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{{Infobox Game
 
{{Infobox Game
| Title           = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
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| Title     = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
| BoxArt         = Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - USA.jpg
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| BoxArt   = Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - USA.jpg
| PlatformName    = NES
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| Platform  = [[Nintendo Entertainment System|NES]]
| PlatformPage    = Nintendo Entertainment System
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| Year     = 1987
| Year           = 1987
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| Developer = {{Developer|Nintendo|Nintendo EAD}}
| DeveloperName  = Nintendo EAD
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| Amazon   = B00004SVYE
| DeveloperPage  = Nintendo
 
| Amazon         = B00004SVYE
 
 
}}
 
}}
  
:''This page is for the NES sequel, for other games see [[The Legend of Zelda]].''
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:''For other games in the series, see [[The Legend of Zelda]].''
  
 
'''''Zelda II: The Adventure of Link''''' is the second game in [[The Legend of Zelda]] series. It was seen as a letdown to many fans of the first game, in particular because the entire game engine shifted from a top-down view, to a side-view platform. ''Zelda II'' also has a sharper learning curve and incorporates RPG elements like experience points, levels, and spells.
 
'''''Zelda II: The Adventure of Link''''' is the second game in [[The Legend of Zelda]] series. It was seen as a letdown to many fans of the first game, in particular because the entire game engine shifted from a top-down view, to a side-view platform. ''Zelda II'' also has a sharper learning curve and incorporates RPG elements like experience points, levels, and spells.
  
However, the story elements are all there, and the game is actually pretty solid and a lot of fun, if you can forget that it's a Zelda game. However, the game tends to cower in the mighty shadow of the original.
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However, the story elements are all there, and the game is actually pretty solid and a lot of fun, if you can forget that it's a Zelda game. However, the game tends to cover in the mighty shadow of the original.
 
 
  
 
==Screenshots==
 
==Screenshots==
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| Image      = Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Title.png
 
| Image      = Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Title.png
 
| Description = The title screen.}}
 
| Description = The title screen.}}
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{{Screenshot
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| Image      = Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Princess.png
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| Description = Princess Zelda is trapped in a deep sleep.}}
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{{Screenshot
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| Image      = Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Above Ground.png
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| Description = Wandering around the land of Hyrule.}}
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{{Screenshot
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| Image      = Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Town.png
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| Description = This old woman can refill my magic power.}}
 
{{Screenshot
 
{{Screenshot
 
| Image      = Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Battle.png
 
| Image      = Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Battle.png
| Description = Battling spiders and molblins.}}
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| Description = Battling spiders and moblins.}}
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{{Screenshot
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| Image      = Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Temple.png
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| Description = Fighting a stalfos in the labyrinthine temples.}}
 
|}
 
|}
 
  
 
==Music==
 
==Music==
Like the first [[Legend of Zelda (NES)]], ''Zelda II'' didn't have spectacular music. It has a couple of fun tracks and some good mood music, but at the end of 1986 when the music was created the composers were still trying to figure out how to even make music for the NES, let alone make good music. The titles come from the soundtrack, but a few tracks from the album--that were merely sound effects--were left out.
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Zelda II borrows several themes from the first [[The Legend of Zelda (NES)|Legend of Zelda]]. It has a couple of fun tracks and some good mood music, but in 1986 when the music was created, the composers were still too inexperienced with the audio chips to make legendary orchestration. While Koji Kondo composed the soundtrack to the original game, Nintendo decided to have [[Akito Nakatsuka]] try his hand at composing the music. Like many other composers at the time, he had to write the music in 6502 assembly on his sound driver. The titles come from the soundtrack, but a few tracks from the album--that were merely sound effects--were left out.
  
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The music has been criticized for its use of the vibrato in the square waves, as some say it sounds too "twangy". The Famicom Disk System version not only reduces the amount of vibrato, but also plays a bit quieter, some of the music is different, and the title music uses the Famicom Disk System's expansion sound channel, while in-game it's used for sound effects.
  
