Should Nintendo make more 2D Zelda titles?


We are currently waiting for the highly anticipated release of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and as of right now many people are anxious to own the game when it comes out for the Nintendo NX in 2017.  However, when most retro gamers think about the history involving the Legend of Zelda series they think about some of the classics such as the Adventure of Link and “Link to the Past”from the late 80’s and the early 90’s.  The Zelda series as a whole started off in 2D and has become very popular ever since before making its transition into 3D with the release of “Ocrana of Time” for the Nintendo 64.  While many people loved both Zelda: Ocarina of time and Majora’s Mask the 2D titles such as “Link to the Past along with “Link’s Awakening” were both special.  Some people would probably prefer the older 16 bit graphics and gameplay that was popular in the early 90’s.

When we look at most of the Zelda games in terms of sales many know that “Twilight Princess” which was released for the Nintendo Wii in 2006 was probably the best selling game in the series even though it was in 3D.   Even though some people would enjoy the creation of a new 2D Zelda title most of 3D games that Nintendo have made were also amazing as well.  Since the release of Zelda: Twilight Princess some people would be inclined to agree that it would not make to much sense for Nintendo to go backwards and start releasing 2D titles.  Even though, the release of 2D Zelda games would appeal to retro gamers of the 16 bit era some might argue that the series is going in the right direction with the advancement of high quality 3D graphics and realistic gameplay.  However, Nintendo were to make another 2D Zelda game for the New Nintendo 3DS XL with gameplay and graphics which was similar to that of the 16 bit era it probably be a dream come true for anyone who is a true fan of the series.

Role Playing Games- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link: (1987)

Zelda II Adventure of Link

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link was the second installment in the Zelda series which was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987.  The Adventure of Link was very different from The Legend of Zelda in terms of gameplay.  While the Legend of Zelda allowed players to combat enemies in overworld maps Adventure of Link present a 2D side scrolling battle system similar to that of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES.  The Adventure of Link allowed individuals to travel to different parts of Hyrule on the overworld map where players can engage in battles if they ran into shadowy figures while travelling.  If you have been a gamer throughout the 80’s and 90’s you would realize that the overworld map feature of this game is very similar to that of the Pokemon games featured on Game Boy.  Many people would be inclined to agree that The Adventure of Link was a tougher game to beat than the Legend of Zelda which was also very difficult.

But despite how difficult this game was it provide Link with more abilities in terms of melee & magic attacks to help you to complete the game in its entirety.  The Adventures of Link had also includes a magic meter and a new life bar on the top of the screen opposed to the multiple hearts you were give in the previous game.  Along with improved mechanics the Adventure of Link had featured a pretty cool soundtrack that really got people into the game especially during the parts where they had to travel into dungeons.  The Palace theme was epic and is considered to be one of the most memorable soundtracks in gaming history.  A remake of the Palace theme has been featured games such as Super Smash Bros Melee and it truly captures the larger than life feeling of the Adventure of Link while providing nostalgia for this 1987 NES classic.

The plot in this game is slightly different and features a new main antagonist named “Dark Link”.   In Adventures of Link several crystals must be collected and returned to six different palaces in Hyrule in order to retrieve the Tri-Force of courage to awaken Zelda who was placed under a deep sleep due to having a magic spell placed on her.  Since its release Zelda II: The Adventure of Link has sold at least 5 million units world wide and was also re-released for other consoles such as Game Boy Advance.  The Adventure of Link may have not been the best Zelda game in the series but it was a very innovative title that stood out from the rest of the series.