The Legend of Zelda Oddities

A 25th-anniversary look back at a dozen strange sidelights of Nintendo's classic fantasy game.

Posted by  | Monday, February 21, 2011

Zelda in the Sky
The Satellaview adapter for the Super Famicom (the Japanese Super NES) is one of the weirdest console add-ons ever. It allowed Super Famicom owners to download games that were broadcast over a satellite TV hookup and save them on rewritable game cartridges.

One of these games was a graphical upgrade to the original NES Legend of Zelda. It was broadcast in four weekly episodes in 1995, and it featured a number of additions such as the ability to chose a male or female protagonist. It’s possible to play this rare version of Zelda today if you find the right (illicit) files floating around the Internet.

(Photo by Muband)

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23 Comments For This Post

  1. chris Says:

    Or you could just play the flute and freak them out.

  2. Mark Says:

    "Or you could just play the flute and freak them out. "

  3. Michael Says:

    ""Or you could just play the flute and freak them out. ""

  4. Moopie Says:

    """Or you could just play the flute and freak them out. """

  5. JaredNewman Says:

    A save slot in slide six! What an honor.

  6. Benj Edwards Says:

    You know it, man. I think I stumbled across the Technologizer community Zelda cartridge. 🙂

  7. Mark Says:

    I remember that 1987 commercial all too well. I was 11 and the only thing in the world I wanted was to buy an NES to play The Legend of Zelda. I saved for almost a year and bought it at my local Sears. Remember when Sears had a toy section?

  8. OldGamer Says:

    There was a second cartoon produced in the 90s as well.

  9. Charles Says:

    I still Have the First NES and the Zelda game set. I get it out some times and play just to see if i still remember all the hidden items. My dad has the first Atari and a lot of the games for it. Does that tell my age.

  10. MLStrand Says:

    My friend Jazzy, who collects games/game consoles said:

    I’m surprised they didn’t include in that list the CD-i Zelda games! there were 3 Zelda games that were released on the Phillips CD-i – the only Zelda games to appear on a non-Nintendo console!

  11. Arnum Says:

    I believe I am the only human to have never played The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy. I have a Wii, is it worth getting? Maybe I will rent it for one night first.

  12. EZPC Recycle, Inc. Says:

    LOOOVE zelda @ Arnum it is VERY worth it to get! These are rpg classics that should never disappear.

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  22. Julien Says:

    What a nice post. Thanks for for bringing back good memories! I am glad I stumbled upon this.

  23. Andrew Says:

    I know when I first read about Pol's Voice weakness, I immediately thought "use a bomb – that'll be loud", and it seemed to work. Never even knew about the microphone on the Japanese Famicom at the time.