NES Online gets a fourth bonus game

NES – Nintendo Switch Online adds The Legend of Zelda special version

Nintendo surprised Switch Online subscribers on Wednesday with a special version of the 1986 classic "The Legend of Zelda", according to Eurogamer.

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. You'll begin with all equipment, incluing your White Sword, the Magical Shield, the Blue Ring, and even the Power Bracelet.

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. With these resources you can pretty much go anywhere and do anything from the very start of the game, which is an interesting approach to opening up a potentially grueling older game to newer players. Once people beat the game one time, a more hard version called Second Quest unlocks.

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While Nintendo of Europe seems to have removed mention of the other "SP" games, likely due to Zelda's release date shifting from December to October, the other games with the same label were Dr. Mario, Metroid, Super Mario Bros., Double Dragon, Super Mario Bros. And they did indeed release NES Open Tournament Golf, Dodge Ball, and Solomon's Key.

Why didn't Nintendo tell us they were planning first-party official ROM hacks exclusively for Switch Online months ago?!

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