I really love Zelda 2. I can play it over and over again and still enjoy it. The difficulty is part of the fun, because it is an action game. It probably would have been better if you could keep leveling up though (and not eventually max out). That way if you find things too hard, then you can keep leveling.
My main complaint about Zelda 2 is that they never explain you can chop down trees using the hammer by pressing B on the overworld. That just does not seem intuitive at all.
Oh my god yes! That is sooo counter-intuitive.
The manual does mention it but I totally forgot by the time I got to the part where you need that information.