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The Legend of Zelda: Shadow of Night

Hack of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Description:

A completely new Zelda II adventure!

Long ago, a curse was cast upon the land of Hyrule. This darkness gave rise to the minions of Ganon, allowing them to overrun Forests, Towns, and Meadows.

Deep within the forest lives our young hero, Link. Guide Link across the vast Kingdom of Hyrule, and defeat the ominous shadow!

What’s New?

  • World Maps!
  • Dungeons!
  • GFX!
  • Music!
  • New Spell!
  • Experience Curve!
  • More areas to explore!
  • More treasure!
  • More Zelda!

Easy Version:

  • Enemies deal 1x damage.
  • Start with 6 lives.
  • Link’s sword is stronger.
  • Life spell costs 50% less magic at all levels.
  • Beginning town has a magic refill lady.

Hard Version:

  • Enemies deal 2x damage.
  • Start with 4 lives.
  • Link’s sword is weaker.
  • Life spell costs 50% less magic at level 8.

While the majority of the hack was done by me, there are new surprises to find thanks to the efforts of others. Trax helped out a lot with programming and created a new spell! He also helped with improving enemies to make them more fierce! Beware of the bots. :P Enjoy the new Overworld Music thanks to optomon. He composed it perfectly and it really enhances the Zelda feel!

To everyone that helped, THANK YOU! Trax, JaSp, HylianFox, ocw, Dwedit, Ice Ranger, Jigglysaint, Googie, optomon.

This is the biggest Zelda II hack, yet! Enjoy! :D

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Zelda II - The Adventure of Link (U) [!].nes - GOODNES 3.14
  • CRC32: E3C788B0
  • MD5: 764D36FA8A2450834DA5E8194281035A
  • SHA-1: 353489A57F24A429572E76BD455BC51D821F7036
  • SHA-256: AD8C0FBCF092BF84B48E69FD3964EEA4ED91BFE62ABC352943D537979782680C

Links:

Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
the_icepenguinHacking
JaSpGraphicsOverworld animation
TraxHackingDash spell & enemy routines
OptomonMusicComposed the new music for the Overworld

User Review Information

Great potential but too much back tracking

Reviewed By: reMACKARio on 25 Nov 2020

I really wanted to recommend this hack but after about 10 hours of gameplay I had to give up. It is really difficult, to the point that it’s near impossible without save points or rewinding in an emulator. I could have dealt with just using save points but the game becomes a chore due to unnecessary backtracking.

Pros:

  • New overworld that is fun to explore
  • Some new items to use and be found

Cons:

  • Requires a lot of backtracking that’s not explained. There are at least 3, maybe 4 keys in the first palace that you can’t get until later in the game that are required in the 2nd palace. The 2nd palace is really far away (without the hammer) and is a chore to travel back and forth.
  • Some odd choices where sometimes lava acts like swamp where you can walk through it. I missed several items initially because I thought it was lava. IN the same room there is a pit with red lava that will kill you then right afterwards lava that you can walk through like a swamp.
  • In order to get some key items you have to find things that are near impossible without randomly stumbling upon it or watching someone find it on a youtube playthrough. For example the missing cat that you somehow have to know is invisible and on the roof.
  • Difficulty. Yikes, a lot of later game enemies from the original show up at the beginning of this game. Sometimes you also have to battle the boss multiple times in a palace.
  • Unlike the original game, beating a palace boss does not give you XP up until your next goal. You just get a static 500xp. This ends up requiring unnecessary grinding to upgrade.

Version 2.5 Recommended - No

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Great potential but too much back trackingreMACKARio25 Nov 20202.5No
Hard Version is TediousOVKASE13 Aug 20192.5No
doesnt get much better then thisDark link03 Apr 20192.5Yes
Very Challenging But Good & Funultimaweapon10 Apr 20182.5Yes
Missing Key For Reflect MagicGotham28 Sep 20172.5No
Shadow of TormentViolentForce27 Dec 20152.5Yes
The Pinnacle of Zelda II HackingDrag0nwind27 Mar 20152.5Yes
Hard but rewardingGTM60428 Dec 2013N/AYes
Difficult but a lot of funnjosro11 Aug 2013N/AYes
Warrants a Few changes immediatelyKenjiMinato02 Apr 2013N/ANo
Ball Busting Difficultytrapworth20 Jul 2012N/ANo
Lovely hacking skills, insane difficultyChris Miller15 Sep 2011N/ANo