Love it or hate it, there’s no denying it’s a part of gaming history; now, new generations and retro enthusiasts alike can give a quizzical stare at the infamous Zelda II: The Adventure of Link as the NES title hits the Wii U’s Virtual Console today in the Nintendo eShop.
The Legend of Zelda in its original gold cartridge was a sweeping hit for the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System, and when Zelda II was announced, many had very high hopes for the game. What gamers discovered was that their top-down adventure game had turned into a sidescroller, with a life bar instead of hearts, a bar for magic, and experience points? What was this, Dragon Warrior? Some found the new gameplay a refreshing challenge, adding RPG elements to the land of Hyrule; others cried out to mourn their original dungeon-laden adventure.
Ultimately the Super Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past returned to the top-down perspective, but retained certain elements of Zelda II, most notably Link’s use of magic.
The original sequel finds itself on the Wii U eShop today. Those trying to prevent Ganon from reawakening can download the title for $4.99.
Also available on the Wii U eShop: an updated version of Toki Tori 2 with additional puzzles, music, and landscapes titled Toki Tori 2+; new to the 3DS eShop, Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo, Bike Rider DX, and the football game that paved the way for the over-saturation of the Madden franchise, Tecmo Bowl.
This Sunday, The Wonderful 101 will be available on digital download on the Wii U eShop on the same day as its retail launch, September 15.
Ryan Bates is a native of Southern California currently in a love/hate relationship with Las Vegas, Nevada. (It’s complicated.) Ryan is a Nintendiehard but does not discriminate against other consoles. He is also involved with the growing Gaymer movement.
When not gaming, Ryan enjoys boxing, trying out new foods, and theme parks, and has a sick yet totally radical fascination with ’80s and ’90s pop culture.