I'm trying to decision if the SNES or GBA variation of ALttP is the critical version. Lock both have actually their pros and cons, prefer the SNES version has better sounds, graphics, and also dialogue. The GBA version has much better controls, quality of life improvements, and a much much better saving system. Ns really can't decide, and also want input from various other people.

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It's difficult to say which is the definitive version.

The GBA one has actually some QoL transforms like you said, they changed the ice royal residence slightly and gave much better translations, part dialogue has been readjusted to better fit in v the Zelda overall story and timeline. Eg. "Wise Men" become "Sages"

The GBA game also includes four Swords and also a bonus "End Game" dungeon (need to finish FS first which can be hard because of it's co-op requirement, finest to hack into the dungeon through a code)

The SNES does have some benefits though, firstly sprite size/resolution is much much better allowing you to see more of the world at once. Sound is much better quality too, a significant change is once swinging the sword in the GBA version connect does his OoT "shout". Some uncover this annoying however if you've play OoT it's really no that bad. Controlwise it's mostly the same in between the two, both beat fine.

I've play both the SNES version and the GBA variation (playing the GBA version very first time through) and I execute think the GBA variation is the definitive one. The display screen size shouldn't stroked nerves you too much unless you've played the SNES version yet even then it's not bad anyway. If you're emulating and also Link's voice clip yes, really bothers you, there's a rom hack you have the right to download to eliminate it.

It's worth pointing out a SNES Rom Hack called 'A link to the Past: Redux' (iirc), it's an overall advancement to every little thing in ALttP. It has all the changes made in the GBA variation in the SNES game (minus the FS stuff and also the Extra Dungeon) while maintaining the huge resolution. It renders some pallet changes and adds even more QoL changes.

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Though I'd recommend playing ALttP as vanilla as possible. I'd recommend this hack because that a second playthrough though.