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Nowhere to run but left and right in this Zelda game--and it's a masterpiece NES J. P. Gray (111)
Definitely the most challenging Zelda NES J O (9)
Will last you a long time NES Pixelspeech (949)
Is that a child in your pocket? NES Adzuken (818)
Not That Bad Actually NES MasterMegid (896)
A lackluster game when it comes to other games in the series, but it's still one of the better games on the NES. NES JohnLennon224 (16)
Clearly a separate WIP title with Zelda IP added in late development NES Zaghadka (68)
The game that should never have come out. NES skl (1134)
The toughest Zelda release NES cinthya gomez (2)

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Platform Votes Score
Game Boy Advance 21 3.5
NES 108 3.6
Nintendo 3DS 6 3.6
Wii 11 2.8
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Combined User Score 146 3.6

Critic Reviews

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NESNES Archives (Mar 09, 2008)
First, go beat both quests of The Legend of Zelda. Then go pick up this game. If you are only going to own 20 games for the NES this definitely should be one of them. It combines all the best elements of RPGs, adventure games and sidescrollers to provide one of the most fun experiences on the NES.
NES1UP! (Feb 05, 2007)
Modeste jeu 8 bit, Zelda II n'en est pas moins colossal. C'est un Action RPG exemplaire, sans aucun doute le meilleur en vue latérale, et il aura fallu attendre Secret of Mana pour voir enfin arriver un autre titre captivant dans ce genre assez discret, qui, pourtant, quand réussi, produit des résultats passionnants en mariant les deux plus beaux genres que le jeu vidéo nous ait donné, l'action et le jeu de rôle. Il y a une finesse dans Zelda II, une richesse, des pans de perfection plutôt qu'une perfection complète, cela touche tout, y compris la notice, qui est superbe.
NESQuebec Gamers (Aug 18, 2006)
Un changement majeur depuis le premier Zelda. Mais comme son prédécesseur, c'est un jeu extrêmement bien balancé dans tout son ensemble et il se classe comme un des meilleurs jeux NES.
92 (Dec, 2005)
It's sad that this game wasn't more loved by players. Had it been, Nintendo might have been more encouraged to inject some originality into their other franchises. But even as the black sheep, The Adventure of Link deserves a place among its brothers, and the same respect.
91 (Feb, 2014)
Exploring the nooks and crannies of Hyrule is far more engaging, and while the dungeons lack the moody oppressiveness of the original’s, they’re no less compelling to explore. Frustrating combat mechanics be damned, Zelda II is the rare sequel that innovates successfully without destroying the previous game’s foundation.
NESThe Video Game Critic (Apr 05, 2008)
I found the controls confusing at times, especially when it comes to the magic. Also it doesn't feel quite right to initiate a conversation with a townsfolk by hitting them with your sword. In terms of presentation, the graphics are well defined and the triumphant musical score is classic stuff. The third Zelda (Link to the Past, SNES, 1992) returned the series to the overhead style, giving some the impression that Zelda 2 was a misstep for the series. It was not. Zelda 2: Adventure of Link is immensely captivating and addictively fun. If not for the steep difficulty, I might even prefer this to the original game.
This is an absolute must for anyone who likes a large measure of RPG and adventure with their arcade game. Of the still relatively small number of games available for the Nintendo in the UK, Zelda II is definitely one of the top five.
NESJoystick (French) (May, 1990)
Souvenez-vous, c'était il y a très longtemps, un soft superbe, répondant au doux nom de Zelda, apparaissait sur nos consoles chéries. La différence essentielle entre le cinéma et la micro réside dans le temps que met le n°II pour sortir sur les écrans: au ciné, ça va drôlement plus vite, puisque souvent, sûr du succès, les deux films sont tournés en même temps. Si Nintendo avait deviné l'extraordinaire succès de Zelda, il est fort probable que la suite serait venue plus tôt.
NESAll Game Guide (1988)
In the end, although many prefer the original Zelda design over Zelda II, The Adventures of Link has always been a classic for Zelda fans everywhere.
NESRetroage (Jan 12, 2013)
Podsumowując, Zelda II: Adventure of Link jest zdecydowanie grą inną, niż wszystkie pozostałe części z tej serii. To również pozycja trudniejsza i wymagająca poświęcenia większej ilości czasu, szczególnie na żmudne levelowanie postaci. Można śmiało powiedzieć, że jest to twór bardzo specyficzny jak na produkt wprost od Nintendo, co nie oznacza jednak wcale, że gorszy. Nie warto zrażać się wprowadzeniem tak wielu innowacyjnych zmian, dlatego polecam serdecznie Zelda II: Adventure of Link fanom serii i nie tylko.
NESTilt (Jun, 1990)
Et voilà Link reparti pour de nouvelles aventures ! Après le succès mondial de la Légende de Zelda, le retour de ce héros n'étonnera personne. Légèrement inférieur à son modèle, ce programme est cependant une réussite.
