Zelda II: The Adventure of Link - NES

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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, the second instalment in The Legend of Zelda series, released in the North American and PAL regions in late 1988. An action platformer featuring roleplay elements, The Adventure of Link is thus far the only official direct sequel to the original Legend of Zelda, and again involves Link on a quest to save Princess Zelda, who has now fallen under a sleeping spell!

The game debuted Link's "magic meter" and his evil counterpart Dark Link, which would become commonplace in future Zelda games, although the role-playing elements and platform-style side-scrolling have not been used since in canonical games.  

Despite this second outing having both fans and detractors today, we love The Adventure of Link's emphasis on side-scrolling and role-playing elements, which was a significant departure from Legend of Zelda, and we weren't the only ones who did! The game was incredibly popular; critics raved about it, and it was a huge financial success.