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The Legend of Zelda: A New Light

Hack of The Legend of Zelda

Description:

This hack provides a new quest for the Legend of Zelda (NES). It changes many parts of the game while staying true to the original. It features brand new graphics and redesigned dungeons. Level entrances have been relocated. Secrets in the overworld are moved and there are many overworld surprises. A list of notable changes is as follows:

  • New graphics for link, items, enemies, terrain, etc.
  • New dungeons for levels 1-8
  • New dungeon music
  • All level entrances have been relocated
  • Most overworld secrets are relocated
  • Change lost woods path and clue
  • Change lost hills location, path and clue
  • Like-likes eat rupees instead of Magical Shield
  • Many overworld tweaks and surprises
  • Automap patch is applied (without hearts mod)
  • Select button changes “B” item (and no longer pauses)
  • Press Up+A to save from HUD
  • Fix wand melee bug (see Youtube Behind the Code)
  • Several refinements to the select/register/delete screens
  • New sword on title screen and a new subtitle
  • New in-game text (which is also sped up)
  • Changed low hearts sound effect
  • Changed story text
  • Changed font

Please PM gzip with any glitches or other feedback.

Optional Patches

Optional patches are located under the ./optional folder. They should be applied after the main patch. The following optional patches are available:

  • start_with_sword.ips - Hate starting with the boomerang? This is your patch.
  • remove_automap.ips - Apply this before Infinite Hyrule. Or if you prefer the nostalgia of drawing your own map with pencil and paper.

Credits

This hack was made using YY-Chr to edit graphics, WindHex32 and HxD for hex editing, Zelda Tech for overworld editing, and Dungeon Master for dungeon editing.

Thanks to GameMakr24, ShadowOne333, snarfblam, Thanatos-Zero, The3Dude, and Trax for all their hard work which makes this possible.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Legend of Zelda, The (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20180803-121122)
  • File SHA-1: DAB79C84934F9AA5DB4E7DAD390E5D0C12443FA2
  • File CRC32: D7AE93DF
  • ROM SHA-1: A12D74C73A0481599A5D832361D168F4737BBCF6
  • ROM CRC32: 3FE272FB

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
GzipHacking

User Review Information

Great graphics and fresh starting experience

Reviewed By: AldenTapasya on 05 Apr 2020

[v1.0] The new graphics look wonderful and the automap is very useful! I also appreciate the dialogue changes, they are for the better in most cases.

However, there is one major issue: the Bow is nowhere to be found! It’s not in level 1 (where you find the sword instead, due to starting with the boomerang) and the rest of the game is the same, so it’s impossible to kill Gohma and beat the game. And yes, I have searched everywhere in level 1.

If this is fixed, I’ll be happy to recommend this romhack, because it’s a much-needed update.

[v1.1 edit] And now that the Bow has been added properly to the game, its sole glaring issue is gone! The peculiar solution of selling the Bow and Arrow in different shops allows players to assemble the weapon without needing to step into a dungeon. Between this and the Boomerang as a starting weapon, you can expect the early game to feel quite different.

Version 1.1 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
A visually and technically impressive mod.Coppermustache07 Apr 20212.5Yes
Great hack, but...Brianashton8004 Apr 20212.5Yes
Nice creativity - Never Feel Lostultimaweapon06 Oct 20202.1Yes
Amazing Hackyounes08 Sep 20202.1Yes
Eh.gravitygoesup114 Oct 20202.3No
Great graphics and fresh starting experienceAldenTapasya05 Apr 20201.1Yes