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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1987)

The Legend of Zelda 2: Rinku no bôken (original title)


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Link's legendary adventures continue in this Classic NES game for the Game Boy Advance! (Classic NES Series - Game Boy Advance) See more »

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1 December 1988 (USA)  »

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This is the first Zelda game largely presented in a side-scrolling format (akin to the Super Mario Bros. games). Though this decision probably originated from experimentation on the part of the game's creators, the change in gameplay style from the first Zelda game has drawn nearly equal proportions of praise and disapproval from fans of the series. See more »


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A Classic! Simply the best game ever on the NES!!
22 May 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

A Classic! Simply the best game ever on the NES!!

I am one of a few people that think, that Zelda II: The Adventure Of Link, surpasses it's original (The Legend Of Zelda).

There's something really mystical and magical about every aspect of this game., that was severely lacking in it's predecessor. (That is severely lacking in most games that are on the market today!)

From the moment you turn the game pak on, wonderful, mystical/fantasy music hits, which soon turns eerie and frightening; a sort of a feeling that the land of Hyrule has suddenly changed. It's a nightmare province now; we feel we're in a fantasy within a fantasy. The rest of music, thought the game thoroughly reflects the moods generated. So unlike many other games there's no lost of feeling of what your quest is about, and how you must desperately trying to get rid of this horrendous and fearful evil. Now very few games have that sort of effect on people, I can tell you.

The story is that it's been years since an inexperienced Link had defeated the evil Ganyon (the original game) But now the Ganyon has returned, causing yet more treacherous murder as he tries to overthrow the power of awe inspiring Princess Zelda. Removing six precious crystals from palaces across the land of Hyrule, he uses the powerful wizardry from them to put a sleeping spell on the beautiful Princess Zelda.

Hyrule's only hope is her close and best friend (really her boyfriend!) Link. Now bigger and more mature and skillful. Who sets on, on what feel surely a traitorous and grueling quest.

As you might have gathered from playing Zelda games is that the land of Hyrule is HUGE! Your first main task is to return the six precious crystals to their origins, in six stone statues. Only by defeating the six guardians you will be able to gain access to the seventh palace. Once the palace has it's stone returned the palace will turn to stone! But the first task itself is not at all simple: On your way helpful villagers from town you may want to visit will encounter clues and lot of secret info that is almost essential to your quest. That's not all! You can learn a variety of magic spells and learn new moves with your sword! As well as a complex way of extending life and magic power.

I could go on and on about this game, because the whole game is just so well planned out! I can see that people were put off with this game because of the complex elements during gameplay. It's not just an RPG action adventure scrolling game.

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