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Legend Of Zelda, The: A Link to the Past


This prototype originated from a massive find by jollerancher. Thanks to ReadOnly for some information on this prototype.

By: Evan G
Last updated: July 8, 2012

The origins of this prototype are the subject of legends in collectors' circles. A person who goes by the handle "jollerancher" happened upon a motherload of awesome items at a garage sale of a former Nintendo employee. In this lot, there was a prototype for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. This prototype is currently owned by DreamTR.

The jollerancher Zelda prototype.

Although this prototype has not been dumped, it is almost certainly identical to the final US version. ReadOnly broke apart the US Zelda ROM image, and found the checksum of the the first 4 Mb:

---------------------Internal ROM Info----------------------
File: Legend of Zelda, The - A Link to the Past (USA).sfc.001.sfc
Name: THE LEGEND OF ZELDA Company: Nintendo
Header: None Bank: LoROM
Interleaved: None SRAM: 64 Kb
Type: Normal + Batt ROM: 4 Mb
Country: USA Video: NTSC
ROM Speed: 200ns (SlowROM) Revision: 1.0
Checksum: Bad 0x179E != 0xAF0D Game Code:
CRC32: 977BD6D9
SHA-1: 9701257E4FB7EF59D9D9BBBEE56821B0E2D865E2

As you can see, the checksum is identical to the checksum listed on the first chip of the prototype (0x179E). Now, it could be possible that the second chip has differences, but that is exceedingly unlikely, as it would likely affect the checksum of the first chip.


  • jollerancher's find thread on Digital Press (link)
  • DreamTR's sales thread on Nintendo Age (link)

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