A YouTuber named SKELUX has found a hidden “minus world” in The Legend of Zelda for the NES.
For those that are unfamiliar with the time period, the idea of a minus world was popularized by the unique Super Mario Bros. which allowed gamers to simply entry an space named World -1. That minus world was really only a by-product of the way in which that video games have been made again then (it was mainly a knowledge scrapyard), however the truth it was playable and hidden made it one of many extra compelling elements of the Super Mario Bros. legacy.
The minus world found in The Legend of Zelda is a bit totally different. In order to entry it, SKELUX needed to re-write the sport’s code in order that he was capable of journey to an out-of-bounds space of the sport’s map. Interestingly, the sport’s code acknowledges this space by referencing it with unfavourable integers. That seemingly backs up the widespread perception that many basic NES video games have a minus world of their very own.
Once SKELUX really entered Zelda‘s minus world, issues obtained bizarre. It seems that Zelda‘s minus world is extra of a authentic information dump than the one present in Super Mario Bros. It contains a seemingly random scattering of enemies and different environmental objects in addition to some actually weird design ideas that have been both reduce from the sport or are a results of the way in which that this space processes the code it harbors.
Still, the truth that this world is clearly not accessible by way of conventional gameplay and the truth that it is not likely even a playable space even in the event you trouble to change the sport’s code in a means that means that you can entry it signifies that Zelda‘s minus world is not actually as compelling Mario‘s. It’s a neat little piece of design historical past, however we’re prepared to wager that the overwhelming majority of video games from many eras accommodates one thing related.
Having stated that, we’re to see what else SKELUX discovers in different video games.
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