The Legends of Zelda: Parallel Worlds
The Legend of Zelda: Parallel Worlds is a fan overhaul of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past using new graphics, new music, a new overworld and underworld, and a new storyline. It is for the SNES. As of 2008, the game has been in production for 4-5 years and has had a demo release, a 1.0 release and a 1.1 patch to fix many bugs as well as minor changes in dialogue. A 2.0 release is planned and has been officially announced. This overhaul is infamous for its high level of difficulty.
Parallel Worlds was originally released by an editor by the name of Euclid as a short demo around 2004 under the name The Tower of the Triforce. The setup and story are essentially the same but the game still used the original SNES graphics, though altered slightly to change Link's outfit and hair color. Other than graphics, the other thing that is drastically different from the official release is the map layout which was by the end completely overhauled.
Version 1.0 was released on December 31, 2006, and has become known as one of the hardest fan games in existence around internet forums. This release expands on the original demo with new graphics, sound, enemies, dungeons and quests. In addition to these changes, a lineup addition of another editor by the name of SePH contributed heavily to dungeon and underworld design. According to Euclid's blog, "[you] can think of this current version as open beta... if you want."
Version 1.1 is the most current version of the game. This patch fixed many of the bugs and spelling errors in the original 1.0 release. Overall, not much is changed other than minor things.
On May 16, 2008 Version 1.0 was "injected" into the Wii's Virtual Console release of "Donkey Kong Country 2" and released as a ".WAD" file. This allowed the game to be playable on the Wii's Virtual Console on modded Wiis playable with the Classic or Gamecube controllers.
Version 2.0 has been in discussion for at least a year or more as of 2008. Only minor details are currently known:
SePH is completely redoing underworld and dungeons - partly for aesthetic reasons and partly to change their difficulty.
Euclid has said that in the 2.0 version the Guardhouse will be made easier due to the number of complaints about the sheer difficulty of this first level.
In 2012, a new version of the hack was released by PuzzleDude, named Parallel Remodel, that lowered the difficulty and minimized the backtracking. This was in response to criticisms made about the original hack.
Information about the Original Game.
Release: November 21, 1991
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Title: The Legends of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Information about the Mod.
Developer: Euclid, SePH
Release Date: December 31, 2006
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