When Sequels Strike – Nintendo – Zelda II: The Adventure of Link – 1988

 

Zelda II: The Adventures of Link
1988
Nintendo
Genre: Role-playing Platformer

I couldn’t tell you what Nintendo was thinking back in the day when it came to sequels.  I could wager a bet that they were about innovation, as it seems that way with everything they do, but the second game of almost every one of their earlier series winds up being immensely different from the first before the third game returns to the original formula.  Super Mario Brothers and Castlevania spring to mind as prime examples.  Among their ilk is Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.  Much like the other series mentioned, The Legend of Zelda was a tour de force, even when it first arrived on the scene, and The Adventures of Link is widely considered a black sheep and (pardon the pun) a weak link, especially considering that the third game in the series was so well regarded.  Does the game deserve all of the nay saying it gets?

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