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Zelda II Resurrection of Ganon

Hack of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link


A land once fruitful now rots. Palaces rich in beauty now left encased in stone. All that remains of a the worlds beauty is a fleeting memory. An evil spirit can be more malicious than a living form.

The resurrection of Ganon is your only hope. Restore the barrier. Trap the evil King within.

RoG by GTM604 aka itemdrop

May you have an adventuresome quest!

ROM / ISO Information:

  • rominfo : 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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Awesome! Comparable difficulty to the original, with new tricks

Reviewed By: Mitsukara on 09 Mar 2021

While it’s been neat to see Zelda II romhacks before, I agree strongly with another reviewer that most err on the side of being far more difficult and unforgiving than the original game- which was already known for it’s difficulty.

Here, the monster placements are comparable to the original, there’s not a bunch of extra instant death pits, none of that.

Instead, the challenge in this new hack comes from figuring out where you need to go. It only fully makes sense if you have knowledge of the original game, but then it plays with your expectations once you do in a way that I found pretty cool (although I got stuck in Island Palace for quite a while because of a certain trick).

And just to be clear, they do NOT force you to skip through doors as a Fairy, nor do they force you to fight Dairas without some kind of option for better defense- I recommend keeping that in mind. This hack is actually very trustworthy once you figure out it’s secrets.

The experience system is actually far more generous than Zelda II this time, since you don’t lose it at game over, and there are plenty of 500 experience P bags hidden around. Also, in an unusual (but atmospheric?) choice, there aren’t very many boss battles; and the final levels aren’t quite as expensive as in the original game.

The music is all new, which might sound like a bad thing since Zelda II had awesome music, but fortunately this new music is great too. The whole game has a slightly spooky, serious atmosphere. (The imagery in the first room of the game is really memorable, too.)

The only thing I would really want to change would be perhaps to alter the final dungeon a bit- maybe it could replace certain rooms with some of the bosses that didn’t appear, if that’s possible? I know ZII hacking is pretty difficult though. The final boss was still pretty tough as is, since I was never very good at certain things in ZII, but I wouldn’t say it’s any harder than the original.

If you are fairly familiar with the original game, definitely try this. I’m not sure if people would like it who don’t already like Zelda II, but as a Zelda II fan I loved it, it’s my favorite ZII romhack yet. Fantastic work!

Version 1.2 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
A celebration of everything that made the original greatlilo-san17 Aug 20211.2Yes
Great hack, with a little fix needed!Pongy198012 Aug 20211.2Yes
Loads of fun! High quality hack!Ok Impala!08 Apr 20211.2Yes
A proper, balanced hack, more than worthy of the original.Chris Miller27 Mar 20211.2Yes
More like Zelda II: The Death of Link!Animebryan24 Mar 20211.2No
Awesome! Comparable difficulty to the original, with new tricksMitsukara09 Mar 20211.2Yes
Zelda 2 Hack Done RightBlazing03 Mar 20211.2Yes
Different yet familiar. (SPOILERS)MetalSmasher8622 Feb 20211.2Yes
Took a classic and made it better.bigdaddy5120014 Feb 20211.2Yes
The Best Zelda II Hack Yet!!LinksShadow03 Feb 20211.2Yes