Zelda - The Legend of Link
Hack of The Legend of Zelda
Zelda - The Legend of Link
Hack of The Legend of Zelda
|Patching Information||No Special Requirements|
|Hack Release Date||23 October 2017|
|Last Modified||25 October 2017|
Various ancient legends have been recorded of a young boy clothed in green, wielding the mythical master sword, sealing away all evil throughout the land. His ventures, passed down through generations have become legend. The hero of legend, had many different forms. He saved many kingdoms, restoring peace in all the lands. This is but one of the legends, of which the people speak…
Here is a ROM hack for the Legend of Zelda which has had many hours put into it (just shy of 3 years), ASM and coding changes, and graphics overhauls. New items have replaced the old ones in the original game and new concepts have been used in the game such as pitfalls, dash boots, the use of the hammer, and many more changes have been added to give the game a much new feel to it. Also the inclusion of the Capcom sound engine is another welcome change that has been added to the game.
For more details on the patch and how the project progressed over time please visit this site to take a look at how it started and how it came to its closing end.
Please use the PRG0 version of the ROM otherwise the ROM will not work properly. Enjoy!
!!!!WARNING!!!! - FOR THOSE UPDATING, YOU MUST DELETE ANY PREVIOUSLY CREATED IN-GAME SAVES FROM WHICH EVER EMULATOR. THIS NEW UPDATE NEEDS TO START FRESH, SINCE THE SRAM HAS BEEN ALTERED. YOU WILL GET A GREY SCREEN UPON BOOTUP IF YOU DON’T.
Now for the rom specs
- Converted from MMC1 to MMC5
- 1MB PRG-ROM
- 1MB CHR-ROM
- 32KB SRAM
- Inserted custom MMC5 irq engine
- Installed custom modified Capcom 6C80 Sound Engine, with DPCM usage
Will this work on…? This game will NOT work on the N8 Everdrive, or PowerPak’s. The N8 Everdrive uses 512kb PRG & CHR-ROM. The author contacted the creator, but he wasn’t interested in creating a revision to his product. PowerPak’s are in the same boat. Loopy’s MMC5 patch works on MMC5 games, but, my work is too large for it to handle.
The game has been tested on the following emulators
- FCEUX PC
- Nestopia PC
- Nintendulator PC v0.975 Unofficial Release
- Nintendulator PC v0.970 Official Release
- nesDS Special Build
- Retroarch Using Nestopia Core Wii/WiiU
- (Android Users) - NESEmu
- (XBOX Users) - NestopiaX Ver 1.4 and up
There is a fast way to learn if the romhack will play perfectly on an emulator you use. Watch the intro after the title screen fades away. There is a golden scroll moving up the screen. If that scroll & text comes up garbage, then you should stop playing unfortunately. This is because the emulator you are using, is not utilizing the MMC5 register $5130 correctly. The romhack perform chr swaps for 3 specific things, the intro, a mini game, and the Ganon fight. If you continue to play the game with the garbaged gfx, it will obviously look bad, and it might even crash.
ROM / ISO Information:
- Name: Legend of Zelda, The (U) (PRG0) [!]
- Name: Legend of Zelda, The (USA)
- SHA-1: DAB79C84934F9AA5DB4E7DAD390E5D0C12443FA2
- MD5: 337BD6F1A1163DF31BF2633665589AB0
- CRC32: D7AE93DF
|Contributor||Type of contribution||Listed credit|
|infidelity||Hacking||asm, level design, music, sfx|
User Review Information
LoZ1 + Link's Awakening but not goodReviewed By: Quadal on 16 Nov 2017
This rom hack sounded interesting at first and it does do some good things but it is largely uninspired and leaves a lot to be desired. It seems to be designed to bring newer elements to the first game or maybe vice versa but both LoZ1 and Link’s Awakening alone are better than what this hack tried to do with them. If you want to see a summary of this review just check the bottom.
The overworld is one of the biggest flaws. It is basically the overworld from Link’s Awakening reversed but with everything interesting removed from it and replaced with shops that all sell the same item, the money making game, or useless caves that lead to nothing. The prime example of this poor design is right at the beginning of the hack where you have 3-4 shops all close by and the only difference between them is how much they are selling their items for.
It is also a pain to navigate the overworld. I know that some areas are blocked off by not having a certain item in Zelda games but it is cranked up to 11 in this hack. You may know where you need to go but you will have to take a very roundabout way to get there due to some of the obstacles added in this hack. There is simply no easy way to get around until you start getting more items and even then it isn’t that much better. It’s also insulting when you reach an out of the way place only to find that the cave at the end is just another shop or money making game.
The dungeons are the 2nd biggest offender in this game. The designs are ripped straight from LoZ1 so you’ll know what to expect here. Sure they added items from Link’s Awakening but the locations for things are largely the same. The bigger problem is the lamp mechanic they decided to add in this game. Every room in a dungeon is now dark. The lamp will illuminate a room but only while the button is held down. Since there are only 2 main buttons for the controls this means that you essentially will be sticking to the lamp and sword for every dungeon. Even boss rooms are dark and you need items for the bosses which means you’re fighting them in the bloody dark only able to see their shadow in the room.
Time to talk about some of the good things. The best thing that was added was the ability to select 3 items at once and swap between them using select. This means a lot less time in the menu swapping items. The spin attack is also a welcome addition. The hack doesn’t seem to have any major glitches or bugs which is nice considering it actually is quite the overhaul to the original game.
- The ability to assign 3 items at a time and swap using select.
- Addition of the spin attack.
- Seems there are no major glitches or bugs.
- Completely changes the look to Link’s Awakening for the most part
- Overworld is a reversed Link’s Awakening with everything interesting removed.
- Dungeons are perpetually dark making you have to use the lantern.
- Overworld is a pain to navigate and not fun to explore.
- Rupees seem to be more useless than ever.
- Too many shops, money making games, and useless caves.
- Too many shops, money making games, and useless caves!
- TOO many shops, money making games, and useless caves!!!
Version 10-23-2017 Recommended - No
|LoZ1 + Link's Awakening but not good||Quadal||16 Nov 2017||10-23-2017||No|
|A Must Play||Proveaux||16 Nov 2017||10-23-2017||Yes|
|Impressive, But Disappointing||Joseph Lithius||03 Oct 2016||7-18-2016||No|
|As good as a Nintendo original||mr type 4||12 Jul 2016||4.0||Yes|
|The game that non-Zelda fans can play||Sky_Yoshi||27 Dec 2015||4.0||Yes|
|You are better off playing Link's Awakening||Thanatos-Zero||17 Oct 2015||4.0||No|
|This is one every Zelda fan should give a play.||Celdia||27 Apr 2015||4.0||Yes|
|Exceptionally Wonderful Hack!||lexluthermiester||20 Oct 2016||7-18-2016||Yes|
|AMAZING||SirRob||25 Sep 2014||N/A||Yes|
|Play this. Right now. Stop whatever you're doing.||eric.of.troy||16 Sep 2014||N/A||Yes|
|Best hack of all time||8-bitBishop||12 Sep 2014||N/A||Yes|
|New Zelda Game||cthomask73||10 Sep 2014||N/A||Yes|
|Complete Zeldagasm||Chris Miller||06 Sep 2014||N/A||Yes|