I looked at a bunch of message board discussions about the game, and saw numerous threads about "where do you learn all the hardest stuff," and nobody knew of an actual hint about using Thunder on Thunderbird. I guess if you have a manual then you know his name, and that's all the hint you get.
Re the child in the cave, at least someone tells you he's on the island. If you don't find the magic container on the island, for which there is no hint and no other reason to walk through that square, you can't finish the game. That seems to be agreed to be one of the most obscure things in the game.
I don't think Death Mountain is as hard as people say. The maze isn't that tricky, there are some overpowered enemies (the guys with the axes) but I mostly accepted the amount of damage it would take to run past them rather than taking even more fighting them, and it worked. Every palace gave me more trouble than Death Mountain. I really just tried going right every time, and after I died I tried going left every time, and by that point I'd seen enougt of the overworld to have a feel for it, and got it in one or two more tries.
Getting to the Great Palace is sure hard. I'm glad I saved the one-time-use (unless you reset the game after using them and keep doing it until you beat the part your working on) 1UP dolls for when I really needed them. I just used Fairy to get through alot of those screens.
The worst room in the game is the one you see him playing at 11:20 here, and that is in the 6th Palace.
> Does it bother you that Thunderbird and Link's Shadow are so much harder than Ganon was in the original game? Ganon's pretty easy considering that the original Level 9 is still pretty hard!!!
I had more trouble on Ganon, personally.
Battle for Olympus at least doesn't have an overworld. If you've seen those new, retro-style Blood Stained: Curse of the Moon games, those are really shameless imitations of Castlevania III, and are made by one of the same people! They're great though.
> I discussed it with andrew r on this board many decades ago and he wanted to make a bet with me to see if I could find dungeon #8 on my own.
I'd be impressed if you did.