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Zelda Parallel Worlds 10-Year Anniversary Update

01 January 2017 11:57PM EST - Update by qwertymodo

ROM Hacks News - RHDN Project Page

Love it or hate it, you’ve probably heard of it. Parallel Worlds is by far the most popular full-game hack of A Link to the Past released to date. Today, in honor of the 10-year anniversary of its original release, the hack has been updated to add several new gameplay mechanics, and to attempt to address many of its long-standing issues.

Some of the new features include:

  • Full CD-quality soundtrack via MSU-1 audio support
  • Stun enemies by hitting them with your bare fist (no sword)
  • Upgraded AST-Style Pegasus Boots
  • Break pots and collect items with the sword
  • Shovel is now usable, with random treasures
  • Loading your game starts with full health instead of half
  • Able to save the game at any time, no need to get the sword first
  • Backtracking from the top of the Parallel Tower is possible (eliminates an extra climb for the Kokiri Emerald)
  • Bomb knockback no longer damages Link

Additionally, many existing bugs were fixed:

  • Title screen graphical glitch on real hardware fixed
  • You can collect both boomerangs
  • You can collect the second Mushroom even with Magic Powder in your inventory
  • Mothula has been fixed
  • Game crashing door in Blind’s room has been closed
  • Infinite scroll glitch outside Icy World Church has been blocked
  • Impa’s Ways crystal glitch is fixed
  • Various buggy interior doors fixed
  • Various overworld exit coordinates fixed
  • Palette glitch with the bunny sprite in the Parallel Tower fixed
  • Hylian shield overworld palette improved (when stolen by Pikit)
  • Various typos fixed

This update does not modify the dungeon designs, except very minor edits such as the previously mentioned backtracking in the Parallel Tower. In the near future, PuzzleDude’s Parallel Remodel will also be updated with these new features, if that’s more to your liking. However, the new gameplay mechanics make quite a significant difference to the difficulty curve, so if you have tried the game before and found it to be too hard, you might find the new update to be more reasonable in that regard.

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