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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

Wonderful to play. Just a pleasure to play

Reviewed By: RayofJay on 30 Jun 2022

I have only sampled a few Zelda II hacks thus far, and most have proven TAS/savestate only. This was a remarkably refreshing play. Although somewhat straight forward, and, in my opinion, a fair bit easier than the original, the gameplay is still great. The sprite work is much improved as is the palette. Puzzles could’ve been harder, but at least there was no major backtracking in the palaces :).

All said, a thoroughly enjoyable play.

Version 1.8 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
This is how you play Zelda II todayAPL330 Jun 20221.8Yes
A well crafted and relaxing journeySuperNintendoChalmers30 Jun 20221.8Yes
Everything you could expect and more!Arbalist9430 Jun 20221.8Yes
One the best hacks out there!kaine2330 Jun 20221.8Yes
If you love Zelda II, you will love this.Verygreedy30 Jun 20221.8Yes
Wonderful to play. Just a pleasure to playRayofJay30 Jun 20221.8Yes
Good hack so far, but...maybe false advertising?Blazing30 Jun 20221.7Yes
Absolutely wonderful game. Probably the bestSun30 Jun 20221.7Yes
The first genuinely great Zelda II hack has arrived!Will Mistretta30 Jun 20221.7Yes
A Brand New Zelda 2 Experience Worth PlayingMattKimura30 Jun 20221.6Yes
As a huge Z2 fan, I loved it!riverman_paul30 Jun 20221.6Yes
Awesome!blinkthief30 Jun 20221.6Yes
Another exceptional Zelda2 complete hack~lexluthermiester30 Jun 20221.6Yes
The best Zelda-II hack I've played!!8.bit.fan30 Jun 20221.6Yes
The only Zelda II game that nails exploration!lilo-san30 Jun 20221.2Yes
Fun and Creative HackreMACKARio30 Jun 20221.2Yes
Feels like what Nintendo might have done for a direct sequelKevvyLava30 Jun 20221.4Yes
The Sequel's Sequel!jm10288730 Jun 20221.4Yes
One of the best Zelda 2 hacksLigeia30 Jun 20221.4Yes
Nails the feeling of explorationdeforres30 Jun 20221.4Yes
A fun experience for those who like Zelda 2Metal Man 900030 Jun 20221.3Yes
The passion in this passion project really shows! (SPOILERS)MetalSmasher8630 Jun 20221.2Yes
Zelda 2 Diehard Fans Will Not be Disappointedpkhilson30 Jun 20221.2Yes
Highly recommendedFox Cunning30 Jun 20221.2Yes
Enjoyable hack that captures the essence of Z2walranium30 Jun 20221.2Yes
Anti-grinding, anti-combat, anti-funHaniel30 Jun 20221.2No
Good hackYoshiWhite6230 Jun 20221.2Yes
RefreshingMiralupa30 Jun 20221.2Yes
Simply put... Amazinghdofu30 Jun 20221.0Yes