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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

Eh.

Reviewed By: gravitygoesup1 on 14 Oct 2020

I wrote a review of this hack that was kind of harsh, but it was for an earlier version (2.1). I saw that the new version was 2.3, and I decided to give it another chance because there’s probably stuff that’s been tweaked.

Upon starting the game, I again noticed how nice the game looks. The sprites and tiles are done really well and it feels like a Zelda game. The animations are fine as well. The color changes make it easier on the eyes and give the world a more natural feel.

But there was still the issue of starting with the boomerang. Like I said before, I don’t feel like smashing the attack button a thousand times to kill stuff. There is no difference to the start of the game other than this simple switch, but I wasn’t surprised there. The boomerang does 1/4 the damage of the sword, so 1-hit enemies take 4 hits and 4 hit enemies take 16 hits. That means if there’s six blue archer dogs on the screen, you have to press the attack button 96 times in order to kill all of them. Nice.

Since I didn’t feel like grinding through this again and dying over and over, I put it down. I enjoy challenge, but playing it made me physically fatigued, and I’d like to kill the enemies and move on to the next screen rather than waste time spamming B.

If you want a challenge, this is the game for you. I wouldn’t recommend it for most people because of the simple reason that it’s just a grind to get items and rupees…the boomerang makes the time to kill enemies much longer.

Version 2.3 Recommended - No

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