Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening originally came out for the Nintendo GameBoy in 1993. Growing up, my parents couldn’t afford to buy me a GameBoy and the only time I played games on this system was when my next door neighbor let me borrow his, in exchange for letting him use the old Electronic games that came out for Disney movies. I had the Aladdin, Lion King and even the Batman Returns one. Those were awesome and if you don’t know what they are, please look them up!
ANYWAY, the original GameBoy is one of the few consoles that I have not yet purchased for my collection, so when I heard that this game was going to be remade for the Nintendo Switch I was super excited. From the trailers and game play that was released, the game looked amazing on the Switch.
My husband told me this was one of his favorite Zelda story lines and it stuck with him as a kid…and I knew why when I was done with the game. The game starts of with Link, far from Hyrule, washed up on the shores of an unknown village. You find yourself confused regarding your whereabouts and are told by an owl that in order for you to understand where you are and what is going on you have to wake up the legendary Wind Fish.
In order to awake the Wind Fish you need special instruments that you will collect after you defeat dungeon bosses. The dungeons are not that difficult and it is pretty easy to maneuver through the puzzles. Even when you are not sure in which direction the next dungeon is located, the owl comes and tells you were to go, or you can talk to people you encounter in villages. Clues are all over the place and the dungeons are no exception. You can get clues by finding the beak for the owl statutes located throughout the dungeons. Simply put, the game is too easy!
I would have loved for their to have been animated cut scenes like you see in the beginning of the game. At least a few times as the story unfolds would have added to the remastered feeling. However, the game is still very fun to play and a great introduction to the series for the younger generation where the Switch might be their first video game system.
My rating: 4.75 out of 5.0 Pros: I never played the original version and found the story done well and the game play was fun. Cons: Dungeons weren’t that challenging, the frames dropped a bit when you go to the next areas and I wished there were more cut scenes.