 
===Recording===
 
===Recording===
{{Table Recording
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{{TrackListBegin
| Caption01 = #
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| Arranger = Y
| Caption02 = Title
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}}
| Caption03 = Composer
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{{TrackListEntry
| Caption04 = Arranger
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| Track      = 1
| Caption05 = Length
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| Title      = Title BGM
| Caption06 = Size
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| TitleLink  = Title BGM - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
| Caption07 = Listen
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| Composer    = {{TrackListComposer|Akito Nakatsuka}}
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| Arranger    = {{TrackListArranger|Akito Nakatsuka}}
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| DurationMin = 2
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| DurationSec = 18
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| Game        = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
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| Platform    = NES
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| Recording   = 01 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Title BGM.ogg
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}}
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{{TrackListEntry
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| Track      = 2
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| Title      = Above Ground BGM
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| TitleLink  = Above Ground BGM - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
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| Composer    = {{TrackListComposer|Akito Nakatsuka}}
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| Arranger    = {{TrackListArranger|Akito Nakatsuka}}
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| DurationMin = 1
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| DurationSec = 33
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| Game        = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
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| Platform    = NES
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| Recording  = 02 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Above Ground BGM.ogg
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}}
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{{TrackListEntry
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| Track      = 3
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| Title      = Battle BGM
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| Composer    = {{TrackListComposer|Akito Nakatsuka}}
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| Arranger    = {{TrackListArranger|Akito Nakatsuka}}
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| DurationMin = 1
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| DurationSec = 7
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| Game        = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
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| Platform    = NES
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| Recording  = 03 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Battle BGM.ogg
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}}
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{{TrackListEntry
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| Track      = 4
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| Title       = Flute BGM 1
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| TitleLink  = Catch Treasure Fanfare
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| Composer   = {{TrackListComposer|Koji Kondo}}
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| Arranger    = {{TrackListArranger|Akito Nakatsuka}}
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| DurationMin = 0
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| DurationSec = 1
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| Game        = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
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| Platform    = NES
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| Recording  = 04 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Flute BGM 1.ogg
 
