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The Legend of Zelda - DX

Hack of The Legend of Zelda


This hack improves all of the graphics in the entire game and also adds some asm work to this great original title. This hack utilizes not only some of the sprites from Infidelity’s “Zelda - Legend of Link” hack but also Snarfblam’s Automap Plus. This adds a map to the overworld that is revealed as the player explores. Also the heart meter is drawn in 1/8 heart increments, and potions and fairies refill life faster.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Country: USA
  • Filename: Legend of Zelda, The (USA).nes
  • CRC32: D7AE93DF
  • MD5: 337BD6F1A1163DF31BF2633665589AB0
  • SHA-1: DAB79C84934F9AA5DB4E7DAD390E5D0C12443FA2



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ContributorType of contributionListed credit
snarfblamOriginal HackingUse of "Automap Plus" patch
Thanatos-ZeroOriginal WorkGraphics & Sprites from "Zelda - The Legend of Link" hack

User Review Information

Close to good

Reviewed By: pocket on 09 Jan 2018

This is a very good looking hack, out of all the “graphical improvement hacks” I’ve seen for Zelda 1, this is probably the only one that I think is worth anything.

However, there is one major problem that bugs me about it, and that would be the grass pattern that just checkerboards the entire overworld… it doesn’t look good imo. I know it was done to give the game a more Link’s Awakening aesthetic, but it doesn’t work here. If it was spread around in patches, like in LA, I think it would work, but not the way it’s done in this game.

Also, I don’t care for the minotaur type enemies replacing Moblins.

But if you are looking for a Zelda 1 graphical enhancement, you could do worse than this one, but until someone else gives it a shot, you can’t do better.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Has much potential, but needs some adjustmentsM00nMayn21 Apr 20221.0No
Close to goodpocket09 Jan 20181.0Yes
SO Much Better!Animation Guru14 Apr 20161.0Yes
Fun graphic upgrade!lexluthermiester05 Dec 20151.0Yes