‘Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past’ Reverse-Engineered for Linux, Switch, Mac, and Windows
This week Neowin called it “one of the most beloved video games of all time,” reporting that it’s now been reverse-engineered by a GitHub user named Snesrev, “opening up the possibility of Link to the Past on other platforms, like Sega’s 32X or the Sony Playstation.”
This reimplementation of Link to the Past is written in C and contains an astonishing 80,000 lines of code. This version is also content complete, with all the same levels, enemies, and puzzles that fans of the original game will remember.
In its current state, the game requires the PPU and DSP libraries from LakeSNES, a fast SNES emulator with a number of speed optimizations that make the game run faster and smoother than ever before. Breaking from the LakeSNES dependency, which allows for compatibility on modern operating systems, would allow the code to be built for retro hardware. It also offers one of the craziest features I have seen in a long time; the game can run the original machine code alongside the reverse-engineered C implementation. This works by creating a save-state on both versions of the game after every frame of gameplay, comparing their state and proving that the reimplementation works…. Snesrev now works alongside 19 other contributors.
Despite the immense amount of work that went into this project, the result is brilliant. Not only does the game play just like the original, it also includes a number of new features that were not present in the original. For example, the game now supports pixel shaders, which allow for even more stunning visuals. It also supports widescreen aspect-ratios, giving players a wider field of view, making the game even more immersive on modern displays. Another new feature of this reimplementation is the higher quality world map. The new map is much more detailed and gives players a better sense of the world they are exploring….
The amount of time, effort, and talent that went into creating this is simply astonishing.
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