The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has already been given the remaster treatment thanks to its HD Wii U port, but that hasn't stopped fans wishing for a Switch version this year as the series celebrates its 35th anniversary. Until such a thing exists (if it ever exists), we'll just have to make do with seeing it be played on an Xbox Series X instead.
That's right, Twitter user @GrimSimm has shared footage of the game running on an Xbox Series X, the latest high-end system from Microsoft. Before anyone gets a little too excited, no, the game isn't available on Xbox in any official capacity, but this emulated version is about as close as we'll ever get to seeing that happen. Check it out in action below:
With Mario being treated to an HD remaster collection in the form of Super Mario 3D All-Stars last year, it's perhaps unsurprising that Zelda fans think that their favourite series could be next. Having said that, we're already getting an official HD remaster of Skyward Sword in July, so maybe that'll be all for this year?
Would you like to see more classic Zeldas available on current hardware? Which games would you pick? Let us know in the comments.
ZELDA BEING ADDED TO GAMEPASS COMFIRMED! ;P
As powerful as the X is, this should run like butter.
Twilight Princess confirmed on gamepass 😜
Oof, the Wii version? Couldn't even get the HD Wii U port? 0/10, need to hack better.
@Kalmaro Well.... emulation is a whole lot more complicated than that.
Mapping the save states to R3 and L3 😬😬😬
That moment when Twilight Princess is on the XBox Series X but not on the Nintendo Switch
GIVE US ZELDA 3D ALLSTARS AND TAKE MY MONEY!
@nessisonett You are correct.
Nintendo and Microsoft collaboration confirmed.
Everyone asking for Gamepass on Switch and I'm sat here wishing I could play the Nintendo back catalogue with Series S/X upgrades on my Xbox.
Gamepass is getting better and better
Legend of Zelda 3D All Stars
Only on Xbox, PC and Game Pass
Available through March 31, 2022
They already hacked pirated games onto the series X? Wow.
@Heavyarms55 this has been a feature since the Xbox One allow people to purchase developer mode which allows people to essentially run windows apps on an Xbox. Retroarch being one, the feature was introduced as a way to give hackers less incentive to do the same thing. in developer mode it just prevents certain uses of Xbox live features to prevent hacking in commercial games and for the most part has actually been successful.
@Dethmunk This actually isn't hacking. It's using developer mode to run windows apps, a Microsoft-approved feature.
@uhhhhhhhh Right? Could you imagine accidentally trying to press L3 to use a weapon, or dropping the controller or something and losing hours of progress?
Why he chose the inferior Wii version over GameCube one is beyond me.
@link3710 Do you not have to apply some form of hack to access developer mode, or is it openly available to all users as part of the OS?
I hope Nintendo do more for Zelda than they did for Mario. Would be nice to have a version of Wind Waker and Twilight Princess for on the go play.
@rushiosan Personal taste? I actually prefer the Wii version despite them being practically the same game.
@Zenszulu Interesting. So they didn't have to hack the system, just install emulators and pirated roms.
One day Sony will buy Nintendo....just wait and see.
@gcunit You pay Microsoft $$$ and they give it to you.
@Heavyarms55 yeah once you make a one off payment you unlock the feature. The you can pretty much do anything with it.
Not entirely sure what is even special about this.
If you can install third party software, this should be easy.
Well, as long as there is a compatible emulator, which there basically always is.
@Heavyarms55 Not necessarily pirated even, if they own a physical copy and have the hacks to rip the ROM
@Kalmaro Emulation is like reading a text in English when it's written in Japanese, and you need a dictionary all of the time, and still aren't allowed to even stutter. But a port could work, and with all of the talk lately, who knows what's going on? (probably not this though)
lol all because Nintendo are too damn lazy to put it on Switch XD
@Shambo This is all true.
I can play this on Switch along with Wind Waker and Metroid Prime. #switchroot
@FlaviusFire Possibly. But unlikely in my experience. From what I have seen the vast majority of people couldn't care less and happily download roms for whatever they want.
Not everyone do it of course, but most.
I actually wouldn't mind a few Nintendo games on my Xbox to be fair.