NESVideo Games (Mar, 1991)
Action mit Tiefgang wird geboten: Eure Geschicklichkeit wird bei vielen Kämpfen erprobt, aber man muß auch magische Kräfte einsetzen, um alle Geheimnisse zu entdecken.
NESPower Play (Jul, 1988)
Wer The Legend of Zelda mochte, wird Zelda II heiß und innig lieben. Neben noch mehr Spielwitz wurden vor allem Grafik und Musik deutlich gegenüber dem Vorgänger aufgepeppt. Zelda II ist zwar sehr schwierig, aber immer fair gegenüber dem Spieler. Alle Rätsel kann man durch logisches Denken und Einfallsreichtum (schon mal versucht, ein Haus durch den Kamin zu betreten?) lösen. Obwohl ich an manchen Gegnern fast verzweifelt bin, habe ich nicht aufgegeben. Ab und zu mal eine Tasse Kaffee oder eine Handvoll Kartoffelchips - länger konnte mich niemand von dem Modul trennen. Kein Nintendo-Besitzer sollte sich dieses fantastische Spiel entgehen lassen.
Game Boy AdvanceArmchair Empire, The (Jan 09, 2005)
This is the only Zelda game I can think of that used experience points to level-up. Other than that, you’re dealing with a typical (and engrossing) Legend of Zelda experience. The action switches between an overhead map with random monster encounters and side-scrolling fighting with familiar enemies and items putting in appearances.
Game Boy AdvancePlay Magazine (2004)
It may be considered the bastard offspring of the Zelda franchise thanks to its radical departure from the original formula—magic, an experience system and side-scrolling action are the highlights—but Zelda II is, in fact, a great adventure. It’s this combination of unique elements that creates an action-RPG experience unlike any other, and it still holds up well today.
WiiIGN (Jun 04, 2007)
It's little touches like that, along with the game's tight, precise control and incredibly intimidating challenge factor that make this Adventure a hit. Zelda II is just a great game, and playing it again today makes it hard to understand why it's been so chastised for the past 20 years. Nintendo clearly recognizes its worth, selecting it as the standard-bearer to be the 100th game on the Virtual Console. Now you should give it a chance, too. For only 500 Wii Points, it's a spectacular, underappreciated value. Nobody likes Zelda II – but that's not true. And maybe, now, that perspective will change.
NESRPGFan (Apr 14, 2001)
I think Zelda 2 was pushed aside simply because it was something that no one expected. In actuality, it was a great game that gave you a nasty challenge while still proving to be entertaining.
WiiGaming since 198x (Dec 23, 2010)
Pas le plus beau des Zelda, pas forcément le plus riche, mais un mélange d'action et d'aventure très loin d'être dégueu. Si vous avez vraiment envie de vous emmerder sur un Zelda, n'hésitez pas plutôt à prendre Spirit Tracks.
NESGaming since 198x (Dec 23, 2010)
Pas le plus beau des Zelda, pas forcément le plus riche, mais un mélange d'action et d'aventure très loin d'être dégueu. Si vous avez vraiment envie de vous emmerder sur un Zelda, n'hésitez pas plutôt à prendre Spirit Tracks.
WiiGaming Target (Jun 28, 2007)
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is simply different, and that is not always a bad thing. There was a propensity upon its initial release to simply turn the game off because of these differences. However, video games have changed a lot in the last twenty years and players have become more open minded. Is Zelda II an underappreciated classic? I’m still on the fence. But, as Reading Rainbow’s Levar Burton used to say “But… you don’t have to take my word for it.” The game is definitely worth the $5 (500 Wii points) for players to find their own answer to this question.
NESNES Times (Jan 05, 2009)
When all is said and done, Zelda II is a good game that could have been done better. This title does offer a nice twist to the Zelda franchise and has some good features that carried over to the later titles. While the problems with starting over are frustrating and could have been addressed, there is still enough enjoyable gameplay to keep you going. Many gamers consider Zelda II to be the black sheep of the series, but if you give it a chance you'll find it still proves to be a fine adventure on the NES.
NESGame Freaks 365 (2005)
It is often called the black sheep of the Zelda series. It is also often called the worst game in the Zelda series. But let me say this; if Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is the worst game in the Zelda series, that is a testament to the high quality of the series as a whole, because it certainly cannot be an insult to this game. Many fans of The Legend of Zelda were outraged by this game, but wrongfully so. This game, as much as any other, deserves to be named as a good entry into the world of gaming.
NESNintendo Land (2003)
Adventure of Link the Zelda game that could have been groundbreaking.This game could have been the best nes game ever.Instead this game qualifys under the rank "Good".Now this game would have probaly gotten a even lower score if I wasn't such a hardcore Zelda fan. This game veers away from the traditional overhead view that we have come to expect from our rpg's.
