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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
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Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Series The Legend of Zelda
Platform(s) Famicom Disk System, NES, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console
Release date(s) NES version
JP January 14, 1987
PAL November 26, 1988
NA December 1988
GBA version
JP August 10, 2004
NA October 25, 2004
PAL January 7, 2005
Virtual Console version
JP January 23, 2007PAL February 9, 2007
NA June 4, 2007
Genre(s) Action-adventure, action role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) ESRB: E
Media Floppy disk (FDS version), Cartridge (NES, GBA version)
Input methods NES controller

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is an adventure-role-playing video game made by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System game console.


The main hero of the series, Link, finds out that Princess Zelda has gone under a deep sleep after a fight with a wizard. While trying to find crystals to awaken Zelda, Link also fights off followers of Ganon, who are trying to bring him back to life.


The gameplay of The Adventure of Link is very different from the rest of the series. It is a role-playing game where the player gains experience and levels up stats. The map is also different; the overworld is a birds-eye view, while smaller maps are side scrolling where the player moves only left and right.


Shigeru Miyamoto wanted to have a very different game than the first game, The Legend of Zelda. While Miyamoto was still the producer of the game, it was developed by new people than before. Instead of keeping a view from above, Zelda II has a side-view of the game when fighting enemies or exploring dungeons. The game was originally developed for the Famicom, but was released on worldwide systems after.


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