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Easy 'ROM Hack' Version of The Legend of Zelda Added to Nintendo Switch Online NES Collection

You might want to play this Ganonymously.

News by Tom Orry, .

Nintendo Switch Online's NES library grew by four titles today. NES Open Tournament Golf, Solomon’s Key, and Super Dodgeball are all freshly available to play if you're a subscriber, but more interesting is the addition of The Legend of Zelda SP. This is essentially a Nintendo approved ROM hack version of the original that is considerably easier than the standard edition of the classic game.

What this means is that players of The Legend of Zelda SP have access to all manner of items right from the very start of the game that make the whole experience a lot easier. You are given a ton of Rupees (the game's currency), plus all items, including the White Sword and Power Bracelet. You might be wondering what the point of playing the game is if you are handed everything at the start, and you've got a point.

The Legend of Zelda is all about discovering items and getting that sense of achievement when you get that cool new gear. This will be lost with the SP version. The everything plus the kitchen sink approach to this alternative edition of The Legend of Zelda will allow more open exploration for newcomers, but it surely won't offer the same quality experience that fans love.

Anyone who completes the The Legend of Zelda SP will unlock a new more difficult version of the game, called Second Quest. Perhaps this is the start of more NES games getting the SP treatment on the Nintendo Switch Online service. It should be noted that the original version of The Legend of Zelda remains on the subscription service if you'd prefer to play that edition of the game.

If you're now in the mood for more Zelda goodness, we've got you covered. Check out our definitive list of the best zelda games.

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  • Avatar for Wellman2nd #1 Wellman2nd 6 days ago
    Would still prefer some SNES or later Nintendo consoles titles instead.
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  • Avatar for ericspratling56 #4 ericspratling56 5 days ago
    A version that'd be make more sense to me would be the opposite: don't give me as many items & power-ups, but find a way to streamline some of the more annoying dungeons. Especially the infuriating warp maze that is the final one.
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  • Avatar for moochan #5 moochan 5 days ago
    Would take more programing but I feel a better version would have just make the tiles that are bombable, movable, and burnable a different color. Since that's really the things that makes the game annoying to play for many.
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  • Avatar for Drachmalius #6 Drachmalius 5 days ago
    ...But the difficulty is why I liked the original more than Link to the Past. Ah, well to each their own. This does open the door for ROM hacks on console though, which could be interesting long term.
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  • Avatar for mganai #7 mganai 5 days ago
    Diagonal movement. That would be neat.
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  • Avatar for MetManMas #8 MetManMas 5 days ago
    I am perfectly fine with this. Nintendo knows its games are hard, and The Legend of Zelda is especially hard. This version of the game cuts out a lot of the tedious grind work a veteran player would already be doing on the overworld before entering their first dungeon.

    Maybe this ROMhack isn't for you, but for a kid or somebody else new to gaming? Starting with an edge like this could make all the difference.
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