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Zelda II: The Nightmare of Ganon

Hack of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link


The Nightmare of Ganon is a complete redesign of the NES game Zelda II with new story, overworld, caves, palaces, towns, item order, random encounters, and more.

It’s a hardtype and more challenging then the original game. Enemies don’t take more hits then usual, the difficulty lies more in the design.

It’s much longer because of a bigger overworld which has more caves and bridges. There are longer caves and deeper palaces.

There are a couple custom changes to gameplay which include enemies that respawn & you can restart at the palace if you game over.

This romhack will give a feeling like it’s a totally new Zelda II game because none of the design is similar to the original.

ROM / ISO Information:

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




ContributorType of contributionListed credit
njosroHackingenemy respawn & restart at every palace on game over

User Review Information


Reviewed By: VanDam on 06 Sep 2020

This hack is totally excellent. COMPLETELY different than the original. Items have been moved to different places. I don’t want to give away any of the surprise item locations but it’s really great right from the beginning. It’s definitely hard but not as hard as Zelda II parts II or III. You see some really crazy interesting side scrolling screens and it’s a little intimidating at first but with a little practice it gets much easier. Very interesting twists on things such as the things people say in town, quests to get spells and items, town layouts, changes to the way enemies move like slow moving birds that speed up when you jump to the same height as they are. You see these 3 birds slow cruising right next to each other like they are on patrol and then they come at you. It’s great. Lots of caves. Lots of places where multiple monsters are piled up on top of each other in ways never seen before in other Zelda 2 hacks. The layouts in the side scrolling parts are so amazing with beautiful new backgrounds in some caves like I’ve never seen before. I’m trying to remember the rest that makes this so great but it’s been about 4 months since I played it so I can’t remember everything other than that it is great, and it stands out as being a totally unique adventure much different than any other Zelda II hack. If you’re looking for something totally different but still Zelda 2 then this is it. But the difficulty has definitely been turned up. You will have to navigate through a ton of caves and survive many obstacles and difficult jumps to get very far. I personally have struggled so much. I’ve had to try over and over again to slowly improve a little here and there to get through the caves. It’s frustrating at times when you get knocked into pits trying to navigate through what feels like 20 caves… But I’m getting used to that sort of thing in Zelda 2 hacks. This is a really great game that I highly recommend trying. Excellent!

Version 1.5 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Wonderful Hackwestsibes07 Jan 20211.5Yes
EXCELLENT!!!VanDam06 Sep 20201.5Yes