Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

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North American box art.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, known in Japan as ゼルダの伝説パート2 リンクの冒険 [Zeruda no Densetsu, Pato Tsu: Rinku no Boken], "Legend of Zelda, Part 2: Link's Adventure" is an action adventure role-playing game developed and published by Nintendo and released on the Famicom Disk System on 1987-01-14, then ported to NES for release in other countries. It is the second game in the Zelda series.

In the game's story, even though Ganon has been defeated, his evil monsters live on, and are seeking out Link to use his blood to resurrect Ganon from his ashes. Worse yet, Princess Zelda has been cursed into a deep sleep from which she cannot awake. Link must seek the third Triforce, the Triforce of Courage. To do this, he must defeat the guardians of six palaces and place a crystal in a shrine in each one, then, defeat the final guardian.

Being such a huge fan of the original game, I rented this game from a movie rental place around 1990. My brother, who had already played the game, tried to warn me and said the game was terrible, but I needed to play it for myself. Sure enough, I wasn't very impressed. Even though we had The Official Nintendo Player's Guide which contained a fairly descriptive walk-through of the first part of the game, I still didn't get very far before having to return it. Years later, I tried to muscle my way through the game and made it all the way to the final palace, but, by that time, I was so sick of the game I never finished it.

I would love for Nintendo to remake this game in a similar way that they remade Metroid with Metroid: Zero Mission.

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I own the original gold cart. I have not beaten the game, but I have reached the final cathedral.

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  • Overall: 4/10
  • Best Version: NES

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