Zelda: Legend of Link

So I recently received my copy of Zelda: Legend of Link from Flashback Entertainment.  IF you haven’t heard of them, them make Reproduction Carts for NES, SNES, and Genesis.  Last year I bought Metroid Mother which is fantastic remake of the original Metroid that features a Battery-back Save feature, stack-able weapons, and an In-game Map. I also picked up Super Mario Bros 3Mix, which combines levels from previous Mario games using the Mario 3 engine.  Zelda:LoL is special because of the size of the cart, it has a higher cost than most other repros.  Not only the cost of the cart, but it also comes with a SNES sized manual, a fold out map, some trading cards, and posters.  For just the Boxed version is around $150 and the collectors edition is $300, the CE comes with a Link figure.  I just sprang for the Boxed version.

The game’s map is a mirrored version of Link’s Awakening, so if your familiar with the layout finding the first three dungeons shouldn’t be any trouble.  Speaking of it, The game flat out gives you all the dungeon locations, you just have to get there on your own.  The game also have the Spin Attack from Link’s Awakening.

The dungeon layouts, for the most part, are identical to the original.  Some have secret rooms with optional sidequest items, like someone’s lost doll, or a book, or a letter to Bagu (hint, hint).  Hope you like pitfalls.

(You dare bring light to my lair, you must die)

After defeating Ganon you’ll meet Zelda, she says Ganon escaped to the Dark World and she gives you an Ocarina.  Your goal now is to obtain the five Triforce of Power pieces.  While exploring the Dark World you can find upgrades to the Boomerang, Hookshot, and more importantly, the Pegasus Boots, the upgrade for the boots are the Hover Boots.  As long as they’re equipped to your B button, you won’t fall into pits.  Also from Link to the Past and Link’s Awakening are Heart Pieces you can collect and if you have twelve total Hearts you can get the Master Sword tempered like in LttP.

After facing Ganon, he takes the ToP from you and he’ll either fire projectiles or swing his spear at you.  They did a nice job making the final boss fight like from the Oracle games.

This hack was really impressive.  Once you find the Bow, it’ll unlock a mini game with Epona..  Love that they took music from previous Zelda games and Dungeon 2 has a song from the Zelda cartoon.  It did feel pretty short, since I did bother to get all the HC but did have fun playing it.

-Marcus