}}
 
}}
| 01
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{{TrackListEntry
| [[Title BGM - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)|Title BGM]]
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| Track      = 5
| [[Akito Nakatsuka]]
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| Title       = Town BGM
| [[Unknown]]
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| Composer    = {{TrackListComposer|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| 2:18
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| Arranger    = {{TrackListArranger|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| 2.1 MB
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| DurationMin = 2
| {{Song-List|01 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Title BGM.ogg}}
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| DurationSec = 20
|-
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| Game        = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
| 02
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| Platform    = NES
| [[Above Ground BGM - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)|Above Ground BGM]]
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| Recording  = 05 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Town BGM.ogg
| [[Akito Nakatsuka]]
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}}
| [[Unknown]]
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{{TrackListEntry
| 1:33
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| Track      = 6
| 1.4 MB
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| Title      = In the Room BGM
| {{Song-List|02 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Above Ground BGM.ogg}}
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| Composer    = {{TrackListComposer|Akito Nakatsuka}}
|-
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| Arranger    = {{TrackListArranger|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| 03
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| DurationMin = 0
| [[Battle BGM]]
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| DurationSec = 24
| [[Akito Nakatsuka]]
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| Game        = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
| [[Unknown]]
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| Platform    = NES
| 1:07
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| Recording  = 06 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - In the Room BGM.ogg
| 955 KB
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}}
| {{Song-List|03 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Battle BGM.ogg}}
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{{TrackListEntry
|-
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| Track      = 7
| 04
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| Title      = Temple BGM
| [[Flute BGM 1]]
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| Composer    = {{TrackListComposer|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| [[Akito Nakatsuka]]
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| Arranger    = {{TrackListArranger|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| [[Unknown]]
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| DurationMin = 3
| 0:01
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| DurationSec = 22
| 30 KB
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| Game        = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
| {{Song-List|04 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Flute BGM 1.ogg}}
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| Platform    = NES
|-
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| Recording  = 07 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Temple BGM.ogg
| 05
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}}
| [[Town BGM]]
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{{TrackListEntry
| [[Akito Nakatsuka]]
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| Track      = 8
| [[Unknown]]
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| Title      = Boss
| 2:20
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| TitleLink  = Boss - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
| 2.0 MB
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| Composer    = {{TrackListComposer|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| {{Song-List|05 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Town BGM.ogg}}
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| Arranger    = {{TrackListArranger|Akito Nakatsuka}}
|-
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| DurationMin = 0
| 06
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| DurationSec = 31
| [[In the Room BGM]]
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| Game        = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
| [[Akito Nakatsuka]]
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| Platform    = NES
| [[Unknown]]
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| Recording  = 08 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Boss.ogg
| 0:24
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}}
| 396 KB
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{{TrackListEntry
| {{Song-List|06 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - In the Room BGM.ogg}}
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| Track      = 9
|-
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| Title      = Temple Clear
| 07
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| Composer    = {{TrackListComposer|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| [[Temple BGM]]
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| Arranger    = {{TrackListArranger|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| [[Akito Nakatsuka]]
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| DurationMin = 0
| [[Unknown]]
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| DurationSec = 4
| 3:22
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| Game        = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
| 3.0 MB
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| Platform    = NES
| {{Song-List|07 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Temple BGM.ogg}}
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| Recording  = 09 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Temple Clear.ogg
|-
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}}
| 08
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{{TrackListEntry
| [[Boss - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)|Boss]]
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| Track      = 10
| [[Akito Nakatsuka]]
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| Title      = Level Up
| [[Unknown]]
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| TitleLink  = Level Up - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
| 0:31
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| Composer    = {{TrackListComposer|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| 522 KB
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| Arranger    = {{TrackListArranger|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| {{Song-List|08 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Boss.ogg}}
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| DurationMin = 0
|-
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| DurationSec = 2
| 09
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| Game        = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
| [[Temple Clear]]
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| Platform    = NES
| [[Akito Nakatsuka]]
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| Recording  = 10 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Level Up.ogg
| [[Unknown]]
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}}
| 0:04
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{{TrackListEntry
| 87 KB
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| Track      = 11
| {{Song-List|09 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Temple Clear.ogg}}
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| Title      = Great Temple
|-
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| Composer    = {{TrackListComposer|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| 10
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| Arranger    = {{TrackListArranger|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| [[Level Up - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)|Level Up]]
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| DurationMin = 1
| [[Akito Nakatsuka]]
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| DurationSec = 17
| [[Unknown]]
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| Game        = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
| 0:02
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| Platform    = NES
| 38 KB
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| Recording  = 11 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Great Temple.ogg
| {{Song-List|10 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Level Up.ogg}}
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}}
|-
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{{TrackListEntry
| 11
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| Track      = 12
| [[Great Temple]]
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| Title      = Last Boss (Dark Link)
| [[Akito Nakatsuka]]
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| Composer    = {{TrackListComposer|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| [[Unknown]]
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| Arranger    = {{TrackListArranger|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| 1:17
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| DurationMin = 0
| 1.2 MB
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| DurationSec = 42
| {{Song-List|11 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Great Temple.ogg}}
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| Game        = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
|-
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| Platform    = NES
| 12
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| Recording  = 12 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Last Boss (Dark Link).ogg
| [[Last Boss (Dark Link)]]
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}}
| [[Akito Nakatsuka]]
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{{TrackListEntry
| [[Unknown]]
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| Track      = 13
| 0:42
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| Title      = Fanfare
| 691 KB
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| TitleLink  = Fanfare - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
| {{Song-List|12 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Last Boss (Dark Link).ogg}}
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| Composer    = {{TrackListComposer|Akito Nakatsuka}}
|-
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| Arranger    = {{TrackListArranger|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| 13
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| DurationMin = 0
| [[Fanfare - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)|Fanfare]]
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| DurationSec = 4
| [[Akito Nakatsuka]]
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| Game        = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
| [[Unknown]]
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| Platform    = NES
| 0:04
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| Recording  = 13 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Fanfare.ogg
| 80 KB
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}}
| {{Song-List|13 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Fanfare.ogg}}
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{{TrackListEntry
|-
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| Track      = 14
| 14
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| Title      = Princess Zelda
| [[Princess Zelda]]
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| Composer    = {{TrackListComposer|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| [[Akito Nakatsuka]]
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| Arranger    = {{TrackListArranger|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| [[Unknown]]
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| DurationMin = 0
| 0:20
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| DurationSec = 20
| 297 KB
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| Game        = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
| {{Song-List|14 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Princess Zelda.ogg}}
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| Platform    = NES
|-
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| Recording  = 14 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Princess Zelda.ogg
| 15
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}}
| [[Ending - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)|Ending]]
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{{TrackListEntry
| [[Akito Nakatsuka]]
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| Track      = 15
| [[Unknown]]
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| Title      = Ending
| 1:09
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| TitleLink  = Ending - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
| 1.1 MB
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| Composer    = {{TrackListComposer|Akito Nakatsuka}}
| {{Song-List|15 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Ending.ogg}}
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| Arranger    = {{TrackListArranger|Akito Nakatsuka}}
|}
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| DurationMin = 1
 
