Classic NES Series: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Image

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  • Summary: The sequel to The Legend of Zelda combines side-scrolling action with role-playing game elements. In Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, you'll embark on a quest to find the Triforce of Courage, awaken Princess Zelda from an evil wizard's spell, and save Hyrule from ruin. As Link, you can learn magic spells and collect items to increase your power. Zelda II features magic that lets you fly, throw fireballs, jump higher, and more. Expand
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  1. A great adventure. It's this combination of unique elements that creates and action-RPG experience unlike any other, and it still holds up well today. [Dec 2004, p.100]
  2. This is the only Zelda game I can think of that used experience points to level-up. Other than that, you're dealing with a typical (and engrossing) Legend of Zelda experience.
  3. Any game that holds up more than a decade later is definitely one to watch, and Zelda II is one of these games.
  4. The game proved to be an entertaining and natural step in the franchise's evolution. [Dec 2004, p.150]
  5. 70
    It's a recommended, and playable, adventure even today, but don't expect the same gameplay from the truly classic Zelda titles.
  6. 65
    Adventure of Link might be more for completists than its predecessor was, but you can certainly find plenty here to keep you busy for some time.
  7. It's a long adventure and although it may be somewhat boring by today's standards, it's a great way for beginners to submerse themselves in the RPG universe.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Nov 10, 2013
    This game is brutally difficult. However it is also brutally fun its an absolute blast to play and it's five dollars on the virtual console so go buy it Expand
  2. Dec 30, 2011
    Oh, yes, my favourite Zelda for one reason: the first Zelda I played long time ago!

    Ok. Really. This Zelda is a good game with lovely unique
    components. I.e: magic, good length, the possibility of learning techniques, experience points and a lot of places or characters which will be used in other Zelda games. Expand
  3. Jan 28, 2013
    The difficulty of this game turns a lot of people off. This isn't your typical Zelda game. With that being said, it revolutionized the franchise, using a few of the aspects still seen today. The fact that it doesn't exactly "feel" like future Zelda's is not a bad thing. Expand
  4. Aug 18, 2013
    This review is the the 3DS eShop. Wow I just got done beating this game and my the palms of my hands are still sweaty. This is an awesome game to play. Not to mention how stinking hard it is. I was using virtual console saves and the game was still kicking my but. Just to get through to the next section in certain dungeons was a win. I don't know how anyone could have beaten this game going into the Great Palace on three lives. But I finally finished a game I have always wanted to beat. Expand
  5. Jun 27, 2012
    As a HUGE fan of TLOZ , the biggest flop started with Zelda II , and I'm not saying it's wrong at all but it doesn't feel like a true TLOZ experience . Even with this port , it doesn't do anything significantly dramatic to make it better. Still for TLOZ fans it's worth a try . Expand
  6. Sep 6, 2012
    I like The Legend of Zelda games, but not this one. The gameplay is too different from the other games of the franchise, just like western Super Mario Bros. 2. Also, it's difficulty is extremely high even for it's time, making it rather a frustrating than a fun experience. I recommend almost every Zelda game except this one. Expand

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