The Legend of Zelda Triforce of the Gods

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is one of the most well-received games ever made.  It really started to define the lore found within the Zelda universe as well.    The game set the standard in action RPGs for great music, perfect pacing, and fantastic level design.  Many gamers have incredibly fond memories of A Link to the Past as it was one of the first games many of them played.  What's interesting, however is that the Japanese and North American versions have some crucial differences.

For starters, the Japanese name for the game (Zelda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Triforce) translate into English as The Legend of Zelda: Triforce of the Gods.  In it, the evil wizard Agahnim is actually a wicked priest.  Likewise, the sage who watches over sanctuary in the North American version is a priest watching over a church in the Japanese version.

Agahnim from A Link to the Past.  zeldawiki.org

Agahnim from A Link to the Past.  zeldawiki.org

"Forgive me father for I have--Ahhhhhhh!"

These changes were likely a result of Nintendo of America's strict policy on having no religious iconography in their games.  In fact, they were so strict, that the Book of Mudora's ancient Egyptian symbols were changed to squiggles, because, you know you wouldn't want to offend anybody who still worships Ra.  

Ra from smitefire.com

Ra from smitefire.com

I will say  I can see why people used to worship him...he's just so epic!

I can understand their policy, but what happened with Ocarina of Time?  Did they just say "screw it, we'll throw a Muslim prayer in the Fire Temple music and have the Crecsent and Star on everything?" Seriously, watch this video, it will show you what I'm talking about!  Of course, in the end Nintendo went back and replaced the music for the Fire Temple and the iconography with a new symbol.  It's just weird, how they got through so many religious references in the first place when the game's predecessor wasn't even allowed to have symbols from an ancient religion that nobody really practices anymore.

Also, here is one last little nugget regarding A Link to the Past:  Long before Hyrule Historia established the utterly confusing and possibly just randomly thrown together timeline for the Zelda universe, zelda.com (the series official website) stated that A Link to the Past was a sequel to Majora's Mask, and that it detailed Link's return from Termina.  What was just a few days for Link was centuries for Hyrule.