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The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Dungeon

Hack of The Legend of Zelda


The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Dungeon is a completely new way to play the original The Legend of Zelda on NES. This romhack makes The Legend of Zelda play like a roguelike. Venture through a randomized, ever-changing dungeon with progressive difficulty the further you go. Collect classic items and upgrades, and battle familiar foes throughout your journey. Every playthrough is different. Ganon is lurking deep within the dungeon, but beware, for if you perish, you’ll have to start all over from the beginning. Are you up to the challenge?

Features include:

  • Roguelike Gameplay: Every playthrough is different and it is all included directly in the ROM file. No external randomization programs needed, just load and play!
  • Dynamic Enemy Loading: Normally the overworld and each dungeon has a specific set of enemies available. In Ancient Dungeon, new enemies are loaded dynamically during every room transition. This means there are no restrictions in the combinations of enemies you may encounter in the dungeon.
  • Additional Item Abilities: Some special items, like the raft, have no use in the dungeons and are not included in this hack. However the items that are included may have some additional utility in this romhack. For example, the stepladder still lets you walk on water spaces, and in this romhack it also adds extra rooms to the pool of available rooms. There may even be some secret features out there for you to discover!
  • Other Secrets: Only the most intrepid explorers will uncover further mysteries the Ancient Dungeon has to offer!
  • In-game Timer: A built-in timer keeps track of your runtime and is shown at the end of every run, win or lose.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Legend of Zelda, The (USA) (Rev 1)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20210216-231042)
  • File SHA-1: 3701381A82FC7D52B2DD3E8892047B30A114AB43
  • File CRC32: 2BB0C56
  • ROM SHA-1: BE2F5DC8C5BA8EC1A344A71F9FB204750AF24FE7
  • ROM CRC32: EAF7ED72



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User Review Information

Very cool hack, but bring back start menu

Reviewed By: Blazing on 20 Jan 2023

This hack is really fun and challenging, but the item cycling is actually worse than the start menu. It only cycles in one direction (since L and R don’t exist on NES) and also forces me to remove my thump off the d-pad to hit select. I think the start menu should be brought back with the added QOL of making it either scroll faster or just pop up immediately. Other than that, great hack.

Version 1.1 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Very cool hack, but bring back start menuBlazing20 Jan 20231.1Yes
Definitely worth playing...SuperPaladinTV22 Dec 20221.0Yes
The most addicting hack I've ever played!ImNotAnEggplant14 Dec 20221.0Yes
This is Most GangstaGoogie14 Dec 20221.0Yes
Fun ideaKevvyLava13 Dec 20221.0Yes
An awesome idea!eleventhirtyfour13 Dec 20221.0Yes
The Binding of ZeldaeeHeeY13 Dec 20221.0Yes
Room 255WebSlinger13 Dec 20221.0Yes
This Is Excellent!GamingWithDrew12 Dec 20221.0Yes
The Start of Something Good!Binarynova12 Dec 20221.0Yes
Straight to the Retro Zelda ActionZetawilk11 Dec 20221.0Yes