WiiRPGFan (Aug 21, 2007)
Zelda II is a unique installment in the series. It is also an unusually difficult installment, having many elements to frustrate the player while incorporating harsh punishment. It is not an amazing game, but is a game that should be tried once. For 500 Wii points, it's worth a shot, especially if you like a crazy challenge.
NESTotal! (Germany) (Jan, 1995)
Technisch ist gegen das Spiel nichts zu sagen: Zwar flackert es manchmal etwas, wenn allzuviel Action auf dem Bildschirm ist, damit kann man jedoch leben. Die Story hat nichts an Reiz verloren, auch können Grafik und Soundtrack immer nach begeistern. Wenn Ihr günstig an diesen Klassiker kommen könnt, dann schlagt ganz einfach ohne Bedenken zu
Game Boy (Jan 12, 2005)
Un jeu rétro qui obtient la note de 15/20 ce n'est pas courant, mais si ça ne tenait qu'à moi, je lui aurais mis beaucoup plus. Zelda 2 est l'exemple type du jeu dans lequel il faut s'investir totalement pour en entrevoir tout le potentiel. Le gameplay est un modèle d'intelligence et de précision, et je ne connais rien d'aussi palpitant que les duels avec les chevaliers. La refonte totale du système de jeu opérée après Zelda 1 a donné vie à un titre à part dans la série, mais tout aussi culte, si ce n'est plus !
NESFamily Friendly Gaming (Feb, 2017)
Prices for Zelda II The Adventures of Link can be high since it is a sought after game. There are plenty of walkthroughs out there to help gamers that get stuck. Zelda II The Adventures of Link is also known to be very difficult in certain parts.
NESRandom Access (2005)
This definitely feels like the black sheep of the Zelda series -- it is the only game with experience points, the ability to learn and cast spells (as far as I know, although it's not the only game with a magic meter), and it's the only game that focuses so heavily on side-scrolling combat (occasionally, Link's Awakening for Game Boy delves into this territory, but only on specific occasions). I would also say that this is not a Zelda game for the faint-hearted or for those without decent hand-eye coordination. The difficulty level of this game is rather high, so with the exception of the prodigy child, children will likely be unable to complete this game. Leave it to the older crowd (me, the twenty-two year old who still has difficulty with even the most basic of controller functions) to finish this crazy adventure. Still, regardless of the stigma that this game has endured over the years, there is still much fun to be had with it.
Game Boy AdvanceNintendojo (2004)
Zelda II is easily one of the strangest games to come out for the NES. I have to say that I was surprised how good the game actually was and how badly the game gets trashed nowadays. Sure, it may be the worst in the series of Zelda titles, but it's by no means a bad game. Check it out if you must, or pick it up to complete your collection.
NESMegablast (1992)
Begleitmusik und FX klingen auch bei der Fortsetzung nicht mehr taufrisch, die ehemals arg karge Grafik hat sich dagegen sichtbar gesteigert. Vorbildlich ist auch die Handhabung — die Steuerung ist einwandfrei, die Anleitung in schönstem Deutsch, und die drei Spielstände werden dank eingebauter Batterien auch hier fünf Jahre lang gespeichert. Freunde anspruchsvoller Actionadventures sind bei Zelda und Link also bestens aufgehoben!
70 (UK) (Jun 15, 2007)
It's easy to see why this entry has fallen between the cracks, and also why they switched back to the old ways for Link to the Past, but this still offers decent adventuring and at 500 points is worth having. You should probably play all the others first though.
NESLegendra (Feb 07, 2009)
Si ce Zelda est surprenant, surtout du fait de son gameplay, il n'en demeure pas moins de qualité. Bien que la difficulté soit présente du premier au dernier pas, elle n'est pas insurmontable. Cette aventure aux sept palais mérite qu'on parte à sa rencontre.
WiiNintendo Life (Feb 10, 2007)
If you take it for what it is, the game is actually very entertaining. Sure it does have its share of flaws and lacks the timeless quality of the other Zelda games, but compared to many other NES titles, it stands up quite well over time.
Game Boy AdvanceIGN (Oct 26, 2004)
Zelda II, like the original Legend of Zelda, has been available for free on the GameCube through the Zelda Collection disk, but the Classic NES Series version's the only official way to get this adventure in portable form. It's a recommended, and playable, adventure even today, but don't expect the same gameplay from the truly classic Zelda titles.
