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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

Grew on Me to the Point of Greatness

Reviewed By: firedropdl on 19 Nov 2018

This is a MUST play hack, though I wasn’t sure at first. I’ve actually played it twice this week now, due to an unfortunate glitch which I will list at the end of the review.

First, I should say that any of the negative reviews here have to be from people who wandered around aimlessly in the beginning of the game and didn’t know what to do and quit in disgust. I was one of them for quite a while, and I must admit that I almost stopped playing myself in the beginning. Once you get a few key items though, you’ll be AMAZED at the world as it starts opening up for you. This is by far the most extensive and one of the most impressive hacks I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. Just stick with it, give it some time, and you should feel the same way.

This thing hardly even resembles the original LoZ. I had no idea that hacks could be this in-depth. This isn’t your normal re-skinning hack here. It’s not a level edit either. I don’t want to put any spoilers which would help explain just how far this hack went, but I’ll mention that the very game mechanics themselves have been changed as many new items were added that have entirely new features that weren’t present in the original. Add to that an EXCELLENT soundtrack… Every dungeon and boss has different music. Most of the tunes I recognized from various entries in the LoZ series. Some of them I didn’t, but I haven’t played very many of the handheld ones or anything on the console after Link to the Past, so that’s probably where they’re from.

Now for the bad news… :(

Really, this is more of a warning than anything. There is a bug that is pretty much game breaking. If you’re playing with save states I’m sure you’ll be alright, but if you’re only relying on the in-game save, this will ruin the save if you haven’t gotten all the necessary items. I did it pretty early the first time I played and I screwed myself with it, but the second game I played from scratch it happened after I already had all the heart container pieces and all the items outside of the final dungeon and didn’t have any problems.

Very late in the game after palace 8 when I was using the Ocarina [use edited out for spoilers] the game froze on me and I reset it. After that, my save game was corrupted. I lost about an hour’s progress where I got the Hover Boots and I got the Master Sword tempered. Upon loading the save, both the chest was already open and the old man was already gone, but I didn’t yet have the items. Also, other weird stuff happened like a treasure box in the lower lefthand corner of the map would keep re-closing so you could pick up an additional heart container piece (one time a cave even opened up here where a “take any” situation offered me another heart container piece… something that to my knowledge never happens anywhere else in the game).

On my second playthrough after I got everything I tried to make it happen again. I’m not sure if it happens in any other screen, but I can say for a fact that if you use the Ocarina in B2 it will cause the glitch every single time. I did it several more times to make sure.

I do hope that Infidelity can replicate this glitch and figure out a way to patch it, because otherwise this hack has achieved greatness and should be something to be admired by everyone in the romhacking community.

Thanks for all the years you’ve put into this game Infidelity. And than you for sharing it with the world.

Version 10-23-2017 Recommended - Yes

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