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| DurationSec = 9
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| Game        = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
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| Platform    = NES
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| Recording  = 15 - Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Ending.ogg
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}}
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{{TrackListEnd}}
  
 
===Credits===
 
===Credits===
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* '''Recorder:''' [[User:TheAlmightyGuru|TheAlmightyGuru]]
 
* '''Recorder:''' [[User:TheAlmightyGuru|TheAlmightyGuru]]
 
* '''Game Credits:'''
 
* '''Game Credits:'''
** '''Uncredited Composer:''' {{Credits|Akito Nakatsuka|Akito Nakatsuka}}
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** '''Sound Composer:''' {{Credits|Akito Nakatsuka|Tsukasan}}
** '''Unknown Arranger:''' {{Credits|Unknown|Unknown}}
 
  
(Missing Source)
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([[:File:Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Credits.png|Source]])
  
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[[Akito Nakatsuka]] not only composed and arranged the music for Zelda II, but he also programmed the [[Akito Nakatsuka (NES Driver)|audio driver]].
  
 
===Albums===
 
===Albums===
 
{| align="center" |
 
{| align="center" |
 
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|
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{{Album
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| Title = Famicom Music, Vol.2
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| Image = Famicom Music, Vol.2.jpg
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| Date  = 1987-11-28
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}}
 
{{Album
 
{{Album
 
| Title = Famicom 20th Anniversary - Original Sound Tracks, Vol.2
 
| Title = Famicom 20th Anniversary - Original Sound Tracks, Vol.2
 
| Image = Famicom 20th Anniversary - Original Sound Tracks, Vol.2.jpg
 
| Image = Famicom 20th Anniversary - Original Sound Tracks, Vol.2.jpg
| Date  = 2004/03/24
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| Date  = 2004-03-24
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{Album
 
{{Album
 
| Title = Game Sound Museum ~Famicom Edition~ S-4 Adventure of Link
 
| Title = Game Sound Museum ~Famicom Edition~ S-4 Adventure of Link
 
| Image = Game Sound Museum ~Famicom Edition~ S-4 Adventure of Link.jpg
 
| Image = Game Sound Museum ~Famicom Edition~ S-4 Adventure of Link.jpg
| Date  = 2004/04/28
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| Date  = 2004-04-28
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{Album
 
{{Album
 
| Title = Nintendo Sound History Series - Zelda the Music
 
| Title = Nintendo Sound History Series - Zelda the Music
 
| Image = Nintendo Sound History Series - Zelda the Music.jpg
 
| Image = Nintendo Sound History Series - Zelda the Music.jpg
| Date  = 2004/12/22
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| Date  = 2004-12-22
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}}
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{{Album
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| Title = The Legend of Zelda: Series For Guitar
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| Image = The Legend of Zelda - Series For Guitar - Book Cover.jpg
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| Date  = 2010-07-18
 
