First released in 1989, Zelda II was the sequal to the hugely successful Zelda I. The product of Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo hoped that their next part of the Zelda saga would sell just as well. It was revolutionary in its design, an interesting concept of combining a traditional overhead rpg with the side-scrolling action of a platform game, a genre which happened to be hugely popular at the time thanks to games such as Metroid.
Sadly, not all people were inclined to like this new style of play, even though the game was extremely good in its own right. However,the most loyal fans didn't hasten to add this little gem to their collection, and indeed, although it may not have the popularity of it's prequel and sequel, it still has a special place amongst its fans. Daringly different, full of new challenges and immensely playable, Zelda II is definitely a must-have game for the NES. It is my favourite in the series due to the huge challenge and vast playing area. Not only can Link learn different styles of fighting, but now he can also cast magic spells and with an abundance of items to collect and mini-quests to participate in, AoL will keep even the best of gamers playing for hours.
The game was later released on the GameCube as part of the exclusive 'Collectors Disk' in 2003 and then later on as part of the 'NES Classic Series' in 2004 on the GameBoy Advance. It has been available to play on the Wii Virtual Console since 2007.
Title: Zelda II - The Adventure of Link
Year Released: 1989 (re-released in 1992)
Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Cartridge Size: 2 MB
The land of Hyrule is in chaos. Link is chosen to retrieve the hidden third Triforce, Courage, from the hidden Great Palace and battle his greatest nemesis to date. Only he can save Zelda from the sleeping spell she is under. However with Ganon's minions on the loose trying to avenge the death of their master, it isn't an easy task for Hyrule's destined hero...
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