A more friendly Legend of Zelda is now available

The Legend of Zelda is one of the more difficult games you'll find on the Nintendo Entertainment System. But a new version released on the Switch's Nintendo Entertainment System app is looking to change that, and make Link's first outing far more approachable for new players.

To start, players will be able to start the game with an entire campaign's worth of equipment and supplies. According to the game's description, this includes "the White Sword, the Magical Shield, the Blue Ring, and even the Power Bracelet." On top of that, players will have access to a purse full of rupees and a smattering of other items, including keys and bombs.

Completing this modified Legend of Zelda version will unlock the "Second Quest" experience found in the original, though there's no word yet on whether or not that quest also includes some extra help in the form of items or funds.

Those looking to dive in can find the game by opening the Nintendo Entertainment System app and locating the Legend of Zelda box art with a red "SP" ribbon in the corner.

The Legend of Zelda was ahead of its time in a lot of ways. The game was, arguably, open-world before that approach became more common. At the beginning of the game, players could roam almost anywhere on the map, save for a few closed-off areas. And there was very little in the way of direction, leading players to consult ancient relics such as strategy guides and 800 numbers — or perhaps, glean some advice from friends who'd gotten further into the game.

The "SP" version of The Legend of Zelda certainly comes as a surprise, as Nintendo made no mention of altering the NES titles included with the Nintendo Switch Online service. But it could open the door for the company to offer modified version of other titles down the line.

The new Legend of Zelda — and use of the Nintendo Entertainment System app on Switch — requires a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online, which costs $3.99 per month or $19.99 per year.