The Legend of Zelda is a series of video games created by Shigeru Miyamoto in 1986, with the first game in the series, The Legend of Zelda. The adventures follow protagonist Link as he saves the land of Hyrule (or, in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Termina also in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Lorule), rescues the Princess Zelda, and follows numerous other plots. The series also revolves around a main plot of getting a sacred treasure called the Triforce, which can grant unlimited wishes. The gameplay consists of a mixture of action, adventure, role-playing, puzzle-solving, and occasional platforming and racing elements. The series is known for its beautiful and inspiring settings, creative gameplay, interesting characters, stirring original music, and high overall production values.
A Link to the Past 's plot focuses on Link as he travels on a journey to save Hyrule, defeat Ganon and rescue the seven descendants of the Sages. A Link to the Past uses a top-down perspective similar to that of the original The Legend of Zelda. It added mechanics and concepts to the series that have become commonplace, including multi-level dungeons and new equipment (such as the hookshot and the Pegasus Boots). It was well-received since its release, and has been listed by GameSpot as one of the best installments of the series, as well as one of the greatest games of all time. To date, A Link to the Past has sold more than four million copies, and has been re-released for the Game Boy Advance and the Wii's Virtual Console.