}}
 
}}
 
|}
 
|}
 
  
 
===Game Rip===
 
===Game Rip===
{{Template: Table Recording
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{{Rips
| Caption01 = Formats
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| Formats = {{Format|NSF}} {{Format|NSFE}}
| Caption02 = Download
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| File    = Zelda II - Adventure of Link, The (NES).zip
| Caption03 = Size
 
 
}}
 
}}
| style="text-align:center;" |
 
{{Template: Format|NSF}} {{Template: Format|NSFE}}
 
| [http://www.vgmpf.com/Rips/LegendOfZelda2-NES.zip Download]
 
| 12 KB
 
|}
 
  
 
Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.
 
Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.
 
  
 
==Releases==
 
==Releases==
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{{Publication
 
{{Publication
| Title         = ゼルダの伝説 2 リンクの冒険
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| Title       = ゼルダの伝説 2 リンクの冒険
| Translation   = The Legend of Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link
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| Translation = The Legend of Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link
| BoxArt       = Legend of Zelda 2 - FDS - Japan.jpg
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| BoxArt     = Legend of Zelda 2 - FDS - Japan.jpg
| PlatformName  = Famicom Disk System
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| Platform    = {{Platform|Nintendo Entertainment System|Famicom Disk System}}
| PlatformPage  = Nintendo Entertainment System
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| Publisher  = {{Publisher|Nintendo|Nintendo Co., Ltd.}}
| PublisherName = Nintendo Co., Ltd.
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| Released   = 1988-04-08
| PublisherPage = Nintendo
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| Country     = Japan
| Released     = 1988/04/08
 
| Country       = Japan
 
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{Publication
 
{{Publication
| Title         = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
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| Title       = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
| BoxArt       = Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - USA.jpg
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| BoxArt     = Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - USA.jpg
| PlatformName  = NES
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| Platform    = {{Platform|Nintendo Entertainment System|NES}}
| PlatformPage  = Nintendo Entertainment System
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| Publisher  = {{Publisher|Nintendo|Nintendo of America, Inc.}}
| PublisherName = Nintendo of America, Inc.
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| Released   = 1988-06-??
| PublisherPage = Nintendo
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| Country     = USA
| Released     = 1988/06/??
 
| Country       = USA
 
 
}}
 
}}
 
{{Publication
 
{{Publication
| Title         = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
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| Title       = Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
| BoxArt       = Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - EU.jpg
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| BoxArt     = Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - EU.jpg
| PlatformName  = NES
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| Platform    = {{Platform|Nintendo Entertainment System|NES}}
| PlatformPage  = Nintendo Entertainment System
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| Publisher  = {{Publisher|Nintendo|Nintendo Co., Ltd.}}
| PublisherName = Nintendo Co., Ltd.
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| Released   = 1990-??-??
| PublisherPage = Nintendo
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| Country     = EU
| Released     = 1990/??/??
 
| Country       = EU
 
 
}}
 
}}
 
|}
 
|}
 
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zelda_II:_The_Adventure_of_Link en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zelda_II:_The_Adventure_of_Link] - Wikipedia.
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* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/nes/zelda-ii-the-adventure-of-link mobygames.com/game/nes/zelda-ii-the-adventure-of-link] - MobyGames.
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/nes/zelda-ii-the-adventure-of-link mobygames.com/game/nes/zelda-ii-the-adventure-of-link] - Moby Games.
 
 
* [http://www.gamefaqs.com/nes/563487-zelda-ii-the-adventure-of-link gamefaqs.com/nes/563487-zelda-ii-the-adventure-of-link] - GameFAQs (NES).
 
* [http://www.gamefaqs.com/nes/563487-zelda-ii-the-adventure-of-link gamefaqs.com/nes/563487-zelda-ii-the-adventure-of-link] - GameFAQs (NES).
 
* [http://www.gamefaqs.com/famicomds/578370-the-legend-of-zelda-2-link-no-bouken gamefaqs.com/famicomds/578370-the-legend-of-zelda-2-link-no-bouken] - GameFAQs (FDS).
 
