The Legend of Zelda games included with the NES Classic Edition are, much like the Super Mario trilogy, amongst the most popular games in the system's library.
The original Legend of Zelda kicked off a cultural phenomenon that's still going strong today, and while The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is less popular than its predecessor, it still has a place in most fans' hearts.
Both games are tough thanks in part to their open-ended natures. This guide will help you find the items and power-ups you need to survive. Don't forget to check out the other tips and articles we've written about the NES Classic Edition and its games.
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The Legend of Zelda Cheats and Hints
Where to find the dungeons -- Your foremost goal in The Legend of Zelda is to clear out Hyrule's dungeons and find the items and Triforce shards within. However, some of these strongholds are well-hidden. Here's how to get to each one.
Level 1 – The Eagle
From the game's starting point, go one screen right, four screens up, and one screen left. The dungeon is inside the tree trunk.
Level 2 – The Moon
From the game's starting point, go four screens right, two screens up, two screens right, one screen up, one screen left, and up the stairs. Enter the cave to find the dungeon.
Level 3 – The Manji
From the game's starting point, go one screen up, five screens left, one screen down, and one screen right. You'll find the dungeon inside the cave.
Level 4 – The Snake
You'll need the Raft for this one; you can find it in Level 3. From the game's starting point, go one screen right, one screen up, and use the Raft to travel to the next dungeon.
Level 5 – The Lizard
From the game's starting point, go seven screens right, four screens up, two screens right, one screen up, two screens left, and four screens up. You'll find the dungeon entrance here.
Level 6 – The Dragon
From the game's starting point, go one screen up, three screens left, one screen down, one screen left, three screens up, two screens right, and one screen up. The dungeon is inside the cave.
Level 7 – The Demon
From the game's starting point, go one screen up, two screens left, and one screen up. Use the Recorder (you can get the Recorder in the fifth dungeon) to dry up the faerie pond. The dungeon is down the staircaise.
Level 8 – The Lion
From the game's starting point, go right four screens, up two screens, right one screen, down one screen, and right one screen. You'll see a bush at the top-center of the screen that looks suspiciously out of place. Burn it down with a candle to reveal the entrance to the eighth dungeon.
Level 9 – The Entrance to Death (Ganon)
From the game's starting point, go right one screen, up five screens, left one screen, and up one screen. Cross the river, then go up one screen and left two screens. Bomb the left rock to reveal the final dungeon.
Now that you know the dungeon locations, you'll want to know how to beef up Link so he doesn't get utterly mauled by the enemies within. Time to go heart-hunting.
Have a heart -- The Legend of Zelda is a very open game. While your main goal is to find pieces of the Triforce scattered around Hyrule's dungeons, you should take plenty of time to wander the overworld in search of the Rupees and power-ups you need to make yourself stronger. For instance, the overworld has five heart containers that extend Link's health bar. Here's how to find them.
From the game's starting point, go four screens to the right. Place a bomb at the leftmost rock corner (where the mountain face forms a 90-degree angle). You can buy bombs, and the blue versions of some enemies (including Moblins and Octoroks) drop them. You can also get bombs as a reward for clearing some dungeon rooms.
From the game's starting point, go four screens to the right, five screens up, and then one screen right. Place a bomb at the lower-right corner of the rock in the middle of the screen.
From the game's starting point, go one screen right, three screens up, and then one screen left. Equip either the red or blue candle (you can buy a blue candle, and the red candle can be found in the seventh dungeon) and burn the fifth bush from the right to reveal a staircase. Downstairs, you're offered a heart container or the water of life. Go for the heart.
From the game's starting point, go eight screens to the right and two more up. Use the ladder (which you can find in the fourth dungeon) to cross the gaps and reach the heart container.
From the game's starting point, go eight screens to the right, then up for four screens. Use the raft (which you can get in the third dungeon) to reach a cave with an old man who offers you another water of life or heart container. Pick the heart container.
Easy rupees -- There are hidden Moblins scattered everywhere in Hyrule, and if you uncover them, they'll buy your silence (not that Link talks, anyway). Here are the locations of three Moblins who'll reward you with 100 rupees each if you keep their hiding places a secret from everyone.
From the game's starting point, go two screens to the left. Use a candle to burn down the third bush from the top. You'll find a Moblin hiding down the staircase here. Again, you can buy a blue candle, or get the red candle in the seventh dungeon.
From the game's starting point, go seven screens to the right. Burn down the lower third bush from the left using a candle. Go down the stairs to meet a Moblin.
From the game's starting point, go seven screens to the right, four screens up, two screens to the right, one screen up, and two more to the right. There's an hold man here who wants to play a gambling game, but you actually want to go behind his house and push up against the middle of the mountain wall. You'll find a secret passage that will take you to the third rich Moblin.
The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Cheats and Hints
Power up -- You can still find heart containers to extend Link's health bar in Zelda II, but there are only four this time around. However, you can also hunt down magic containers that expand Link's magic bar. Here's how to find the good stuff.
Travel south of Parapa Palace while sticking to the eastern shoreline. You'll find a heart container in a ring of trees. Be prepared to fight a Goriya for your prize.
Travel south of Rauru until you find a cave. You'll find a heart inside. You need the hammer to get into the cave, which you can find at Spectacle Rock at the end of the Death Mountain maze.
When travelling the invisible path to the Ocean Palace, keep pressing up on the controller until Link advances three spaces north. From there, walk east until you find a hidden heart container.
Walk east from Three-Eye Rock (the sixth palace) and walk along the shoreline until you find a hidden area with the heart container.
First magic container
You'll find this in a cave just to the southwest of the Northern Palace (your starting point). You'll probably need to get the candle from Parapa Palace to safely navigate the terrain and grab the magic container within.
Second magic container
When you get the hammer at Spectacle Rock, you can test it out immediately by breaking the rock beside the cave entrance. Fall down into the hole to get a magic container.
Third magic container
There's a hidden hole in the lower left-hand area of the Maze Island. Fall down it to get a magic container.
Fourth magic container
This one's doubly-hidden. Go to the Hidden Town of Kasuto, which you'll find through a cave in the north-eastern corner of East Hyrule. Use the hammer to chop down the trees here and reveal the town. Inside, there's an old lady in a blue dress who will tell you to follow her. Go into her house to find the last magic container in her basement.
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