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Zelda II - Amida's Curse

Hack of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link


One day Link finds a portal to a strange land. Curious he starts exploring the magical world of Amida. Little does he know, that he’s on a brand new adventure that will take him to places he couldn’t have imagined. Amida has a deep emotional link to our hero. Can Link unravel the secrets of Amida and return to his own world?

Zelda II – Amida’s Curse is a brand new Zelda II adventure. The game has been build up from the ground. With a new world, new graphics and an original soundtrack by bentglasstube. The focus of Amida’s Curse lies on exploration above combat. Gameplay has been altered to make this, above all, a fun gaming experience. So, difficulty is lower than the original Zelda II, there are no cheap deaths and grinding isn’t necessary.

This has been a passion project spanning over 18 months of development time. A huge thanks to all people involved in making Zelda II – Amida’s Curse truly shine! You will find much more info in the ReadMe!

Now, go explore! A whole new world is waiting for you!


  • 9 new temples to explore (vs 7 in vanilla Zelda II).
  • 11 new towns to visit (vs 8 in vanilla Zelda II).
  • New soundtrack.
  • Brand new overworld.
  • New story.
  • New graphics.
  • Animated tiles on the overworld.
  • Balanced difficulty, no cheap deaths.
  • No random encounters on the overworld.
  • Loads of gameplay tweaks (building on Zelda II Redux).
  • Lives you find are permanent.
  • No grinding necessary.
  • Enemy rebalancing, no more huge HP pools.
  • Press A as a Fairy to instantly return to your normal form.
  • Temple stones give fixed EXP.
  • Fairy can’t fly through doors.
  • Save anywhere by pressing up and A on the start menu. Be aware though, that you’ll be warped back to the starting point of the game. So, only use this option when you want to stop playing.
  • And so much more…

Watch the release trailer here:

Find the original soundtrack here:

Or listen on Spotify here:

Download the NES Boxart (by Fishwerks) here:

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Zelda II - The Adventure of Link (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20210216-231042)
  • File SHA-1: 353489A57F24A429572E76BD455BC51D821F7036
  • File CRC32: E3C788B0
  • ROM SHA-1: 11333ADB723A5975E0ECCA3AEE8F4747AA8D2D26
  • ROM CRC32: BA322865




ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Ok Impala!ProductionDesign, Graphics, Story, Hacking
bentglasstubeMusicOriginal Soundtrack, Hacking and ASM
TraxHackingHacking and ASM
ShadowOne333HackingZelda 2 Redux

User Review Information

Simply put... Amazing

Reviewed By: hdofu on 27 Oct 2021

Over the years there have been quite a few Zelda II hacks, some would get to points in-game and crash, some would get to points and literally be impossible to complete, many were made by someone who was some gaming masochist, finally comes a compelling Zelda II reimaging with new music, new towns, fantastic new sprites and while I’ve only begun to dip my toes into this adventure the difficulty doesn’t feel unfairly punishing the way many of these Zelda II hacks get fast.

If you are a fan of Zelda II who wanted another Zelda II hack worth playing, this one is an easy recommendation.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
A Brand New Zelda 2 Experience Worth PlayingMattKimura18 Nov 20211.6Yes
As a huge Z2 fan, I loved it!riverman_paul18 Nov 20211.6Yes
Awesome!blinkthief18 Nov 20211.6Yes
Another exceptional Zelda2 complete hack~lexluthermiester15 Nov 20211.6Yes
The best Zelda-II hack I've played!!8.bit.fan15 Nov 20211.6Yes
The only Zelda II game that nails exploration!lilo-san13 Nov 20211.2Yes
Fun and Creative HackreMACKARio11 Nov 20211.2Yes
Feels like what Nintendo might have done for a direct sequelKevvyLava07 Nov 20211.4Yes
The Sequel's Sequel!jm10288706 Nov 20211.4Yes
One of the best Zelda 2 hacksLigeia05 Nov 20211.4Yes
Nails the feeling of explorationdeforres05 Nov 20211.4Yes
A fun experience for those who like Zelda 2Metal Man 900003 Nov 20211.3Yes
The passion in this passion project really shows! (SPOILERS)MetalSmasher8601 Nov 20211.2Yes
Zelda 2 Diehard Fans Will Not be Disappointedpkhilson31 Oct 20211.2Yes
Highly recommendedFox Cunning30 Oct 20211.2Yes
Enjoyable hack that captures the essence of Z2walranium29 Oct 20211.2Yes
Anti-grinding, anti-combat, anti-funHaniel29 Oct 20211.2No
Good hackJosé luis28 Oct 20211.2Yes
RefreshingMiralupa28 Oct 20211.2Yes
Simply put... Amazinghdofu27 Oct 20211.0Yes