Nintendo Switch Online’s latest batch of NES games have arrived, but along with them came a game no one was expecting.
Alongside Solomon’s Key, Super Dodge Ball, and NES Open Tournament Golf, a special version of The Legend of Zelda was added and described as “Living the life of luxury!” It turns out this build of the classic adventure game is essentially a ROM hack, giving players a heap of helpful of items.
When jumping into the special edition, Nintendo gives players the White Sword, Magic Shield, Blue Ring, and Power Bracelet, which make Link extremely powerful and equipped to travel basically anywhere on the map right from the start. Nine keys, eight bombs, and 255 Rupees are also offered, making this a glorified easy mode.
If that wasn’t enough, Nintendo also revealed that beating the main game once will unlock a new difficulty setting called Second Quest. In it, players will run through the game again, but this time, enemies will dole out more damage.
It’s interesting to see Nintendo offer a special version of an NES titles, especially one of the more popular offerings. Perhaps this could be the start of special editions for many of the entries in the growing library. It would be a compelling selling point for online service, as most of its current features aren’t too enticing.
For now, though, subscribers have six more NES games to look forward to before the year ends. Next month, players will get access to Metroid, TwinBee, and Mighty Bomb Jack. Then, in December, Wario’s Woods, Adventures of Lolo, and Ninja Gaiden will join the roster.
Source: VG 24/7