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  • Summary: [*Reviews will go up on September 19 at 5am Pacific] 26 years after its original release on Game Boy, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening will be reborn as a new experience on Nintendo Switch. Buffeted by a storm, Link washes ashore on the mysterious Koholint Island. In order to return[*Reviews will go up on September 19 at 5am Pacific] 26 years after its original release on Game Boy, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening will be reborn as a new experience on Nintendo Switch. Buffeted by a storm, Link washes ashore on the mysterious Koholint Island. In order to return home, Link must overcome challenging dungeons and battle against fearsome monsters. This new version of the classic adventure includes many unique elements that appeared in the original Game Boy release, such as 2D platformer-style rooms and appearances from characters outside of The Legend of Zelda series. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 0 out of 111
  1. Sep 23, 2019
    100
    I found playing through a modern imagining of this classic to be almost perfect. While it doesn’t reinvent the franchise or break convention, it never acts like it wants to. There’s something comforting about returning to a world like this: to know its every corner, to recognize its colorful cast, to feel truly lost in the experience.
  2. Sep 19, 2019
    95
    When I go to give Link's Awakening to someone else, would I recommend this version? Is this the game I want my kids to play? And yes. It is. Absolutely.
  3. Sep 19, 2019
    90
    The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is a great remake, which makes loyalty and technical modernization its best points. With the exception of some minor slowdowns, we do not find drawbacks in a revival that pays tribute effectively, even today, to a historical chapter.
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is one of the cutest and most unforgettable experiences you can ever had on a Nintendo Switch. The game is almost carbon copy of the original one but has that little touches to improve the experience. That is the kind of remake we always want to see.
  5. Sep 19, 2019
    85
    The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is a loving remake of a decades-old game remake with just enough modern touches to make it worth playing again. Graphical overhaul aside, it’s perhaps a little too faithful to the original, while additions like the dungeon-builder are a bust. Newcomers get to experience one of the quirkiest games in the series, but for those who’ve played through it multiple times, there’s little reason to play other than nostalgia or adoration - both of which are perfectly good excuses to return to Koholint.
  6. Sep 26, 2019
    85
    Nintendo once again reaches back to the past to bring back one of its best games - the mobile adventures of a certain warrior in a green outfit. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is basically a brand new game that generates tons of fun even without the cult surrounding the series. If not for some technical issues, it would have been perfect.
  7. Oct 8, 2019
    60
    Unless you find this one on sale, do yourself a favor and grab Link’s Awakening DX instead. You’ll have the same game, minus the Chamber Dungeon, and updated graphics and still have plenty left over to get some other excellent titles.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 37 out of 508
  1. Sep 20, 2019
    10
    Siendo un super-fanático-enférmo de PlayStation, debo reconocer el gran trabajo de Nintendo creando este Remaster, sin duda una gran obra.
  2. Aug 26, 2022
    10
    i love everything on this game. its so good with a good content. i love it til the end
  3. Oct 18, 2019
    10
    Best childhood memories!! Great game!!! Recommend for ToZ beginners and long time players.
  4. Sep 26, 2019
    9
    Would be perfect but can´t give it a 10 because the fram rate is too choppy. If it would just go down to 40 it wouldn´t mind me but sometimesWould be perfect but can´t give it a 10 because the fram rate is too choppy. If it would just go down to 40 it wouldn´t mind me but sometimes it drops below 30 which is really anoying and destroys the atmosphere for the moment. Expand
  5. Sep 21, 2019
    9
    Link's Awakening DX, released in 1993 on the Game Boy Color, is my favorite Zelda game of all time. To say that I had high hopes for thisLink's Awakening DX, released in 1993 on the Game Boy Color, is my favorite Zelda game of all time. To say that I had high hopes for this remake is an understatement.
    This remake is as faithful as remakes come. It is almost completely a 1x1 remake, meaning that they change almost nothing aside from quality of life updates. What else can I say? It's gorgeous, features the same amazing soundtrack but with a breathtaking update on it. Everything I love about this game has been made prettier, cleaner, and nicer. The only reason I'm giving this a 9 instead of a 10 is because of the frame rate and graphical issues. The frame rate, for me at least, occasionally dipped below 30fps, when it should have been locked at 60fps. Furthermore, for a game that should have no problem staying locked at 720p/1080p, it often dipped far below those in docked and handheld, respectively.
    Overall, an incredible game that is perfect in every way except for technical shortcomings.
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  6. Aug 23, 2020
    8
    Love the art style. Probably the only time i've ever thought good job Grezzo. it's one of the better 2d zelda games and they did a great jobLove the art style. Probably the only time i've ever thought good job Grezzo. it's one of the better 2d zelda games and they did a great job showing off the original and adding extra collectibles was so much fun for another run through this game. the dungeon maker let me down though Expand
  7. Jul 29, 2021
    0
    Is that called remake? Seriously? It fits right to Playstation 2 Era and it's not worth 70s

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