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Nintendo released an easier version of Zelda for Switch Online users

By Cal Jeffrey · 4 replies
Oct 10, 2018
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  1. Update 10/10/2018: Kotaku has clarified that "Living the life of luxury" is not a Legend of Zelda variant game, but is rather a "hacked save file" for the regular Legend of Zelda game that was in the NES library at launch.

    The full list of inventory items the save gives you includes White Sword, Magical Shield, Blue Ring and Power Bracelet, Blue Candle, a Red Potion, a piece of meat, and three extra heart containers, in addition to a full bag of rupees, bombs, and keys.

    So it is kind of like giving Zelda a "New Game+" option, but without having to have completed the game first.

    When Nintendo announced the Switch Online service, one thing that it promised was that it would regularly rotate classic NES games into the library which subscribers can play for free. Nintendo announced that Solomon’s Key, NES Open Tournament Golf, and Super Dodge Ball would be added to the catalog on October 10.

    Today those three games became available, but Nintendo had an additional surprise. A fourth game, The Legend of Zelda was added, albeit with a twist.

    The game is subheaded “Living the life of luxury!” It is essentially Zelda on steroids. Players will start the adventure with a “ton” of rupees and several powerful items such as the White Sword, the Magical Shield, the Blue Ring, and the Power Bracelet. Players may also choose to purchase more items.

    It seems a bit like it defeats the purpose of the game, and in a way it does. However, upon finishing the game (which should not take long with the given head start) players unlock “Second Quest.” Second Quest is a “more difficult version of the game.” Apparently, Nintendo wants to make the game a bit more relaxed for any Zelda noobs who might be playing.

    Today’s additions bring the NES library up to 24 games. The original 20 include classics like Donkey Kong, Double Dragon, Dr. Mario, Super Mario Bros, and Tecmo Bowl. You must have a Switch Online subscription to access the games. Plans include $4/month, $8/3-months, and $20/year.

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  2. Sabby

    Sabby TS Rookie

    Second Quest is part of the original Zelda game; once you beat it, you can play through a second time with a changed world.
     
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  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,005   +1,395

    Basically it's the SEGA Channel, but Nintendo.

    At least their subscription rates aren't bad.
     
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  4. Cal Jeffrey

    Cal Jeffrey TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,342   +340

    Thanks for the clarification.
     
  5. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 973   +319

    If you can't beat the game with that setup you have no chance on Second Quest.
     

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