In 2006 it was ranked by Nintendo Power as the best game to ever appear on a Nintendo console.The title was originally slated for the ill-fated, Japanese-only Nintendo 64DD, but was ported to a cartridge when the hardware was delayed.In addition, both this game (unchanged except for being converted into a downloadable format) and an exclusive "loosely based" sequel (which used the same game engine) called BS The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets were released on the Satellaview in Japan.On April 17, 2013, a sequel to A Link To The Past was announced for the Nintendo 3DS.The Legend of Zelda is a video game series that takes place in the fictional Kingdom of Hyrule lead by the titular Princess Zelda.The protagonist of the series is Link, a young man who is destined, in most of the games, to save Hyrule from the clutches of the evil thief Ganondorf or his alter-ego, the dark beast Ganon.Though relatively simple by today's standards, it was quite advanced for its time.Innovations include the ability to use dozens of different items, a vast world full of secrets to explore, and the cartridge's ability to save progress via battery-backed memory.
After another hiatus, the series made the transition to 3D with the installment Ocarina of Time which was released in November 1998 in Japan and the US and December 1998 in Europe.
It exchanged the top-down perspective for side-scrolling and introduced RPG elements (e.g., experience points) not found in other Zelda installments.
It is also the only Zelda title until Four Swords Adventures in which Link does not collect Rupees.
The game was wildly popular in Japan and North America, and many consider it one of the most important video games ever made.
During the last years of the Famicom the game was re-released in cartridge format.