‘The Legend of Zelda’ glitch warps straight to the ending in three minutes

Nintendo’s 8-bit NES game The Legend of Zelda is renowned for its lengthy quest and many hidden secrets, but speedrunners have recently devised a method that allows players to rescue Zelda three minutes after starting a new game.

YouTuber MagicScrumpy outlines the exploit in the video above, explaining how players can manipulate the system’s sprite limit to complete The Legend of Zelda faster than was previously thought possible.

Speedrunner and glitch hunter Sockfolder was the first to discover the game-ending exploit, which takes advantage of the properties of one specific screen in The Legend of Zelda‘s overworld. It turns out that the original version stores player names in memory at all times and entering a precise sequence of characters on the game’s file selection screen can lead to beneficial glitches at a later point in the quest.

After inputting the required characters and retrieving the whistle item from the second dungeon during the second quest, players must trek toward Hyrule’s graveyard to activate the glitch. After touching nearby gravestones and overloading the sprite limit with an army of summoned ghosts, players will then need to use the whistle during a specific gameplay frame, which can be traced using the game’s background music.

If the trick is performed correctly, players will instantly warp to the final room of the game, skipping all previous dungeons and the final encounter with Ganon. Touching Zelda then plays the game’s ending sequence, making it possible to achieve a completion time under three minutes.

Note, however, that the glitch showcased in MagicScrumpy’s video only applies to the original Famicom Disk System version of Zelda no Densetsu. Cartridge versions for either the Famicom or the NES will not produce the desired results.

MagicScrumpy also notes that the glitch only applies to The Legend of Zelda‘s second quest, as the staircase needed to perform the glitch does not exist in the game’s first quest. The Legend of Zelda‘s remixed second quest can be easily unlocked by inputting the name “ZELDA” on the file selection screen, as demonstrated above.

Previous versions of the glitch resulted in tool-assisted speedruns for The Legend of Zelda that clocked in at just over three minutes. The revised glitch showcased above could potentially lead to new world records in the months ahead.


Hey, Sony! If you make a PS2 Classic, it needs these games

158 million PS2 consoles were sold worldwide during its lifecycle, making it the most successful video game console of all time. It was hard, but we narrowed down the PS2's vast library of games. Here are the best PS2 games of all time.

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now, from Super Mario Odyssey to Fortnite.

Apple Mac users should take a bite out of these awesome games

Contrary to popular belief, there exists a bevy of popular A-list games compatible for Mac computers. Take a look at our picks for the best Mac games available for Apple fans.

Relive Nintendo’s handheld golden age with the 25 best Game Boy Advance games

The Game Boy Advance was the swan song of the Game Boy era. It also happened to have a boatload of amazing games. We decided to countdown our 25 favorite GBA games. Check it out and let us know your favorites in the comments below!

Trash at 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'? Use this guide to train up and get good

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the biggest game in the entire series, and it can be overwhelming for newcomers not used to the universe-colliding fighting game. Here's what you need to know when you're starting.

Where we droppin’ (presents)? Perfect ‘Fortnite’ gifts for the fans in your life

Chances are someone on your holiday shopping list is a fan of Fortnite. As the most popular game on the planet, there are plenty of Fortnite-themed gift options available for purchase in stores and online. Here are the best ones we found.

Sega Genesis classics now playable on Amazon Fire TV, no retro console required

Sega released the SEGA Classics app for Amazon Fire TV devices, allowing gamers to play Sega Genesis classics without having to buy a retro console. The $15 app contains 25 games, including three remastered Sonic titles.

Have a spooky dance party at an abandoned mansion with Fortnite's new challenges

The Fortnite season 7, week 2 challenges have arrived in Battle Royale. From searching for chests to dancing off at an abandoned mansion, here's how to do them and the rewards you get for completing them.

The Super NES Classic is the perfect holiday gift for Nintendo lovers

Whether you're a long-time Nintendo fan looking to relive the 16-bit glory days or just doing some holiday shopping, the SNES Classic -- now in stock at multiple retailers for $80 -- might just be the perfect Christmas gift for gamers of…

Turn your Raspberry Pi into a Steam streaming hub with Valve’s Steam Link app

Valve's Steam Link app is now fully supported by Raspberry PI hardware, meaning that just about anyone with a few dollars to spare can build their own Steam streaming box in a matter of minutes.

Nintendo pulls the plug on making more SNES Classic, NES Classic systems

Nintendo extended production of the NES Classic and SNES Classic into 2018, but once the current supply of consoles is gone, the company won't be making more. Instead, you'll have to use Nintendo Switch Online.

Fancy ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ PlayStation 4 Pro launches alongside game in January

A limited edition PlayStation 4 Pro bundle for Kingdom Hearts III will launch alongside the game in January. The system included has a special design on the side, as does the controller.

Want to share your Xbox One games? Here's how to do it

Sharing games on modern consoles is possible, but it takes a few steps. Here's how to start sharing games on your Xbox One console, so friends and family can easily access your library.

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in 'Destiny 2: Forsaken'

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.