Super Nintendo Classic Legend of Zelda: Link To The Past Gets Unofficial CD Audio & FMV Video Update

Zelda-LttP-Gets-FMV-and-CD-Audio-SupportAlthough the Super Nintendo never received the CD add-on it was due to get, the many games that hit the 16-bit system proved that it didn't need it anyway. That said, many retro gamers often wonder what could have been had compact discs arrived on Nintendo's system. With a certain flash cartridge in hand, you no longer need to fantasize over the thought.

Over the last few years an incredible amount of progress has been made in the Super Nintendo community where emulation and flash cartridges are concerned. A key figure in the scene - who also happens to be behind the emulator higan - known as byuu, created an aftermarket cartridge expansion chip (similar to the SuperFX chip found in StarFox) dubbed the MSU-1. This new bit of power not only allowed the playback of CD quality audio on the Super Nintendo, but also Full Motion Video too - something the unofficial port of Road Avenger to the SNES showcases.

As this chip is a somewhat new offering to the retro gaming world, very little currently supports it - and of course, there were no official games ever made to use it. What makes it rather special though is that both the introduction of CD audio and FMV can be seen and heard on the original console, as the SD2SNES flash cartridge supports the MSU-1 chip. 

Having opened up the ability for homebrew developers and ROM hackers to create much more advanced versions of their games, a talented group capable of manipulating the MSU-1's power have decided to revamp The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past. Updating all of the soundtrack with orchestral versions of its songs, along with adding in cut-scenes from the Zeldamotion animation. While these additions and adjustments may not be to everyone's liking, this modification to the 16-bit classic is without a doubt groundbreaking and indeed suggestive of what the Super Nintendo CD add-on could have done.

Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past (MSU-1 Modifications)

As usual, to enjoy this ROM patch you will need to have a legally obtained original Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past Super Nintendo ROM to which you can apply this patch to. Full instructions on how to patch this ROM can be found within the download, or you can refer to this handy ROM patching guide on YouTube. Keep in mind though that this update is only playable on the original hardware via an SD2SNES, or by emulation using byuu's higan.

Link: Legend of Zelda: ALttP Gets CD Audio & FMV Support

Last Updated ( 03 November 2014 )  


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(Link to this comment) Miketendo 2014-11-02 12:39
That is extremely impressive!
(Link to this comment) L___E___T 2014-11-02 17:59
Nice to see this shared after Drakon made a bunch of SNES CDs mods and refused to share them
(Link to this comment) Turkish 2014-11-03 16:51
Would love to have the complete soundtrack with this upgraded audio.
Particularly on a CD. :-)

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