Thanks for the feedback and the posting the you tube videos... I have been watching them
Overall it feels like the goal of the hack was met. Z2 is a great game, just unusually flawed and unbalanced for a Nintendo game. It felt like it just needed a little attention to it here and there. Having a sword that looks like a sword to visually gauge attack distance is where this all started. I did the sprites 5+ years ago, but never implanted them until now.
Currently figuring out where to take this hack to. As I would like to keep it focused on improving & get into re-balancing the game. There is some more graphical work I would like to do, such as tinkering with palace back grounds, and the thunderbird's body. Some other ideas I was thinking was to replace some of the town items with ones from Zelda 1, such as the clock & food, and making the hammer a bomb... it wouldn't change what the hammer does but not having a bomb in a Zelda game feels odd.
I think it might be neat for Link to fire boomerangs instead of fire for the fire spell... but this is beyond my hex knowledge.
The palaces could use a bit of stream lining here and there so people wouldn't have to use online maps as much and some of the caves, and DM dead end caves could use some rewards, point bags or fairies to help balance the challenge vs reward aspect.
Town people dialogue does need some changes. Some of it is just too derpy sounding.
One thing I'm really keen on doing is re-balancing the magic system. It feels too costly to use and it feels like you always conserve it more than use it for healing and situation specific needs. Reducing the cost of magic and making the heal spell less effective to use would be a path to go. Link's defense could be adjusted to make up for the less effective Life spell.
Having the shield & reflect spell always on once acquired and/or maybe turned into an item would be great... but this is something I have no clue how to do yet read somewhere that someone pulled it off. If they were turned into items then I wonder if it's possible to replace those 2 spells with new ones. If someone one knows how to do that please let me know