Ah, Zelda II. I’m pretty sure I drove every game store and electronics department employee in a 10-mile radius crazy asking about this one. Zelda II was supposed to be out sometime in the spring of 1989, or maybe even sooner, but Nintendo’s infamous “chip shortages” — and what was that about, really? — delayed the game for months. I called around town asking to see if it was in stock practically every weekend for half a year, but to no avail. It wasn’t until I gave up that it finally showed up.
A friend of mine picked it up that December and was kind enough to lend it to me over the weekend before Christmas break. Unfortunately, I, uh… kind of forgot to give it back and ended up borrowing it over the entire holiday. Yeah, I still feel guilty about that one.