In the original Legend of Zelda for the NES, there was a trick where you could (if I remember correctly) press and select simultaneously on the 2nd controller to bring up the Save dialog.

After buying the Wii Virtual Console version, I tried this trick and it didn't work.

Is there a way to save your game in-progress on the Wii version? (maybe I'm missing something obvious, like generic save state functionality)

  • If you pushed reset & the power button at the same time, that would prevent losing your progress. Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 18:47
  • "In the original Legend of Zelda for the NES, there was a trick where you could" hold the A button and press up. (Not the Select button.)
    – TOOGAM
    Commented May 30, 2016 at 23:09

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Commonly with virtual console games, you can hit the center button (Wii menu?), and exit the game. This will automatically save the state of the game. Next time the game loads you'll begin at that spot; however, after reloading once the save state is no longer available -- resetting the system won't allow you to resume from that state again.

  • +1. This is true of all of the virtual console games, as far as I know. This is possible because they're all emulated, and so it's easy to just write the state of the simulator to disk.
    – jprete
    Commented Aug 31, 2011 at 22:03
  • +1, great to know. This will be useful if I'm in the depths of a dungeon and don't want to completely reset. I'll probably use a combination of my approach and yours.
    – mpontillo
    Commented Sep 1, 2011 at 1:27
  • There is a problem with using this method in Legend of Zelda. Sure you save the game in the spot-but you miss the warp back to the start of a dungeon or the starting screen on the overworld. CyberSkull's method is better for the original style save. Commented May 1, 2017 at 12:38

Figured it out. It was actually in the manual. (who would have thought to look there?) ;-)

You hit + (start) to bring up your inventory, then and - (select) at the same time. All on the first controller. Done!

  • You also have the opportunity to save when you die. Since you always start in the same place when you load a game, there's no difference between the two ways of saving except convenience. Commented Aug 31, 2011 at 17:50
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    @SevenSidedDie — At the time, many considered it a point of pride to complete the game with their death counter still at 0. Thus, a significant difference between "save while alive" and "save after dying". ;-)
    – Ben Blank
    Commented Aug 31, 2011 at 22:26
  • @Ben A fair point. :) Commented Aug 31, 2011 at 22:36

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