- “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening,” a remake of the classic Game Boy title, was released for the Nintendo Switch on September 20.
- The new “Link’s Awakening” has been rebuilt from the ground up with a unique visual style and a handful of additions to the game.
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The newest “Legend of Zelda” game is a remake of a Game Boy Classic – “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.”
Released in 1993, “Link’s Awakening” was the first portable “Zelda” game, which makes it a perfect title to remake for the Switch, Nintendo’s portable hybrid console.
While most “Zelda” games take place in the familiar kingdom of Hyrule, “Link’s Awakening” leaves players stranded on a mysterious island. Link, the game’s hero, has to wake a mythical creature called the Wind Fish to find his way home.
The Switch version of “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening” underwent a graphical overhaul, with a cartoonish visual style that’s unlike any other “Zelda” game. But at its core, it’s the same adventure that captivated fans more than 25 years ago.
Here’s what you can expect from the Nintendo Switch remake of “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening”
At the start of “Link’s Awakening,” a horrible storm leaves our hero shipwrecked. Nintendo has animated the opening scenes of the Game Boy classic for the remake.
Rather than the kingdom of Hyrule where most “Zelda” games take place, Link wakes up to find himself on Koholint Island.
Link eventually learns that to escape Koholint Island, he’ll have to wake the Wind Fish, a mythical being residing in a giant egg atop the island’s highest peak.
“The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening” has been totally rebuilt from the ground up with a unique visual style that’s unlike anything in the “Zelda” series thus far.
But like all “Zelda” games, Link must adventure across the map slaying monsters on a quest to save the world.
While “Link’s Awakening” has 3D graphics, the entire game is played in 2D. There’s even a bit of side-scrolling.
Link isn’t totally alone on Koholint Island either; talking to the islanders will slowly unravel the mystery behind the Wind Egg.
And as you explore, you’ll encounter has some fun mini-games and other hidden secrets.
To beat the game, you’ll have to complete a series of dungeons filled with tough enemies and even tougher puzzles to decipher.
Each dungeon will have its own boss enemy waiting for Link at the end.
Inside the different dungeons, you’ll find special items to equip, like bombs, a boomerang, and a shield that reflects magic.
While the new “Link’s Awakening” has been given a complete makeover, it’s still the same classic adventure at its core.
“Link’s Awakening” does have a handful of new surprises though, like the addition of Dampé the Gravedigger, who first appeared in “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.”
Nintendo has also shown a mode that will let players design their own dungeons using specific room layouts they discover during their quest.
“The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening” is available now on the Nintendo Switch.
You can watch the full trailer below:
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