But it is not just the music that can be found in later games in the franchise. When you look at the 'Zelda' series as a whole it's amazing just how many echoes of 'A Link to the Past' there are. This was the first game to include heart pieces, it was the first to have bosses that could only be beaten by using the most recently procured item. For the first time the games protagonist Link could walk in diagonals and he had even leant to run. Items that are now common place in the series also have their origin in the Snes 'Zelda' game; the hook shot and bottles made their debut as did the Master Sword with the ability to perform different sword attacks.
“I’ve never been able tell the best story in the games I’ve made [on the NES]" he once claimed. "The stories of [8bit] Mario and Zelda titles have always been supplemental to the actual gameplay. But Action games should have stories attached to make the experience more interesting." The instruction manual may have expanded the story in the original 'The Legend of Zelda' but for Miyamoto this simply wasn't good enough. "A player should know the world, know the characters, know the story as they play not have to find the background motivation in the game's literature. I actually really dislike taking control away from the player and telling them the story. I want to do everything I can to ensure they feel like they’re in control, that they are making [the story] not being told it. I want to let players enter the castle themselves, if possible. I want them to be [in] the story". For series producer Miyamoto, it wasn’t until ‘A Link to the Past’ that story telling while playing the game possible. For the first time, the story evolved within the game and it grew while the player explored.
In the closing credits of 'A Link to The Past' we witness the last stage in "The Hero's Journey", known as the RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR. The Hero returns home bearing a treasure that has the power to transform the world, in the same way that he has been transformed. You could jump to the conclusion that this treasure is the restored Triforce. This is afterall a power so great that it can turn the Dark World back into The Golden Land and bring the Loyal Sage and the Flute child back to life.