video is one of 80 displayed in The Art of Video Games exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.