Mini-Review: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

I swear I’ll definitely finish Link to the Past, I got to the dark world so that’s later in the game. But this is stupidly difficult, and kind of inept. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link(リンクの冒険 Rinku no Bōken, “Adventure of Link”), developed and published by Nintendo and was released in 1987 for the Famicom Disk System and in 1988 for the NES in America and Europe…actually it should be Europe, then America since Europe got it first, which for a first-party title like Zelda at the time, is kind of surprising now that I think about it. Now this game is considered to be the black sheep of the entire series by fans, they either love it or hate it and here’s why.

So Link is attempting to retrieve the Triforce of Courage and doing this will wake the sleeping beauty…or Princess Zelda, though this is not the Zelda from the first game but some maiden. All Link needs to do is to go to six palaces all throughout Hyrule and place a crystal in a statue at each palace. Meanwhile, Ganon’s followers are trying to resurrect him, all they need to do is kill Link and take his blood so Link is going to battle his way through a lot of enemies. Well this is a dark story for the localisation of Nintendo. Eh, who cares.

Instead of the game being just set from a top-down perspective like the very first game, we now have a platformer with just the journeying being in a top-down perspective camera. You start at a castle with the sleeping Zelda and you venture out and you may encounter random battles along the way, you can go to caves to either progress or collect items. You can go to towns to either finding a lady to increase your libido…I mean restore your health…anything could happen; or find an old man who can give you magic powers. You have your sword and shield by default, all the items you used in the first game have been replaced with magic spells. Oh, and the game is an RPG, in fact, more of an RPG than the first game. When you defeat some enemies, you get XP, collecting a certain amount of XP will upgrade  either your health or magic.

This game is really difficult, mostly because of the amount of enemies on screen and even then, some are difficult to finish off and if it isn’t that, it’s the controls, the traction is awful at times, especially with harder enemies to battle. I think my main gripe is that it’s an RPG, I’m not a hater of the genre, but with the first game, at least you just need a map to get to places, but you need a full walkthrough to get through most of Zelda II. I don’t have much more to say at the moment. I managed to finish the first palace and approaching Death Mountain and it just got harder from there. I will continue this game, though I may use the Zelda II Easy Hack because I want to finish this but not feel physically ill after playing it.

You can get it on the Famicom Disk System, Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance and Virtual Console (Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U)

Next up is Link to the Past…Heck Yes!!!


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