The Great Retro Quiz! .23: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

It seems that the direct sequels to many ridiculously popular videogames during the retro glory days were unfairly chastised by the public. Super Mario Bros. 2, at least in America, was completely different from the original hit and audiences were not afraid to express their dissatisfaction. Even Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest rubbed players the wrong way with its confusing set of goals and (gasp!) non-linear gameplay.

Out of all the older sequels, though, I think Zelda II: The Adventure of Link for the Nintendo Entertainment System suffered the most backlash. And to be honest, I don’t understand why. I love the second Zelda game and truly feel like it introduced some elements I would love to see implemented in future games in the series (experience points!).

Do you love Zelda II like I do? If so, do you consider yourself an expert? Heck, even if you don’t care for it, do you at least remember it? Take this week’s quiz to find out how amazing your retro memory is!

Also, there is a prize this week! Actually, prizes! Just leave your answers in the comments and whoever gets the most right will win a Link plushie that is almost too cute for words and a Link phone strap that I also happen to have on my own cell phone (making it cool).Yes, I know, both of these things are not very manly, but, hey, it’s what the mysterious prize machine spit out this week. I don’t argue with advanced, slightly effeminate technology. Check my community blog tomorrow (3/13) for the dramatic results and to see how you fared.

Get out that Triforce of Wisdom and … good luck!

The Great Retro Quiz! .23

: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Number of questions: 30
Difficulty: Normal

1. Box art memories! What item graces the cover of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link?

a. The triforce
b. A sword
c. A hat
d. A shield

2. How many crystals does Link have in his possession at the start of the game?

a. 0
b. 1
c. 5
d. 6

HUD memories! Fill in the missing elements:

3. Attack power

4. Experience points

5. Life

6. Magic

*Bonus point: Of the above attributes, which can Link upgrade first?

7. Besides leveling up with experience points, what other element in Zelda II is not featured in any other Zelda game?

a. Link can jump!
b. Side-scrolling sequences!
c. Link uses magic spells!
d. Link has a limited amount of lives!

8. On the overworld, running into which of the below enemies results in a more challenging battle?

9. How many torches surround sleeping Zelda in the North Palace?

a. 0
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4

Control scheme memories! Match the action performed by Link with the button on the original NES controller that activates it:

10. Use Hammer

11. Perform magic

12. Play Flute

13. Enter building

14. Which of the below classic Zelda items is not obtainable in Zelda II?

a. Glove
b. Candle
c. Bomb
d. Raft

Heals Link’s life or replenishes his magic?

15. Heals life

16. Replenishes magic

17. Which of the following spells costs Link the least amount of magic points?

a. Fire
b. Reflect
c. Jump
d. Fairy

18. What color is Link’s tunic once he uses the Shield magic?

a. Blue
b. Red
c. Yellow
d. No change; it stays green

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22. Who teaches Link a move that requires holding down on the D-pad after pressing the “A” button?

23. Which of the below enemies can not be killed by Link’s sword?

24. From Kings Tomb, which direction must Link travel to find the hidden entrance to the Island Palace?

25. What does Link use to pass by the below enemy?

a. His sword
b. A magic spell
c. A flute
d. A cross

26. Iron Knuckle alert! Who is the strongest?

27. Besides “GAME OVER,” what other words are displayed on the screen once Link perishes?


28. Oh no! Link is discolored! What’s wrong with him?

a. He is in the dark and can’t see!
b. He is poisoned!
c. He is underwater and can’t breathe!
d. He is cursed!

29. Who is the final boss of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link?

a. Ganon
b. Ganondorf
c. Dark Link
d. Aganhim

30. After waking up, Zelda demands Link bring her something that raises her experience. What should Link track down?

The Great Retro Quiz! Study Materials

.21: King’s Quest
.22: The characters of Super Smash Bros.

Chad Concelmo