[Extra bits] Lost Japanese ‘Legend of Zelda’ game sees light of day

Legend of Zelda Ancient Stone Tablets
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Satellaview. You heard of it? Me neither. That’s because it was a Japan-only peripheral for the Super Famicom that, wait for it, broadcast games via satellite. I promise I’m not making this up. One of the games that was broadcast was a sort of remix of Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past called Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets. This lost 16-bit game has recently become playable. The game was originally only available in Japanese but English, French and German language patches can be downloaded via this site  – which looks like it was one of the first sites on the internet. Pay no mind to that though.

How did this broadcast game work? Great question. Apparently, it was broadcast in one hour parts, once a week for four weeks. Which meant you could only access certain parts of the game at those times. On top of that, each broadcast included streamed audio with voice acting and orchestrated music. Causing issues with getting a full sync of the game. Semi-complete ROMS have been around but this version is the closest anyone has gotten.  Which you can get more info and download from this site…which loves that classic internet green. [via: Engadget | source: ZeldaLegends.net]