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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 new dungeons. All 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 1-9
  • 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.

Patching

Use the online patcher at romhacking.net (or the patcher of your choice) to apply the ips patch to the PRG0 version of The Legend of Zelda. The rom should NOT be PRG1, Rev A, etc. Verify against the hashes below when in doubt or use the Patch Online Now link.

Optional Patches

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

  • full_health.ips - Start the game and continue with full health.
  • remove_automap.ips - Apply this before Infinite Hyrule. Or if you prefer the nostalgia of drawing your own map with pencil and paper.
  • reveal_secrets.ips - Provides subtle graphical cues for bombable walls and burnable bushes.
  • reveal_level_9.ips - If you’ve tried everything and still can’t find level 9.
  • start_with_sword.ips - Hate starting with the boomerang? This is your patch.

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)(PRG0)
  • 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 hack, but...

Reviewed By: Brianashton80 on 04 Apr 2021

Complaints about starting with the boomerang are dumb. This is great, as I have grown accustomed to playing LOZ without getting the wooden sword anyway. Being able to kill enemies with the boomerang is a plus, and probably too easy if you use rapid fire. Herd the mob, and you can knock out the whole gang with a boomerang.

Tracking down the new locations for shops, rupees, heart containers, and dungeons was fun, but where the heck is 9? The clue for Lost Woods/Lost Hills makes no sense. I figured out Lost Hills after an hour of trying different combos of paths. Never figured the woods out. I noticed a strange thing happening in the far upper left corner of the map, where about 5 tiles over, things seems misaligned and no weapons seem to work. I tried the ocarina, bombs, fire, throwing boomerangs, arrows, and swords at it, nothing. What gives? I’ll keep playing till I figure out. Unless someone wants to give a clue to the clue. What’s missing?

Version 2.5 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommend
I really enjoyed this game!Venkman72824 Oct 20212.8Yes
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