I hated Zelda 2 for years, but...

#1melchiahdimPosted 4/19/2013 7:41:15 AM
The game finally clicked with me. I started gaming on the snes so I barely played Zelda before Link to the Past. When're I attempted to play them I always enjoyed the original (though I've yet to beat it), but simply didn't understand why people liked the second one. It seemed unnecessarily difficult with mechanics that felt very weird for a Zelda game.

But I decided to give the game another shot on the 3DS Virtual Console, and I don't know why, but I'm finally "getting" it. At the second temple so far. I'm not going to lie, I'm abusing the hell out of save states. But so far I'm having fun with it.
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#2SinfullyvannilaPosted 4/19/2013 7:56:20 AM
Well, one thing you have to keep in mind was that when it came out it didn't feel weird for a Zelda game, and that back then we were more tolerant of absurdly difficult video games.
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#3melchiahdim(Topic Creator)Posted 4/19/2013 7:59:37 AM
Sinfullyvannila posted...
Well, one thing you have to keep in mind was that when it came out it didn't feel weird for a Zelda game, and that back then we were more tolerant of absurdly difficult video games.


I should have stated it felt weird for a modern Zelda gamer, as I don't think I ever touched before the collection disk on GameCube or the rerelease on GBA (whichever came first).
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#4BeanBeanKingdomPosted 4/19/2013 8:39:17 AM
It's a wonderful game. It's hard, sure, and Death Mountain is an unfairly massive difficulty spike so early in the game, but once you're past that, you can really start appreciating the vastness of the world and the expanding moveset/spellset. While gaining levels makes you quite powerful and durable over time, you still need to be quick on your fingers during the harder battles (mostly in dungeons) and to never drop your guard. There's not a single other Zelda game where combat felt this exciting. Skyward Sword came close in the early game, but you eventually become overpowered like in the others and enemies stop being a threat. Back to Zelda 2, it's one of my favorite Zelda games (and I at the very least like them all) and I wish its world would be revisited in the future. Since it's still the latest game on the fallen hero timeline, I guess it eventually will if Nintendo decides to continue it.
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#5DarkIVloonPosted 4/19/2013 8:47:06 AM
I love Zelda II, i've beaten it a handful of times since it came out but I actually did just beat it on 3DS VC for the first time a few days ago.

I hope you continue to enjoy it.
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#6Argh4430Posted 4/19/2013 9:21:25 AM
melchiahdim posted...
I should have stated it felt weird for a modern Zelda gamer...


That's how I was when I first played Zelda 2 on the collector's disc. The threat of dying was much higher than any other Zelda game, imo. But the thrill of beating it for the first time was on par with beating Castlevania or Battletoads.
#7DarkHeroRavenPosted 4/19/2013 10:04:43 AM
I've been playing Zelda for years and only played Zelda II a couple years ago as part of the Ambassador programme and loved it. I wish it got more positive attention so I'm glad to see you're enjoying it!
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