Random: A Novelisation For Zelda: A Link to the Past had a very different name for Link

Link to past novel
Picture: @HistoryofHyrule

The Legend of Zelda Franchise has seen its fair share of adjustments over the years. One of the most famous (and one of the few still in print today) is the manga adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

In lesser-known circles, the game also received a novelization in Japan by author Katsuyuki Ozaki. It was part of the Futabasha Fantasy Novel Series and took some liberties with some of the more familiar aspects of the franchise. You can view the full novel at the Internet Archive, but keep in mind that most of the book is in Japanese text.

As reported by the Twitter account and the original uploader @HistoryofHyrule Via the History of Hyrule website, the novel had a very different name for Link. Are you ready for this..?


Yes, see for yourself if you don’t believe us.

It doesn’t sound quite like “Link,” does it? “The hero of Hyrule, Paul…” yeah no We’re not sure why the author chose that particular name, but we’re just going to assume it sounded the most appealing.

Still, we love seeing little nuggets of history like this, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on what else pops up on the History of Hyrule website.

Be sure to let us know if you own any unique historical pieces from The Legend of Zelda franchise. Have you encountered anything strange or alien? Leave a comment below! Random: A Novelisation For Zelda: A Link to the Past had a very different name for Link

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