The Legend of Zelda: Living the Life of Luxury! Comes to Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo gives fans a little surprise by releasing what appears to simply be a re-hash of a beloved classic.

Nintendo has just added a new version of the NES classic The Legend of Zelda to Nintendo Switch Online.

In The Legend of Zelda: Living the Life of Luxury!, players start with “a ton of rupees” and all the equipment. As with the original release, completing the game will give you access to Second Quest, which is essentially a NG+ play-through of The Legend of Zelda where enemies are stronger and dungeons, heart containers, and (some) shops have been relocated in the map.

In an interview posted on, Toshihiko Nakago revealed that Second Quest was created because Zelda’s programmers had only used half of the memory allotted for map data.

“So, using half of the memory that was left over, we decided to create the Second Quest,” Nakago recalls.

Nintendo Switch Online went live on September 19 and costs $20 annually.

The service is now a requirement if you want to play games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or Splatoon 2 online, but it does come with some additional perks, including Switch ports of NES games like this one.

However, is there an audience for this version of Zelda? Are fans that are clamoring for retro-gaming on their Switch looking for “souped-up” versions of the classics?

Perhaps people that are intimidated by the difficulty of the original release will now be excited to rush to Gannon without breaking a sweat. But if so, where's the appeal? 

Are you excited for this to hit Nintendo Switch Online? Let us know why or why not in the comments below! 


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Published Oct. 10th 2018

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