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Legend of Zelda Winter Solstice

Hack of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Description:

“THE MEMORY OF GANON FADES. BUT, ON THE LONGEST,DARKEST DAY,THE WINTER SOLSTICE, HE IS ABLE TO ONCE MORE TAKE PHYSICAL FORM AND COVER THE LAND IN TERROR AND ANGUISH. OUR HERO MUST DESTROY THE DARKNESS, SAVE ZELDA, AND SEAL OFF EVIL WITH THE HELP OF THE TRIFORCE IN ANOTHER ADVENTURESOME QUEST….1987 NINTENDO”

What’s new

  • palaces
  • maps
  • gfx
  • music
  • bigger areas
  • dialogue
  • puzzles
  • story

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Zelda II - The Adventure of Link (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20180803-121122)
  • File SHA-1: 353489A57F24A429572E76BD455BC51D821F7036
  • File CRC32: E3C788B0
  • ROM SHA-1: 11333ADB723A5975E0ECCA3AEE8F4747AA8D2D26
  • ROM CRC32: BA322865

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Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
itemdropDesignDesign
CF207HackingPrimary hacking and ASM work
BentGlassTubeMusicMusic

User Review Information

Great Love Letter to Zelda 2

Reviewed By: EnchantressOfNumbers on 24 Feb 2020

Right off the bat, the redone graphics are really well done. This game feels like a love letter to Zelda 2. When playing Zelda 2 as a kid, I remember it as a very difficult game and this definitely brings back that nostalgic feeling for me. This game is tough, but it’s definitely beatable.

As a Zelda 2 speedrunner and a fan of Kaizo Mario hacks, this feels kind of like the first solid example of a good, difficult Zelda 2 hack. I wouldn’t really consider this a kaizo hack, but like kaizo I would say that this hack isn’t made for everyone, and that’s okay. To enjoy this hack, expect it to be difficult, expect some trolls, expect to get stuck on some of the puzzles - take your time and just enjoy it.

I’ve seen people complaining that this game can only be beaten with save states - if that’s how you can best enjoy the game, do that, but it’s by no means necessary. The game feels difficult but overall fair. Knowing that the creator of this hack is also a Zelda 2 speedrunner gives some insight into the design and difficulty of the hack.

The palace designs were very creative, especially on Eastern Hyrule. I love how the different map sections blend together almost seamlessly so it feels like a much larger map than it actually is instead of the 4 distinct areas that there are in the vanilla game. For a game that has so many more limitations on what you can do in a hack (compared to SNES games, for example), this game has some very good and creative puzzles.

I hope this hack inspires more people to make complete Z2 hacks.

Version 1.1 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Great Love Letter to Zelda 2EnchantressOfNumbers24 Feb 20201.1Yes
The best Zelda 2 hackScorpion__Max24 Feb 20201.1Yes
A frustrating waste of timegamedominator0621 Feb 20201.1No
Such Potential Marred By Bad Design ChoicesSapphireDrew26 Mar 20201.1No
Overratedazeryn18 Feb 20201.1No
Was skeptical, but impressedKevvyLava21 Feb 20201.1Yes
A great hackAntii8508 Feb 20201.1Yes
Excellent and beautifulriiyak06 Feb 20201.1Yes
Very cool mod that really goes the extra mile!lexluthermiester06 Feb 20201.1Yes