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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Package Art
GENRE
Action-RPG
DEVELOPER
Nintendo
PUBLISHER
Nintendo
NUMBER OF PLAYERS
1
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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

To be honest, the last time I played Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was way back in the late 80's when the game was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System. I never really paid it much heed thereafter. Even when the game was released on the Zelda Collector's Disc, I managed to ignore it and check out the other offerings. After checking it out in the recent Classic NES Series, I can definitely say that it's an overlooked and underrated title in the Zelda chronicles.

visuals

Zelda II is definitely a unique take on the series and it shows through the character and enemy design. Everything created here is simple, but the game still maintains the overall charm and character of the Zelda franchise. The game is dated and isn't hardly as memorable as the original. In fact, if you put the two side by side, they're immediately distinguishable from each other.

audio

One of the best things regarding this red-haired stepchild is the music. The 8-bit tunes are some of the best in the series and offer up some epic retro symphonies. The sound effects, on the other hand, are rather bland and uninspired.

gameplay

So Princess Zelda falls prey to Ganon's mischievous plot and it's once again up to Link, the green tights-wearing fairy, to save the day. While the game still puts Link in the top-down perspective, it's when things go side-scroller that changes the design of the series entirely. Bringing action and RPG elements together, Link traverses the land of Hyrule trudging through battle encounter after battle encounter to get stronger and find useful items like heart containers. After all, one must be at full strength to take on the world. The side-scrolling dungeons and battles put the game into more of a platformer setting than an actual action game. Thankfully, there's plenty of Hyrule to explore, so it's still a bit of an adventure. The whole experience is still fun, if not completely foreign to the series as a whole. Within the Classic NES Series, it's a more than welcome entry and it's certainly not the worst of the small library.

multiplayer

N/A

overall

Zelda II is easily one of the strangest games to come out for the NES. I have to say that I was surprised how good the game actually was and how badly the game gets trashed nowadays. Sure, it may be the worst in the series of Zelda titles, but it's by no means a bad game. Check it out if you must, or pick it up to complete your collection.

final score 7.2/10





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