Broadcast Satellite Zelda (BS Zelda)

A few weeks ago I read an article on reddit that it was the 25th anniversary of the Zelda series. I play games but not that many new ones lately. I still love the classics and can’t decide which is my favorite, A Link to the Past or Super Metroid… Anyway the article was hosted here and mentioned a “sequel” for the SNES zelda that I had never heard of, so I thought I would give it a try.

It was apparently only available in Japan in the mid 90’s via Satellaview, which required an attachment to the SNES that let the console play games it received via broadcast satellite. The game is called “BS The Legend of Zelda: The Ancient Stone Tablets”. The game itself and apparently other derivatives of the first NES zelda are available at

BS Zelda has a very similar overworld map with a few differences, completely new dungeons, at least one new item that I’ve seen so far (the weak gloves) and a few other game play differences. For example there are random weather events, random health boosting, you can turn while running with the pegasus boots, and there is a conversation bar at the bottom of the screen where some characters in the game appear to be having a discussion.

I thought this game was okay, but it just doesn’t feel like the original SNES Zelda to me. It’s probably lacking a lot of the intended experience since it can’t actually be played live any more. It was worth checking out though.

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