Posted on June 1, 2007, William Zelda 2 Will Be The 100th VC Game in North America
Retro gaming is in. Gamers around the globe download the old classics at a rate of approximately 1,000 per hour since the launch of XBLA and VC. The great news coming up this week is that Monday’s VC release should include Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link making it the 100th North American Virtual Console title.
I can’t think of a series that deserves it more than Zelda. Take note that I used the word “should” above. We’ve been hoodwinked by Nintendo leaks in the past that turned out to be bogus, so at this point I would call the rumor probable. Zelda 2 was one of the first platform-RPG-ish games on a console that I recall. I will definitely be excited to take another round at Zelda 2 after going so many years without it.
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Wikipedia: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, released in Japan as The Legend of Zelda 2: Link no Bouken (The Legend of Zelda 2 Ã£Æ’ªÃ£Æ’³Ã£â€š¯Ã£®Ã¥â€ ’Ã©â„¢º, Za Rejendo obu Zeruda Ts Rinku no Bouken?, lit. “The Legend of Zelda 2: Adventure of Link”), is a video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and the second title in the Legend of Zelda series. It was originally released in Japan on the Famicom Disk System less than a year after the release of the original Legend of Zelda, and converted to the NES cartridge format when released in the United States and other countries in 1988. It was later re-released in 2003 in The Legend of Zelda: Collector’s Edition for the Nintendo GameCube, again in 2004 as part of the Classic NES Series for Game Boy Advance, and once more for the Virtual Console on June 4, 2007.
Zelda II is a direct sequel to the original Legend of Zelda, and again involves the protagonist Link (now 16 years old) on a quest to save a new Princess Zelda who has fallen under a sleeping spell. Zelda II’s emphasis on side-scrolling and RPG-style elements, however, was a significant change from its predecessor (The Legend of Zelda) and has given it the common reputation as the “black sheep” of the series. Nonetheless, the game was highly successful and introduced many elements that would become commonplace in future Zelda games. It was followed in 1992 by The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for the Super NES.