I kicked off a long-overdue replay of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past today while waiting for my coworker’s wedding ceremony to begin. (It’s the Super NES’s anniversary next month, don’t you know.) I haven’t touched the game in about a decade, so I was a little surprised to realize just how uncharacteristically dark the plot line is for a Nintendo game.
See there? That’s Zelda’s dad sitting on the throne as a totally dead skeleton. Holy crap! A few seconds later, an innocent young maiden is zapped by magic to death, or something. I guess you can get away with quite a bit when you present it in a totally matter-of-fact manner with charmingly chubby graphics.