Retro Gaming: Game Boy’s ‘The Frog for Whom the Bell Tolls’


One of my recent posts on the last great age of 2D gaming put me in a mood to revisit the tragically poorly served classic Link’s Awakening. I’m still savoring this playthrough, so a full review will have to wait.


In the meantime, here’s an intriguing tidbit from retro gaming history brought to my attention by a fellow retrogamer friend.


Folks in the classic gaming scene may be aware of Zelda 4’s origins as a planned Game Boy port of Zelda 3, but not even I knew about its hidden predecessor The Frog for Whom the Bell Tolls.


Link's Awakening's Hidden Predecessor - The Frog for Whom the Bell Tolls


Watch this video to learn the full secret history behind Link’s Awakening:


Link's Awakening's Hidden Predecessor - The Frog for Whom the Bell Tolls



And please check out Combat Frame XSeed: Classified Intel to learn the secret history of my hit mecha thriller series

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