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.