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Legend of Zelda Skin (Game Boy) Romhack

Hack Name: Legend of Zelda Skin
Released by:
Status: Complete
Patch Version: 1.0
Last updated: April 17, 2023
Type of Hack: Graphics, Text
Downloads: 6

This hack swaps the sprites for Shamino, Dupre, Iolo, and Mariah for Link, Lynna Knight, Linkle, and Zelda respectively for Ultima: Runes of Virtue.

The character introduction blurbs have been modified to reflect the changes. The introduction text has also been tweaked slightly so that the setting is now “Hyrule-Brittania”. You may believe that Lord British managed to annex Hyrule to Britannia. It is otherwise the same game as Ultima - Runes of Virtue.

The graphic change in this hack may also help players see their characters a little better on monochrome palettes (such as the original DMG palette) versus the original. The original Runes of Virtue has several sprites use the transparency color for faces, which causes weird graphical oddities, particularly Mariah (now Zelda).

Version 1.0:


  • Replace Shamino’s face portrait for Link’s
  • Replace Shamino’s zoomed in sprite for Link
  • Replace Dupre’s face portrait for Lynna Knight’s
  • Replace Dupre’s zoomed in sprite for Lynna Knight
  • Replace Iolo’s face portrait for Linkle’s
  • Replace Iolo’s zoomed in sprite for Linkle
  • Replace Mariah’s face portrait for Zelda’s
  • Replace Mariah’s zoomed in sprite for Zelda
  • Replace character and intro text to reflect graphic changes

Nice to haves:

  • Replace title screen
  • Replace enemy sprites
  • Replace background tiles
Database match: Ultima - Runes of Virtue (USA)
Database: No-Intro: Game Boy/Color (v. 20210227-015730)
File/ROM SHA-1: 8D911CBBC6BD1518A85282DEF7F01D3ADD16E596
File/ROM CRC32: C44A0F1E
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