A Link to the Past Version Guide

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Version Differences

The SNES version of the game had three different versions: v1.0, v1.1, and v1.2.
Japan had v1.0 and v1.1. USA and PAL copies may have been built off of v1.1 while fixing some more glitches making it v1.2.

Gameboy has only one version released, and it's just a v1.0 for all JPN, PAL, and USA copies.

Glitch Header Key

1.0 is version 1.0 on the SNES. (JPN)
1.1 is version 1.1 on the SNES. (JPN)
1.2 is version 1.2 on the SNES. (USA/PAL)
GBA is the GBA version.

General Differences

Here's a list of general in-game differences between the SNES and GBA versions of "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past".

Screen Resolution 256 × 224 240 × 160
Sleep Option Not present Present: press L + R + Select to wake up
Triforce opening May not skip: Screen flashes many colors May skip: Screen flashes white
Introductory Story Plays during attract mode: May skip Plays during a new game: May not skip
Dungeon Names Not displayed Displayed upon entry
Item Menu Every Bottle shares one position
Bottle contents displayed in sub-menu
Items highlight by a green circle
Each Bottle has its own position
The Shovel takes the Bottle's old position
Items highlighted by a green parenthesis
Secondary Item Indicator Next to Magic Meter Next to Heart Meter
Maiden text Scrolls Erases
Starting a saved game May start in the Mountain Cave
May not start where you last saved
May not start in the Mountain Cave
May start from the last save location
Stones and Skulls Only the normal variety Sparkling stones and skulls can be found
Striking sparkling stones will create Rupees and supplies
Striking sparkling skulls will create lit bombs
Spin Slash Destroys 8 tiles around the center, but not the center Destroys 9 tiles, including the center
Diving Unavailable May now dive underwater briefly
Ending Triforce Speech May not speed up text Text may be sped up
Pyramid of Power No hole on the east side A new hole on the east side leads to a new dungeon if properly unlocked
Riddle Quest Unavailable A third lumberjack, Q. Bumpkin, has been added
A "?" can be found in the Item Menu, next to the Piece of Heart chart

Link's voice Unavailable The voice of Young Link from Ocarina of Time can be heard during certain actions
Chopping down a sign Unavailable Newly added sound and graphics
Dropped Bombs and Blocks Silent Bombs and Blocks make noise if they fall down a hole
Walking through Misery Mire Unique footsteps sound Same as water footsteps sound
Selection Screen Link is inanimate Link is running
Super Bomb No animation The bomb pulsates while being dragged or set
Maximum Rupee/Bombs/Arrow Text remains white Text turns yellow
Faerie Queens Items thrown in remains stationary Items thrown in bob up and down
Health Meter The text "- Life -" is visible above the hearts No text is present above the hearts
West of the Dark Palace Grass is formed in the shape of an arrow pointing to the skulls where you must use your Hookshot A small broken bridge extends across the water to help you see the skulls on the other side
Witch's assistant Assistant wears a hooded cloak Looks like Maple from Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons
Struck enemies Flash a variety of colors Flash gray

Swords May not pick up any items
May not chop down signs
May pick up items by swinging your sword
Master Sword and above may chop down signs
Swords May not break pots/skulls Only a Level 4 sword may break pots/skulls
Lamp May not damage an enemy May damage an enemy
Boomerang May not cut down signs, grass, or bushes The Boomerang may cut down signs
The Magic Boomerang will cut down signs, grass, and bushes
Arrows May not break anything Wooden arrows can break one pot/skull
Silver arrows can break an entire row
Magic Powder No effect on pots/skulls Destroys pots/skulls
Magic Hammer May not destroy stones, skulls, or bushes May destroy bushes, as well as light colored stones and skulls
Shovel May only shovel left or right
Replaced by the Flute once you find it
May shovel up or down as well
You keep the Shovel after you find the Flute
Flute No new landing points may be added After opening the warp to Turtle Rock, you may choose to land there
Fire Rod Does not burn bushes May burn an entire row of bushes
Collecting Magic Items No effect Refills your magic meter

Desert of Mystery Original frequency and speed More numerous and faster
Dark Palace Kodongos' fire is visible in the darkness Kodongos' fire is only visible in the light of your lamp.
Ice Palace You may collect the Cane of Somaria early, and use it to complete the Ice Palace puzzle quickly You may not use the Cane of Somaria to complete the Ice Palace puzzle as the rooms have been changed
Turtle Rock Heart Piece The enemies in the cave are Goriyas The enemies in the cave are Eyegores
Like-Likes Not present Present near the Dark World Shield Shop

Special bee Good Bee Golden Bee
Fairies Faerie Fairy
Dash item Pegasus Boots Pegasus Shoes

Faerie music First four chords play every time the Faerie appears First four chords only play the first time the Faerie appears
Lamp light cone Cone is visible until one torch is lit Cone is visible even after a torch is lit
Land Mines Dashing over a mine detonates them Dashing over a mine does not detonate them
Bunny beams When turned into a bunny, you have a green tunic regardless of armor color When turned into a bunny, the color of your tunic matches your armor.
Bombing walls After the bomb explodes, dust falls from the hole No dust falls from the hole
Red Rupee giving trees You may collect the Rupee every time you save, reset, and continue You may only collect the Rupee once per save file
Golden Bee Must be captured from the Ice Cave east of Lake Hylia May also be purchased from a brand new shop in the Village of Outcasts
Dark World Shop The shop west of the Pyramid of Power sells a Red Shield, a Bee, and 10 Arrows The shop west of the Pyramid of Power sells a Blue Shield, a Red Shield, and the Mirror Shield, but only if the Mirror Shield was obtained and lost
Angry Dark World Trees They spit out a bomb the first time you touch them, then you may talk to them You may talk to them, and then they spit out a bomb
Defeated Zora items Bombs from defeated Zoras sink into the water Bombs from defeated Zoras float above the water
Fairy appearance Original rate Increased frequency
Hyrule Cemetery May not jump down over any stones May jump down over stones on either side of Magic Cave grave
Treasure Field Heart Piece Must leave the screen and return to a reset treasure field before trying again May jump over the fence on the right side, and walk back to try the game again, leaving all of the holes you already tried
Chris Houlihan Room A telepathic tile tells you about the room
Various methods to reach it
The telepathic tile is removed and the room is called "Top Secret Room"
No available way to reach it without using an emulator/GameShark

Sources: Strategy Wiki

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