James Dowdell, a software engineer from Mountain View, California, wanted to propose to his girlfriend in a very special way. So, he reprogrammed The Legend of Zelda with a custom ending, and the rest is history, all captured by wedding photographer Natalie Martin. To be more specific, he edited the in-game version of Princess Zelda to look like Natalie, turned the “Triforce tile to a ring tile” and then added in “Natalie, will you marry me?” text. That’s not all, a custom The Legend of Zelda-themed engagement ring was also made at Takayas Custom Jewelry. Continue reading for a video and more information.
A highlight of our lives is getting together on the couch for play throughs of video games. The Legend of Zelda for NES is my all time favorite game. I got this ingenious little plan a few months back; I would schedule a play through with her, on original hardware, but have the game ask her to marry me when we beat it together.
I had pulled out my treasured original LoZ cartridge and made sure she saw it in there the night before. But it was a trick. When she wasn’t looking I swapped the cart for a freshly purchased EverDrive that I had loaded my rom hack onto.
I had originally planned to get another original cart and flash the EEPROM; but I didn’t trust myself to pull it off right, time was now very limited; and while the masters online who specialize in this were willing to help there just wasn’t enough time to get them involved.
The EverDrive was overnighted and worked fine for my purpose.