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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

Links:

Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
GTM604DesignDesign
CF207HackingPrimary hacking and ASM work
bentglasstubeMusicMusic

User Review Information

A great adventure for Zelda II enthusiasts!

Reviewed By: lilo-san on 29 Aug 2021

A great adventure for Zelda II enthusiasts!

# Difficulty:

+ Quite Higher than the original, at least by four or five times.

+ No guides required, no save states required.

- Too many game overs, most of them at the first half of the game. Half of them fighting Thunderbird. The single time it can feel really unfair when playing blind is the Thunderbird fight, needing to learn how Thunderbird moves, otherwise madness is guaranteed.

- Added platforming sections are very fun but, contain a couple of unfair death pits. On these an unseen enemy will get on screen when jumping to throw the player into a death pit, requiring to replay the section. These could have been easily ironed out.

# Graphics and design choices:

+ Overall graphics and design choices for the overworld, towns and palaces are simply stunning.

+ The white winter theme can be felt though the color palette. Graphics and design of the whole game are cohesive.

+ All bosses have been modified in some way that make the fight feel fresh. The fight with Dark Link is both tense and fun.

- Non-telegraphed overworld places are probably the worst part of Zelda II. This game is no exception.

# Music:

+ Themes quality ranges from good to great.

+ The final Palace theme.

# Gameplay Balance:

+ Continues at palaces.

- Grinding is sometimes needed to level up since experience is not saved. Since experience given by enemies has been halved grinding takes longer.

Version 1.1 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
EXCELLENT!!!VanDam02 May 20221.1Yes
I had a great experiencetraiLZ14 Mar 20221.1Yes
A great adventure for Zelda II enthusiasts!lilo-san29 Aug 20211.1Yes
A great effort with a few flaws?flanger30 Jan 20211.1Yes
Fun hack that isn't too brutal.reMACKARio01 Dec 20201.1Yes
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