Role Playing Games- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link: (1987)

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was the second installment in the Zelda series which was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987.  The Adventure of Link was very different from The Legend of Zelda in terms of gameplay.  While the Legend of Zelda allowed players to combat enemies in overworld maps Adventure of Link present a 2D side scrolling battle system similar to that of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES.  The Adventure of Link allowed individuals to travel to different parts of Hyrule on the overworld map where players can engage in battles if they ran into shadowy figures while travelling.  If you have been a gamer throughout the 80’s and 90’s you would realize that the overworld map feature of this game is very similar to that of the Pokemon games featured on Game Boy.  Many people would be inclined to agree that The Adventure of Link was a tougher game to beat than the Legend of Zelda which was also very difficult.

But despite how difficult this game was it provide Link with more abilities in terms of melee & magic attacks to help you to complete the game in its entirety.  The Adventures of Link had also includes a magic meter and a new life bar on the top of the screen opposed to the multiple hearts you were give in the previous game.  Along with improved mechanics the Adventure of Link had featured a pretty cool soundtrack that really got people into the game especially during the parts where they had to travel into dungeons.  The Palace theme was epic and is considered to be one of the most memorable soundtracks in gaming history.  A remake of the Palace theme has been featured games such as Super Smash Bros Melee and it truly captures the larger than life feeling of the Adventure of Link while providing nostalgia for this 1987 NES classic.

The plot in this game is slightly different and features a new main antagonist named “Dark Link”.   In Adventures of Link several crystals must be collected and returned to six different palaces in Hyrule in order to retrieve the Tri-Force of courage to awaken Zelda who was placed under a deep sleep due to having a magic spell placed on her.  Since its release Zelda II: The Adventure of Link has sold at least 5 million units world wide and was also re-released for other consoles such as Game Boy Advance.  The Adventure of Link may have not been the best Zelda game in the series but it was a very innovative title that stood out from the rest of the series.

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