Legend of Zelda was probably the best offering of
the last batch of Classic NES games. Zelda II: The
Adventures of Link retains all of the details of the
original sequel but if you recall, this game was not
welcomed with open arms when it was first released
in the 80s. Zelda II took the Zelda gameplay in a
new direction that fans weren't too ecstatic about.
2 is still a good game but the focus is more on platforming
and action than the dungeon crawling RPG experience
that is a hallmark of the series. It still retained
many RPG elements and even expanded on them by allowing
you for the first time to avoid random battles. Instead
of a top-down view, Zelda 2 is a side scroller. It's
like a very difficult arcade game. The enemies are
tough and the platform levels are frustrating.
must rescue the princess from her endless slumber,
induced by the evil Ganon. To do so he must do battle
with the creatures that have overrun Hyrule. Link
will level up through experience points which will
give him greater strength and abilities, although
the challenge of the game also increases at a similar
rate so it's not always apparent that you've gained
any new powers.
only will you use your sword for protection but this
version introduces magic spells which take the place
of other weapons and items. You'll either love or
hate this concept - and it seems that most did hate
it. But that was then. Many of the elements that Zelda
2 introduced are now standard in most RPGs.
the game is ridiculous. It's so bad that it's not
even worth freaking on. The Zelda theme is prominent
throughout and brings back fond memories. It's amazing
what you can do with 8 bits. Now if only they would
have spent 2 bits on the graphics. That's a joke,
kids. Don't yell at me.
Zelda 2 was included in the Cube compilation package,
this is the only GBA version available. 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.