No, there's no hacking involved. You just pay a small amount for a developer account and you can then boot into a developer mode where you can install Retroarch. I've got quite a few games and followed some guides from the Archades Youtube channel on how to set up
Need better footage to really get an appreciation
This is not at all surprising nor impressive. It's just an Xbox Series X running a Wii emulator the exact same way any powerful PC would. It would be impressive to see the XSX run CEMU instead.
I really really love The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
I watched a video on how the Series SX can emulate pretty much any game ever made with the dev mode unlocked
@Kilamanjaro I'd sure like to play Switch games in there.
... ... ... Switch pro confirmed!!!
Wait... i know what this is.
So Zelda will be on Game Pass, and Game Pass is 2 words and Zelda is one game and if add 2 and 1 you get 3.
Knack 3 confirmed.
I would absolutely love a Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask combo re-release using the 3DS revamped models and textures.
@ModdedInkling it must be a slow news day for them, even my 8 year old laptop can emulate Wii games. CEMU would be a different story though, even my PC can't do that as I have an AMD card and it's Open GL support is rubbish. Something tells me that's unlikely to ever get ported though
falls out of chair
Wha- I’m up! Oh wait not actually Nintendo news.
@Dethmunk it’s not an hack. You can legite get retroarch on your xbox one s/x
@nessisonett Especially with how new the system is. If this system had been around awhile anyone could do this but since it's brand new it's much more impressive
This is so wrong under many axpects.
That has to be fake because no one can get a Series X 😏
@gcunit You have to become a Microsoft partner for a small lifetime fee. Totally worth it. Dev mode you activate with an app from the Microsoft Store.
@carlos82 Except the Series X isn't 8 years old or a PC.
@Kilamanjaro Yup. A few PS2 games don't work yet but it's early days.
Yup. Had Dev mode for a couple of weeks. Been playing The Sopranos - Road To Respect on the PS2.
@Shambo Emulation is incredibly easy, what are you talking about?
@Kalmaro Yeah, except it's early days emulation for a new system. Give it a year and we'll really see what it can do.
@Phallica3000 and we've known that you can run retroarch on an Xbox for a long time as well, so it's still not news
@Phallica3000 For the wii? That's been emulated for a while now right?
@carlos82 It's fairly new to the Series X, THAT'S news. As is GameCube, Wii and PS2 emulation on it.
@Kalmaro Indeed. But not particularly new to the X.
@Phallica3000 it was news when I read about it 5 months ago
@Phallica3000 Never seen a xbox fanboy so butt-hurted. This is a NINTENDO forum dude. Go home.
@Phallica3000 I'm saying that emulation requires a system much stronger than the original it ran on, to run equally good, it has to translate one code through another code in real time, and may have to assign and process some tasks differently without having that change the output, or even manipulate the output in real time to resemble the original again.
From what I understand, that is. So emulation is much harder for the system running it, than running a game on its intended hardware is for said hardware.
@rushiosan I strongly prefer the Wii version over the Gamecube or Wii U versions. The Wii remote controls were some of my favorite implementations of motion controls ever. Aiming with the bow felt great, and I was much more engaged by swinging the remote to slash than pressing a button. I also liked TP's swordplay far better than Skyward Sword's.
I would've bought the Wii U version, but the lack of Wii remote support destroyed it for me, zero interest. At this point, my favorite way to play TP is through an emulator, 4K60FPS, with a Wii remote.
@Facelord I played both, Wii version being my first experience. Once I tried the GC one, it felt like a completely diferent game, way more natural and closer to Ocarina of Time - as they probably intended. Free camera was a deal breaker and a much more important feature than motion-controlled aiming when exploring dungeons. Waving the Wiimote while listening to fairy sounds (that didn't belong to the game at all) was probably the most annoying part of the Wii release...
@rushiosan I don't remember the fairy sounds when waggling, but I actually dig the lack of free camera. Not having to fiddle with a stick to use the camera felt so much more intuitive, like with Ninja Gaiden.
I've been playing PlayStation Move games lately, like House of the Dead 4 and Resident Evil 5, and I really, really miss games feeling like games. Controllers as toys FTW! Bring it back! ;~;
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