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In the original Zelda things were wildly different on your second playthough. I always wanted to but never managed to keep a NES/Zelda cartridge/battery long enough to go far enough past a 2nd playthough to look for more cool changes.

Did I miss anything?

I could swear before I was old enough to really remember I saw something before I got the NES or Zelda at someone's house that I never found playing it through about 2.5 playthroughs.

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At least in the NES version, you can name your character Zelda, and start immediately at the second quest, without having to beat the first quest. – Adeese May 30 '11 at 17:43
To skip to the "Second Quest" immediately, you need to name your file "ZEDA" (all capitals is required!) – Bing May 3 '15 at 9:46

No. To my knowledge, the third playthrough is identical to the second.

The exception is if you're playing the PC clone Zelda Classic, which does indeed have a third quest.

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+1 for link.... – WalterJ89 Oct 18 '10 at 2:56
@Walter Terrible terrible pun detected. – Margaret Dec 30 '10 at 12:26

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