“Zelda: Parallel Worlds” (SNES Hack!!) — Volume I!

Now, I know what you might be thinking: Over four hours for just one video?! Well, you don’t need to worry too much about it, because I’ve carefully created a chapter-select menu for the video that breaks it up into for thematic segments, and I think this makes it effectively like watching a long movie. You can see it in parts and take it all in. This is a very long game, so this is a very efficient way to showcase it!

The Legend of Zelda: Parallel Worlds is a total hack of the SNES classic Zelda: A Link to the Past that was released by designers SePH and Euclid back in 2006. While certainly a good game and a very impressive hack, it wasn’t without its flaws and balance issues. Many complained that it was extremely hard to play and very frustrating without using save-states and other emulation tools. So, to correct a lot of this, PuzzleDude released an upgraded version called Zelda: Parallel Worlds Remodeled in 2012.

In this first volume, we effectively go through all of the “Light World” content through the battle with Draegor. Who’s Draegor, you ask? Well, you’ll have to watch the game’s introduction, but he was the king of Hyrule’s regent who overthrew him and became maddened with a desire to climb the Parallel Tower in search for the power of the Triforce. So, after we get through the introduction, we do a ton of exploring, clear three major dungeons, and have an epic battle that concludes with us being thrust into a darker, frozen world!

I’ve also been streaming some of Ys II: Chronicles Plus via Twitch, and will eventually have that cleaned up and presented on YouTube. Meanwhile, you can follow my Channel there and scour the archives to see whatever Ys II streams you might have missed!

Enjoy, and don’t forget to subscribe!

Jessica Brown

Retro Games and Technology Editor. She'll beat pretty much every Mega Man game without breaking a sweat.

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