Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
|Zelda II: The Adventure of Link|
- 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 cower in the mighty shadow of the original.
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.
|01||Title BGM||Akito Nakatsuka||Akito Nakatsuka||2:18||Download|
|02||Above Ground BGM||Akito Nakatsuka||Akito Nakatsuka||1:33||Download|
|03||Battle BGM||Akito Nakatsuka||Akito Nakatsuka||1:07||Download|
|04||Flute BGM 1||Koji Kondo||Akito Nakatsuka||0:01||Download|
|05||Town BGM||Akito Nakatsuka||Akito Nakatsuka||2:20||Download|
|06||In the Room BGM||Akito Nakatsuka||Akito Nakatsuka||0:24||Download|
|07||Temple BGM||Akito Nakatsuka||Akito Nakatsuka||3:22||Download|
|08||Boss||Akito Nakatsuka||Akito Nakatsuka||0:31||Download|
|09||Temple Clear||Akito Nakatsuka||Akito Nakatsuka||0:04||Download|
|10||Level Up||Akito Nakatsuka||Akito Nakatsuka||0:02||Download|
|11||Great Temple||Akito Nakatsuka||Akito Nakatsuka||1:17||Download|
|12||Last Boss (Dark Link)||Akito Nakatsuka||Akito Nakatsuka||0:42||Download|
|13||Fanfare||Akito Nakatsuka||Akito Nakatsuka||0:04||Download|
|14||Princess Zelda||Akito Nakatsuka||Akito Nakatsuka||0:20||Download|
|15||Ending||Akito Nakatsuka||Akito Nakatsuka||1:09||Download|
- Ripper: Kevin Horton
- Recorder: TheAlmightyGuru
- Game Credits:
- Sound Composer: Akito Nakatsuka credited as Tsukasan
Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.
- mobygames.com/game/nes/zelda-ii-the-adventure-of-link - MobyGames.
- gamefaqs.com/nes/563487-zelda-ii-the-adventure-of-link - GameFAQs (NES).
- gamefaqs.com/famicomds/578370-the-legend-of-zelda-2-link-no-bouken - GameFAQs (FDS).
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zelda_II:_The_Adventure_of_Link - Wikipedia.