I’ve never made a secret of my forbidden love for the most maligned Zelda game*, and thanks to Super Mario Maker the Adventure of Link can continue!
There is a catch however. I’ve noticed that in the few hours since I uploaded it, it’s had 24 people try the stage and only two complete it.
This level has no hints, it has no arrows, it is meant to be played the way games were played in the 1980s. In other words: you have to explore every nook and cranny to find all the secrets, power ups and short cuts. (Of course, if you’re familiar with Zelda II palaces, you could probably guess where some of the secrets are.)
That being said, it’s possible to beat the level fairly straightforward as Super Mario (or Fire Mario), but it would be a bit trickier to beat it as Link. Once you’ve figured out how to beat it as Zelda, it can be beat in a matter of seconds without difficulty. Feel free to give it a shot, and let me know what you thought! (Also, I’m up for constructive criticism - tell me how to improve it!)
Course ID: 80CF-0000-004E-15DB
Why You Should Play It: Because it’s dangerous to go alone!
* Yes, obviously the CD-i games are even MORE maligned than Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, but those games are so universally recognized as horrible that even Nintendo doesn’t want to talk about them.