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Zelda - The Legend of Link

Hack of The Legend of Zelda


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!


Now for the rom specs

  • Converted from MMC1 to MMC5
  • 32KB SRAM
  • Inserted custom MMC5 irq engine
  • Installed custom modified Capcom 6C80 Sound Engine, with DPCM usage

Will this work on…? As of January 2020, this will work on krikzz’s N8 Pro Everdrive

The game has been tested on the following emulators

  • 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)
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  • SHA-1: DAB79C84934F9AA5DB4E7DAD390E5D0C12443FA2
  • MD5: 337BD6F1A1163DF31BF2633665589AB0
  • CRC32: D7AE93DF




ContributorType of contributionListed credit
infidelityHackingasm, level design, music, sfx

User Review Information

LoZ1 + Link's Awakening but not good

Reviewed By: Quadal on 15 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

User Reviews
Seriously, the sheer marvel...hmsong22 Jan 202203-12-2020Yes
This technical marvel really suffers in the early gamebrianoblivion25 Sep 202003-12-2020Yes
Not fun, seriously overrated.ifightdragons09 Jan 202012-23-2018No
Overcooked and boringKevvyLava20 Jun 201912-23-2018No
Overrated and disappointingazeryn16 Jun 201912-23-2018No
One of the best Zelda Nes HacksMAOT66601 Jun 20197-18-2016Yes
Technical Masterpiece, but so much wasted potentialThe3Dude10 May 201912-23-2018No
Grew on Me to the Point of Greatnessfiredropdl19 Nov 201810-23-2017Yes
Infidelity would have been better off remaking Zelda 1pocket03 Feb 201810-23-2017No
LoZ1 + Link's Awakening but not goodQuadal15 Nov 201710-23-2017No
A Must PlayProveaux16 Nov 201710-23-2017Yes
Impressive, But DisappointingJosephine Lithius03 Oct 20167-18-2016No
As good as a Nintendo originalmr type 412 Jul 20164.0Yes
The game that non-Zelda fans can playSky_Yoshi26 Dec 20154.0Yes
You are better off playing Link's AwakeningThanatos-Zero17 Oct 20154.0No
This is one every Zelda fan should give a play.Celdia26 Apr 20154.0Yes
Exceptionally Wonderful Hack!lexluthermiester20 Oct 20167-18-2016Yes
AMAZINGSirRob25 Sep 2014N/AYes
Play this. Right now. Stop whatever you're doing.eric.of.troy16 Sep 2014N/AYes
Best hack of all time8-bitBishop11 Sep 2014N/AYes
New Zelda Gamecthomask7310 Sep 2014N/AYes
Complete ZeldagasmChris Miller06 Sep 2014N/AYes