What Is ZC?
Zelda Classic is a tribute to (what we think is) the greatest video game of all time: Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda. It has been developed into an exact replica of the NES version that we all know and love. Beyond that, Zelda Classic allows the development of new quests that can use either the traditional graphics or enhanced graphics, as well as new enemies, items, and challenges.
Though it was started as a basic Legend of Zelda clone by programmer Phantom Menace in April of 1999, Zelda Classic has grown into something much bigger in the past few years. A full LOZ replica was achieved by June of 2000, with Zelda Classic version 1.84, but the story didnt end there. Although Phantom Menace moved on to other projects, Fans of Zelda Classic wanted more.
Fast forward to after about a year of searching for a new programmer, when Dark Nation comes to Armageddon Games, and breathes new life into what seemed like a dying beast. Within weeks, a new version of Zelda Classic is released, and it's popularity soars. Zelda Classic 1.90, introduced a list of new features, and with it's addition to Download.com, Armageddon Games is flooded with about 3000+ new members in a manner of months!
Zelda Classic 1.90 was not without it's problems though. A few bugs, such as the now infamous 'Cannot find 1st.qst' bug, and occasional runtime errors would frustrate users. It was felt that ZC 1.90 was rushed out, to appease the waiting masses. The mistake wouldn't happen again.
Many features have been added in the past few years. Now, instead of being merely a Legend of Zelda Clone, Zelda Classic has become so much more. With ZQuest, Zelda Classic's Quest Creator, anyone can make their very own quest from scratch, and now, with all of the features that have been added in the past years, the possibilities are virtually endless for the style of quest you can make. If you can imagine it, you can create it (provided it's in 8-bit color). Quests have grown larger and longer, into seemingly epic games, that can take days, if not weeks to complete. With ZQuest, you can create your own original graphics, or import them from any game you like. In the past we've seen ZC versions of LEXX, (many versions of) Mega Man, Metroid and Super Mario Brothers, all in the classic quest style. As well as hundreds upon hundreds of first rate custom Zelda Quests.
After three years of waiting, and many new features being added to ZC behind closed doors, it finally seems like a new version of Zelda Classic is on the horizon. Now in final development and testing, the next version of Zelda Classic is sure to please gamers and creators, and introduce a new generation to the greatest game of all time, The Legend of Zelda.
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