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Zelda II - Amida's Curse

Hack of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Description:

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!

Features:

  • 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCqrJi8xbZg

Find the original soundtrack here: https://eatabrick.bandcamp.com/album/amidas-curse

Or listen on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/album/5XA6eVX9jtkxEe8XbiXBu9?si=e8e72cb58044450a

Download the NES Boxart (by Fishwerks) here: https://www.okimpala.net/_downloads/8b8b61af5b4d731c4fe5522e3065b546

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

Links:

Screenshots:


Credits:

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

User Review Information

Lives up to the hype

Reviewed By: retrohacknerd on 06 Aug 2022

I read a handful of the reviews for this game and had high expectations going in.

My expectations were *exceeded*

Since there are dozens of positive reviews on here I’ll keep this one short:

  • New OST is terrific and adds a lot to the ‘new game’ feel
  • The balance and difficulty is great for me, a casual but experienced Z2 player
  • No overworld encounters is so nice and allows for exploration
  • There are many, many areas to discovery by exploring
  • The sprites and features from Zelda 2 Redux form an excellent base for the game. Link looks cool, like a warrior, and not like a 13 year old boy anymore

In sum, this hack is absolutely worth playing. What a terrific job by OK Impala! et al.

Version 1.8 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommend
Lives up to the hyperetrohacknerd06 Aug 20221.8Yes
PhenomenalDriftwood04 Jul 20221.8Yes
This is how you play Zelda II todayAPL314 Jun 20221.8Yes
A well crafted and relaxing journeySuperNintendoChalmers13 Jun 20221.8Yes
Everything you could expect and more!Arbalist9407 Mar 20221.8Yes
One the best hacks out there!kaine2302 Jan 20221.8Yes
If you love Zelda II, you will love this.Verygreedy30 Dec 20211.8Yes
Wonderful to play. Just a pleasure to playRayofJay29 Dec 20211.8Yes
Good hack so far, but...maybe false advertising?Blazing23 Dec 20211.7Yes
Absolutely wonderful game. Probably the bestSun08 Jan 20221.7Yes
The first genuinely great Zelda II hack has arrived!Will Mistretta04 Dec 20211.7Yes
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!blinkthief17 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 sequelKevvyLava06 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 hackYoshiWhite6228 Oct 20211.2Yes
RefreshingMiralupa28 Oct 20211.2Yes
Simply put... Amazinghdofu27 Oct 20211.0Yes