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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 (very) 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

Links:

Screenshots:


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Credits:

Credits
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User Review Information

I really enjoyed this game!

Reviewed By: Venkman728 on 24 Oct 2021

This hack was exactly what I wanted. After finishing the first quest today, I felt compelled to write a positive review. The first quest is about the same level of difficulty as the original. The overworld is familiar, but everything is shuffled around a bit. Basically, it scratches the nostalgia itch and also makes the player think a little to figure out the game. Levels 1-8 are all original, and 9 is the same as the original game. The visual upgrade is a welcome change; it’s obvious the creator put some work into this hack. The other tweaks are a welcome change, too. The select button changes your B item, and Likelikes eat rupees instead of shields. The only things that totally stumped me were the Lost Hills clue and the entrance to level 9. Give this hack a shot; it’s a great way to enjoy a classic in a fresh way.

Version 2.8 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommend
Excellent and original hack of Zelda 1dreamvast05 Jan 20233.1Yes
Fresh new must playmarkandmatt15 Nov 20223.0Yes
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