Video Game Review
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Nintendo Entertainment System
Developed by: Nintendo
Published by: Nintendo
There’s a lot of undue criticism thrown towards Nintendo’s Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Because it’s so drastically different from previous Zelda titles both before and after its release that some turn their head at it. However, at the time of its release, it wasn’t like there was much of a precedent set. While the original Legend or Zelda was quite different from its sequel, many sequels on the NES seemed like radical departures from pre-set notions of what their games were supposed to be (Super Mario Bros. 2 is a perfect example of this). With that being said, Zelda II is a great game. It has a near-perfect blend of RPG and platforming elements. It provides some of the most intense gameplay on the system. Still, it has its issues. Grinding is a necessary evil in this game and the score, while decent, is forgettable. Otherwise, it’s one of the better games on the NES.