Review: Legend of Zelda Game & Watch Handheld Device

Review: Legend of Zelda Game & Watch Handheld Device

The Nintendo Legend of Zelda Game & Watch handheld went on sale last week, and I picked one up to see what all the fuss is about. How does this first-party novelty device stack up against my expectations for handheld gaming devices?

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Other devices in this video:
Anbernic RG300X
Anbernic RG280V
Anbernic RG280M
PowKiddy Q20 Mini

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Guide: Enable D-Pad controls on the Legend of Zelda Nintendo DS games

Guide: Enable D-Pad controls on the Legend of Zelda Nintendo DS games

Last updated: 24SEP2020 (see Changelog for details)

The two Legend of Zelda games that were released on the Nintendo DS were classics of their time. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (2007) is a follow up to Wind Waker (NGC, 2003), and has a Metacritc score of 90 today. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (2009) is a mix of action and puzzle gameplay, and has a Metacritic score of 87. When I first fired up my Retroid Pocket 2, I was excited to try these games on my new device. Thing is, they are built for stylus controls, and so at face value, these games are virtually uplayable on handheld emulation devices.

Luckily, someone also had this same problem, and they’ve figured out a way to mod the original ROM files so that they respond to d-pad controls. I’ve tested both games, and they feel like what you’d expect from a gamepad-based Zelda game (in other words, they’re awesome). This method requires a bit of Windows wizardry, but I’ll walk you through the process.

As a bonus, I’ve also included instructions on how to patch d-pad controls for another game: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow.

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