* [http://www.gamefaqs.com/famicomds/578370-the-legend-of-zelda-2-link-no-bouken gamefaqs.com/famicomds/578370-the-legend-of-zelda-2-link-no-bouken] - GameFAQs (FDS).
 
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zelda_II:_The_Adventure_of_Link en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zelda_II:_The_Adventure_of_Link] - Wikipedia.
 
 
[[Category:Needed Song Descriptions]]
 

Latest revision as of 04:10, 21 February 2019

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - USA.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1987
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Buy: Amazon
For other games in the series, see The Legend of Zelda.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is the second game in The Legend of Zelda series. It was seen as a letdown to many fans of the first game, in particular because the entire game engine shifted from a top-down view, to a side-view platform. Zelda II also has a sharper learning curve and incorporates RPG elements like experience points, levels, and spells.

However, the story elements are all there, and the game is actually pretty solid and a lot of fun, if you can forget that it's a Zelda game. However, the game tends to cover in the mighty shadow of the original.

Screenshots

Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Title.png

The title screen.

Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Princess.png

Princess Zelda is trapped in a deep sleep.

Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Above Ground.png

Wandering around the land of Hyrule.

Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Town.png

This old woman can refill my magic power.

Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Battle.png

Battling spiders and moblins.

Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - Temple.png

Fighting a stalfos in the labyrinthine temples.

Music

Zelda II borrows several themes from the first Legend of Zelda. It has a couple of fun tracks and some good mood music, but in 1986 when the music was created, the composers were still too inexperienced with the audio chips to make legendary orchestration. While Koji Kondo composed the soundtrack to the original game, Nintendo decided to have Akito Nakatsuka try his hand at composing the music. Like many other composers at the time, he had to write the music in 6502 assembly on his sound driver. The titles come from the soundtrack, but a few tracks from the album--that were merely sound effects--were left out.

The music has been criticized for its use of the vibrato in the square waves, as some say it sounds too "twangy". The Famicom Disk System version not only reduces the amount of vibrato, but also plays a bit quieter, some of the music is different, and the title music uses the Famicom Disk System's expansion sound channel, while in-game it's used for sound effects.

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Title BGM Akito NakatsukaAkito Nakatsuka 2:18
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02 Above Ground BGM Akito NakatsukaAkito Nakatsuka 1:33
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03 Battle BGM Akito NakatsukaAkito Nakatsuka 1:07
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04 Flute BGM 1 Koji KondoAkito Nakatsuka 0:01
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05 Town BGM Akito NakatsukaAkito Nakatsuka 2:20
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06 In the Room BGM Akito NakatsukaAkito Nakatsuka 0:24
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07 Temple BGM Akito NakatsukaAkito Nakatsuka 3:22
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08 Boss Akito NakatsukaAkito Nakatsuka 0:31
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09 Temple Clear Akito NakatsukaAkito Nakatsuka 0:04
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10 Level Up Akito NakatsukaAkito Nakatsuka 0:02
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11 Great Temple Akito NakatsukaAkito Nakatsuka 1:17
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12 Last Boss (Dark Link) Akito NakatsukaAkito Nakatsuka 0:42
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13 Fanfare Akito NakatsukaAkito Nakatsuka 0:04
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14 Princess Zelda Akito NakatsukaAkito Nakatsuka 0:20
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15 Ending Akito NakatsukaAkito Nakatsuka 1:09
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Credits

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Akito Nakatsuka not only composed and arranged the music for Zelda II, but he also programmed the audio driver.

Albums

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Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Releases

  Japan.svg   Japan
Legend of Zelda 2 - FDS - Japan.jpg
Title: ゼルダの伝説 2 リンクの冒険 (The Legend of Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link)
Platform: Famicom Disk System
Released: 1988-04-08
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Platform: NES
Released: 1988-06-??
Publisher: Nintendo of America, Inc.
  EU.svg   EU
Legend of Zelda 2 - NES - EU.jpg
Title: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-??-??
Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd.

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