Game Boy Advance64 Power / big.N / N Games (Mar, 2005)
Trotz der etwas ungewohnten Aufmachung hat der vernachlässigte Teil der Serie durchaus seine guten Seiten. Die Zufallskämpfe auf der weitläufigen Weltkarte etwa (ja, richtig, Weltkarte) sind nicht annähernd so entnervend wie vermutet und auch die Paläste zeichnen sich durch intelligentes Design und nett gemachte Rätsel aus. Leider haben sich ein paar üble Schnitzer eingeschlichen, die vor allem die Textausgabe betreffen. Sagen wir mal so: „Krieg Kerze in Parapapalast Westen“ ist nicht gerade das, was wir uns unter einer informativen Konversation vorstelle.
WiiGameSpot (Jun 05, 2007)
Link has had a lot of adventures over the years, though none have inspired such wildly varied reactions as Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. The Nintendo Entertainment System sequel to the original Legend of Zelda, Zelda II eschewed the top-down dungeon crawling nature of the first game and went sideways, essentially turning the game into an action role-playing game/platformer hybrid. Some people loved the new direction of the series, and some reviled it. The truth was probably somewhere in the middle. Now the debate over Zelda II's place within the series can be fought all over again because the game has come to the Wii Virtual Console. Its unusual design and sometimes clunky mechanics don't hold up nearly as well as any of the other Zelda games re-released for the Virtual Console. But Zelda II still makes for an interesting history lesson, and the game itself is decent enough to make it worth its $5 price.
Nintendo 3DSDefunct Games (Nov 23, 2012)
The real problem is that the new perspective limits the Zelda formula in some really unfortunate ways. Dungeons are no longer impressive, items aren't as important and the storytelling takes a back seat to clumsy platforming. And yet, despite all of the problems, there's an argument to be made for owning Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. This isn't a bad or boring game, but it's also not up to the quality you've come to expect from the Zelda franchise.
Game Boy AdvanceRetro Gamer (Feb, 2005)
The translation of the game to the GBA is perfect though, and the game is reproduced faithfully, so hardcore fans will love it. But, for just a tenner more you can grab hold of the infinitely better Minish Cap, or even classic Super Nintendo port, A Link to the Past, which we’d recommend for most GBA owners.
NESDragon (Oct, 1993)
As sometimes happens with sequels, it is, alas, inferior to its predecessor, though still lots of fun.
NESLens of Truth (Aug 28, 2011)
When it comes to Zelda games, this installment is most definitely the weakest Link (pun intended). Zelda II seems to have everything it needs to be a complete and enjoyable adventure, but it seems that nothing was put together how it should have been. With a much more linear game play and highly frustrating obstacles that are unnecessary in the long run, I can’t recommend this game to anyone other than die hard fans of the series. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t like the game is unplayable nor is it the worst game out there. I will however say that there are much better and more enjoyable games out there to invest your time into.
Game Boy AdvanceCheat Code Central (2004)
Although 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.
Game Boy Advance1UP (Nov 03, 2004)
Even with its irregularities and flaws, Zelda II is still a good old-fashioned Nintendo adventure, and as such still comes off as a quality piece of work. It's certainly the least classic chapter of its series, but a lacking Zelda game is still pretty entertaining. Adventure of Link might be more for completists than its predecessor was, but you can certainly find plenty here to keep you busy for some time.
Wii UFNintendo (Nov 25, 2013)
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link é mal amado até pelos fãs da série. Tem uma abordagem muito diferente que quase o faz parecer um "não-Zelda", dentro da medida do possível. O desenho dos níveis é fraco, o que faz com que não seja um jogo de plataformas muito trabalhado, mas também não é um RPG de grande profundidade. Busca um pouco de ambos e infelizmente não se destaca em nenhuma das partes. No entanto, para quem gosta de desafios este sem dúvida que oferece uma boa luta. Quem já terminou todos os Megaman e passou as fases infernais de Ghosts 'n Goblins tem aqui um duelo que vale a pena travar, com o ecrã de Game Over a surgir várias vezes, acompanhado pela silhueta ameaçadora de Ganon.
40 (Mar 12, 2007)
Nachdem er im ersten Teil die Blaupause für ein neues Genre namens “Action-Adventure” geliefert hatte, verfolgte Miyamoto für den Nachfolger auf einmal und ohne große Not einen klassischen Sidescroller-Ansatz. Markenzeichen wie Bogen und Bumerang wurden durch ein simples Magiesystem ersetzt und auch sonst konnte man sich nur verwundert am Kopf kratzen, wieso so viele Errungenschaften aus Links Debüt nicht auch für das Sequel berücksichtigt wurden. Insgesamt nicht schlecht – aber auch nicht wirklich Zelda!
NESJust Games Retro (Apr 07, 2007)
If you like leveling up by hacking your way through countless repetitive enemies, if you like spending most of your time traveling to your objective rather than completing it, if random encounters make you all gooey inside, please enjoy Zelda II. I won’t think less of you. If, however, these are the same qualities that have kept you away from RPGs in general, give this one a pass. I’m willing to concede that there may be an enjoyable experience here, but if so, it takes a lot more time to find than I was willing to give.