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Controls[edit]

Overhead Map[edit]

NES GameCube Wii-cc VC Wii Remote Description
Neutral dpad Neutral dpad Neutral dpad Neutral dpad Use the direction pad to move Link in the four cardinal directions.
A button A button A button 2 button Once Link has obtained obtained the hammer, you can press the A button to wield it and smash down boulders that block your path on the roads.
B button B button B button 1 button Once Link has collected the flute, press the B button to play a tune on the magical instrument.
Start button Start button Plus button Plus button Press Start to pause and unpause the action mid-game.

Side Scrolling Controls[edit]

NES GameCube Wii-cc VC Wii Remote Description
Left dpad/Right dpad Left dpad/Right dpad Left dpad/Right dpad Left dpad/Right dpad Direct Link to run to the left or to the right.
Down dpad Down dpad Down dpad Down dpad Press down to make Link crouch. Doing this also moves Link's shield down so that you can block a lower attack. If you have the downward thrust move, pressing down while in mid-air will do a downward thrust attack.
Up dpad Up dpad Up dpad Up dpad If you have the upward thrust move, pressing up while in mid-air will do an upward thrust attack.
A button A button A button 2 button Press the A button to make Link jump. Press jump in conjunction with left and right to direct Link through the air.
B button B button B button 1 button Press the B button to make Link slash out with his sword. If he is at full health, this will also send out a magic sword-blade which travels a short distance.
Start button Start button Plus button Plus button Press Start to pause the game and call up the Sub-Screen.
Select button X button/Y button Minus button Minus button Once you have selected a spell from the subscreen, press this button to cast it, provided you have enough magic.

Starting the Game[edit]

Selection screen

Starting a New Game[edit]

Gamepad icon.png
Select controller:
NES, GameCube, Wii Classic Controller

Before you begin, you must first enter your name in one of the three save slots. Press Select button until the fairy is next to "REGISTER YOUR NAME" and press Start button. Use the Select button button to line up the heart with the Link that you wish to name. Enter a name of up to eight letters using the control pad to select a letter and the A button button to enter it. Once you have registered your name, line up the heart with "REGISTER END" and press Start button.

Erasing an Old Game[edit]

Press Select button until the heart is next to "ELIMINATION MODE" and press Start button. Use Select button to move the fairy next to the Link that you wish to erase and press the Start button button. This will erase that name. Move the heart to "ELIMINATION END" and press Start button again. This permanently erases all the data for the Link selected so use with caution.

Continue a Saved Game[edit]

On the selection screen, you can select a saved game to continue. Certain information can be seen from the selection screen. This information includes the save file's name, the current levels of Link's power, magic, and health, and the number of times Link has lost all of his lives for that save file. If there is a Triforce in the file, it means the save file in question is in the middle of the second quest.

Game Over Options[edit]

  • If you want to continue the game, choose "CONTINUE" with the Select button button and press Start button. You will begin the game in the North Palace alongside sleeping Princess Zelda with full health and magic, with all of your possessions intact, but your current experience points will be reset to zero.
  • If you are done for the time being, choose "SAVE" with the Select button button and press Start button. All information about your accomplishments will be stored and retained until the next time you play.

The Screen[edit]

Adventure of Link subscreen.png

Status Bar[edit]

The status bar can be seen at all times at the top of the screen. From left to right, you can see:

  • Link's current attack level.
  • Link's current magic level, and the current amount of magic power.
  • Link's current health level, and the current amount of health remaining.
  • Link's current experience points out of the amount needed for the next level.

Sub-Screen[edit]

The Sub-Screen can be brought up by pausing the game. From top to bottom, you will see the following information:

  • Which of the eight spells Link has learned, and how many point of magic it costs to cast them (one portion of the magic meter is 16 points).
  • The number of lives that Link has remaining.
  • The number of dungeon keys that Link currently possesses.
  • The number of palace crystals that Link has left to place in statues.
  • Link's current inventory of items and equipment.

Dying[edit]

Link begins the game with 3 lives. Lives are lost when Link loses all of his health or falls into a pit. Lives can be gained by collecting link dolls which are scattered throughout the game. Losing a life can be beneficial because all of your health and magic will be replenished. There is a penalty to continuing the game after all lives have been lost.

Upon death, Link will revive at the starting point of whichever location he is in. Dying while engaged in an overworld encounter will restart from the center location. Dying in a town or action segment will cause Link to enter the area from the same direction he originally came from.

Dying in a palace will place Link at the entrance or most recently passed checkpoint. When this happens, any of the more threatening enemies you already defeated will remain out of the game. Other enemies will re-spawn. If you wish to fight all of the significant enemies again you may leave the palace, and then immediately reenter.

Link picking up a doll

Earning new lives[edit]

There are a few one-up dolls scattered throughout the game. These will appear in action segments, and be placed on the ground to be picked up. These are very valuable if the player wishes to avoid using continues.

Using a continue[edit]

Return of Ganon

Should Link lose all of his lives but still wish to continue his adventure, he may do so. When the game is continued, Link will start from the temple where Zelda sleeps. All items and levels Link acquired will be preserved, but he will lose all experience points towards the next level. His lives count will be reset to 3.