Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
DeveloperNintendo EAD
PublisherNintendo
SystemsFDS, NES, GameCube, GBA, Wii, 3DS, Wii U, NES Classic Edition
ReleasedFDS: January 14, 1987
NES AU/EU: September 26, 1988
NES NA: December 1, 1988
GC: November 17, 2003
GBA: February 14, 2004
Wii: December 2, 2006
3DS: December 22, 2011
Wii U: August 28, 2013
NES CE: November 10, 2016
Switch Online: October 10, 2018
Added to
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NES CE: June 22, 2017
Famicom Mini: August 10, 2017

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was first released for the Family Computer Disk System by Nintendo in 1987. It is the second game in The Legend of Zelda series. As part of one of Nintendo's most popular franchises, it was brought to most of Nintendo's subsequent systems, either as ports or through emulation.

Story

Zelda, the princess of the Kingdom of Hyrule, is in a magic slumber.

The hero, Link, must find a way to wake her from her sleep, as his failure to do so will bring upon the return of the evil Ganon.

Development

The Legend of Zelda was directed and designed by Tadashi Sugiyama and Yasuhisa Yamamura. As with the first game, Shigeru Miyamoto produced the game and Takashi Tezuka wrote the story and script.

Versions of the game

As part of one of Nintendo's most popular franchises, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link has been brought to many different systems, both through traditional game ports and through emulation.

It was first released for the Family Computer Disk System in 1987. It then was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988.

The game was then released on the GameCube in 2003 as part of The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition and was ported to the Game Boy Advance as part of the Classic NES Series in 2004. An emulated version of the NES version was released for the Virtual Console on Wii in 2006. It was released on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in 2011, and on the Wii U Virtual Console in 2013.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was also included as one of the 30 games in the NES Classic Edition miniature video game console, that emulated NES games and resembled a miniature NES, in 2016.

It was included in 2019 as part of the NES games for the Switch Online service in 2019. A version of the NES game with several powerups enabled from the beginning was released as Zelda II: The Adventures of Link SP was also included as part of the NES games for the Switch Online service.