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

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

You might want to play this Ganonymously.

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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Tom Orry

Audience Development Manager, Gamer Network

Tom started life on a circus in Australia before his family moved to the UK. His love of gaming started soon after, which essentially meant he bought every video game magazine available and worked numerous part-time jobs as a child in order to afford costly N64 games. He created UK site VideoGamer.com, of which he was the Editor for over a decade. He now doesn't like circuses.

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