The online service for the Nintendo Switch is now in full effect, and part of that service includes receiving a batch of classic Nintendo Entertainment Games to play for a period of time. Nintendo certainly appears to be holding up their end of the bargain, promising three new NES games to be added to the library each month. The company has just released another wave of games, which include NES Open Golf Tournament, Solomons Key, and Super Dodge Ball. With these three additions, that brings the total NES game library to 23. However, to the surprise of many, there was a fourth game released, and it’s an enhanced, player-boosted version of The Legend of Zelda.
Titled The Legend of Zelda: Living the Life of Luxury, the game is the original NES Zelda that we all know and love, with the main difference being that you start out with every single powerful item and a truckload of rupees. Specifically, you’ll start with 225 rupees, 9 keys, 8 bombs, the White Sword, Magic Shield, Blue Ring, and the Power Bracelet. With all of this right on the outset, Nintendo may as well have just given you a Game Genie. This is quite the change considering the original just drops you into the beginning with absolutely zero guidance on what to do. It was up to the player to run around the map, which was huge at the time, and discover hidden areas which were mostly filled with dangerous enemies.
While traditionalists may frown upon this, it’s easy to see why Nintendo released this version of The Legend of Zelda. Newer gamers that have played more recent additions to the series, such as Breath of the Wild and Skyward Sword, might want to try the older ones and see how it all started. There is no doubt that the original Nintendo Entertainment System Legend of Zelda is a pioneer of open world gaming, and broke ground on how a video game could be played. With that being said, the game is over 30 years old with each re-release being the exact same version, and a lot of incoming gamers may be intimidated upon starting it. Once you complete the game, you’ll unlock a harder playthrough, similar to the Second Quest from the original.
Of course, just because you have a plethora of extra items doesn’t mean you’ll know where you’re going, as players will still have to make the trek across the map and fight enemies along the way. Either way, this is a great way to introduce incoming gamers to the The Legend of Zelda, and if you prefer the untouched 1986 original, that’s available as well on the Nintendo Switch NES library. This is an interesting approach for Nintendo to take, and we could potentially see more classic games released this way through the online service.