We’re a week away from The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening hitting the Nintendo Switch marking the release of a remake nobody expected but one we’re very grateful for. We’re sure you’re aware by now, but it’s a full-fledged remake of the classic GameBoy-era Zelda title. It’s been 6 years since we’ve received a full-fledged single-player top-down old-school style Zelda game in the form of the critically acclaimed A Link Between Worlds. I’m sure that, like myself, many of you are very excited to sit down and sink your teeth into this 90s era experience that comes with more than just a fresh coat of new paint.
Link’s Awakening looks incredibly charming, full of vigor and life. The old-timey cartoon style of the characters, true to the original’s cut-scene designs, have been off-putting for some but I’m in full favor of them. While we are seeing a lot of green tree and grass environments, every area of the game previewed in the above Overview trailer looks like it’ll be a joy to explore. The character and monster animations, the weapon effects, and even traversing the dungeons, this is going to be a top-quality Zelda experience. Plus, Breath Of The Wild 2 is still a ways away.
I played The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening as a young child but at the time, I was too dumb to beat it. Truthfully, I hadn’t even cleared Ocarina of Time until the 3DS remake came out. Like the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake, this game doesn’t require you at all to be familiar with the original version. I think this, as well as that, will stand entirely on its own. Not to say that it’ll replace the first versions and won’t owe a lot to them, but that they’ll have plenty to offer in their own right.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening hits the Nintendo Switch on September 20.