A New Version of The Legend of Zelda Just Launched on Switch

By Laura Kate Dale on at

If you've subscribed to Nintendo's paid online service for Switch, one of the benefits is access to a library of NES games with added online play support. Some NES games got added to the app today and, as a surprise bonus, among them was a new version of the The Legend of Zelda.

The Legend of Zelda: Living the Life of Luxury is a "souped-up version" of The Legend of Zelda for NES, added to the service in addition to the original version of the game. Marked on the app's home screen with a big red ribbon labelling it a special game, the ROM hack gives players all items and other starting advantages that make the game a lot easier to play and more open in its early sections.

Living the Life of Luxury starts players off with 255 rupees, nine keys, eight bombs, the White Sword, the Magic Shield, the Blue Ring, the Power Bracelet, and a few more bits and bobs.

The original game's classic status is richly deserved, but it's also reflective of its era: providing little initial guidance and expecting players to explore through trial and error. This remixed version certainly offers an easier entry point to the experience, and has obvious appeal to both new players and hoary old explorers who just want to take a stroll down memory lane.

This launch may have been a surprise but Nintendo has previously experimented with altering original titles in the likes NES Remix, so it'll be interesting to see if this approach is applied to other titles in the company's back catalogue.