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Release year: 1987 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Nintendo
Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link (NES)
In Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link (AKA Link no Bouken or リンクの冒険 Rinku no Bōken in Japan), Link is back for another princess-saving mission – this time appearing in a side-scrolling platform action that resembles Castlevania. Developed by Nintendo and released in 1987, it’s the second installment in The Legend of Zelda action RPG series. Will you find the Triforce?
Zelda 2: The Adventure Of Link has taken the game franchise up a notch by deviating from the top-down perspective of its predecessor. Also, aside from the side-scrolling format and the large over-world leading to various locations (caves, palaces, and towns), its other major change from the original is its use of an RPG leveling-up system (Experience rating/EXP).
Indeed, Zelda 2 provided an entirely different game experience for Zelda fans, but while it’s something that’s supposed to be celebrated, many people didn’t quite like this sequel. For one, it’s the most difficult game in the series and the most frustrating, too.
What you would notice with Zelda 2 is its focus on combat, as opposed to the puzzle-solving nature of Zelda 1. It isn’t your regular combat action, though. Enemies in this game are harder to beat and Link only has 3 lives. Also, if he dies and you choose to continue, then you’ll have to start right from the very beginning.
This can be very frustrating especially when added to the fact that the game offers only very little clue about what to do or where to go or how to go about using certain stuff, like spells. Yes, in this Zelda sequel, Link can already use spells (magic) which is yet another improvement except for the fact that you would have to figure out for yourself when to use one and which one to use.
Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, therefore, is one tough and taxing game. But is it worth playing? Well, yes, if you are one nostalgic hardcore retro gamer. You wouldn’t want to miss what once was considered the “black sheep” of all Zelda games. In terms of graphics and audio, though, it does not really digress from the other NES games of the same era. It looks, feels, and sounds so 1980s which is good if, again, you are one nostalgic hardcore retro gamer!
Link’s second adventure is, in general, your go-to classic NES game if you are in search of something super challenging.
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link has been ported to Famicom Disk System, NES (this version), Game Boy Advance, GameCube and Virtual Console (Wii).