Since the release of Breath of the Wild in 2017, it’s been debated whether we would be lucky enough to see another Zelda title grace the Nintendo Switch. Fortunately, fans are set to be treated to one of the best in the series, as The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is being remade 26 years after its debut.
Originally released on the Nintendo Game Boy in 1993, Link’s Awakening began its life as a port of the highly popular Super Nintendo title A Link to the Past before evolving into a true sequel instead. Five years later, the game was given a new palette, becoming the first in the series to launch on the Game Boy Color.
Link’s Awakening is a strange game in the Zelda series, ditching the titular princess, Ganon, the Master Sword, the Triforce and the land of Hyrule in favour of the mysterious Koholint Island. The Island is filled with references to Nintendo’s other beloved series, with Tarin and the Cucco Keeper resembling Mario and Luigi, Yoshi appearing in the form of a doll and enemies from Super Mario arriving in abundance, such as Piranha Plants, Chain Chomps and Goombas.
Alongside a beautiful animated opening cinematic, the announcement trailer gives us a good look at what to expect from the comprehensive remake. Link looks decidedly more doll-like than his previous incarnations, which is sure to divide fans but I personally believe it captures the darkness of the Koholint well.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake will launch on Nintendo Switch later this year. Those that can’t wait for the remake can play the 1998 DX version on 3DS thanks to the eShop Virtual Console.
KitGuru Says: It’s safe to say that I cannot wait for the remake. If you missed out on the original, I highly recommend waiting for the remake. The controls are now out-dated, but the game remains on par with Majora’s Mask as my favourite in the Zelda series. Did you manage to complete the original? Will you be playing the remake when it comes out?