With the re-release of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask on the 3DS, a new generation of gamers is getting the chance to experience the N64 classics for the first time. While these are great games in their own right, some of the 2D classics have, in recent years, been sadly overlooked. Here are a few reasons to dust off your old systems, or make an investment in your virtual console assuming that you have a more recent Nintendo system.
A Link To The Past
Largely considered one of the best top-down 2D games of all time, the SNES game, A Link To The Past, is also widely considered to be one of the best Zelda games. Many of the weapons and mechanics that would make their way into later Zelda titles, such as the Master Sword, and alternate dimensions find their origins in this game. The soundtrack was also revolutionary for the time and many of the themes written by Koji Kondo have lived on the titles since. At 25 years, the game has thankfully never been remade, and is still easy to access on the virtual console.
Released two years after A Link to the Past, Link’s Awakening showed that the Game Boy was capable of a deep adventure game that could be just as immersive as its console counterparts. Featuring one of the more interesting stories in the series, the game finds Link stranded on an island after a shipwreck, however, not everything is as it seems. In the interest of not spreading any 20-year-old spoilers, we won’t give away the twist, but there definitely is one. Also, a color DX version was released in 1998 with some additional features.
Oracle of the Ages/Seasons
One of the last games released on the Game Boy Color, this technically is one game, though the player had to buy both cartridges to fight the final boss. The extra expense is ultimately worth it, as both parts of the quest are immersive and enjoyable experiences in their own right. The game also rewards players who play it on the Game Boy Advance, with extra features and areas available to them.