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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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Credits:

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

User Review Information

The best Zelda 2 hack

Reviewed By: Scorpion__Max on 24 Feb 2020

Winter Solstice is an entirely new, and amazing, Zelda 2 experience. Everything is modified: the overworld, towns, caves, palaces and graphics. It also introduces new puzzles, new dialogues and original music. On top of that, the winter theme is perfectly respected throughout the entire game, and an incredible attention de details makes the player truly feel a part of the world. It’s obvious that a lot of love has been poured into this project.

All of the palaces have a different theme that gives them charm and personnality (Fire, Forest, Desert, etc.) Those themes aren’t simply aesthetic, but also affect gameplay elements and level design.

The game is slightly more challenging than the original, which is the point of most hacks on this website. However, the difficulty is far from overwhelming and the overall balance is excellent. The secrets are all designed fairly and the characters in towns have truly useful hints, making it so you don’t have to wonder around aimlessly while searching every single overworld tile. Also, unlike other hacks of Zelda 2, grinding isn’t extremely tedious.

So if you love The Adventure of Link and are looking for a new challenge, you should definitely give Winter Solstice a try. It is the most complete hack for Zelda 2 and truly feels like a new game.

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