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#16: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

September 1988: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Back in the Arkanoid entry that began our Sequel Season here, I said that the ideal sequel should build on the original in exciting and unexpected ways, and certainly, there are ways in which Zelda II is a stellar example of this. The world of Hyrule is considerably expanded, for example; no longer is the human population of the world limited to cave-dwelling hermits, now there are whole towns full of people going about their business, each with their own story to tell. Very short stories, admittedly, but still fraught with character and emotion. “I AM ERROR” is perhaps rightly the most celebrated example, though I personally am rather a fan of “IF ALL ELSE FAILS USE FIRE”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in 1988, NES, Zelda


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#15: Treasure Island Dizzy

Treasure Island Dizzy

August 1988: Treasure Island Dizzy

Unlike the original, Treasure Island Dizzy is a game that I actually did play when I was younger, the first of many Dizzy sequels that found their way into my collection. (Or, perhaps more accurately, my parents’ collection, and not just in the sense that they were obviously the ones actually paying for it.) Not that I was aware at the time that it was the first – only the final entry in the series, Crystal Kingdom Dizzy, stands out as one where I can recall a time without it. The rest were simply the Dizzy games that had always been there. I didn’t have a conception that the series had developed over time, that Treasure Island was an early entry in the series displaying some growing pains. So while Crystal Kingdom was the new one, Treasure Island was not the old one. No, Treasure Island was the hard one. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in 1988, Commodore 64, Dizzy


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