Random: Zelda fans discover a link to original dungeon designs of the past in proto data

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When it comes to rock-cold classics A path to the past, we have to ask how much content is actually possible that we don’t know yet? The answer, it seems, is actually quite a lot.

Recently, a Zelda fan named @Dark_Linkael worked their way through prototype data for this classic series entry, and the project made a ton of interesting discoveries from the original vignettes to the collectible Triforce. But perhaps the biggest find (at least physically) is their work in putting together all of the game’s original interior room designs – dungeons and all.

While the layout can be a bit confusing at first (it’s like a god’s eye puzzle at first glance), another conservationist, @MrTalida, put the original and final designs together in a side-by-side comparison video. The results of this can be found below.

A closer examination of the proto design reveals that much of the game’s final map was changed during development. From simple things like the changed shape of the Hyrule Sanctuary in the upper left of the image to the complete remodeling of the Misery Mire and the substantial cuts made to the Ice Palace, if this initial layout allows for One thing I see, it’s that quality dungeon design takes time.

@Dark_Linkael discovered a lot of better features when searching through the game’s data, and we strongly recommend you check out their Twitter account for the full range of things discovered.

For now, at least, we guess it’s time to dive into A Link to the Past again…

What do you think of this Zelda find? Does it change your Favorite Link to a Past location? Let us know in the comments section!


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