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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: 30 out of 408
  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. Sep 21, 2019
    10
    Of 2019 this is one of the best true Remasters to hit the Market. The updated Graphics remind me of A Link Between Worlds in how they make anOf 2019 this is one of the best true Remasters to hit the Market. The updated Graphics remind me of A Link Between Worlds in how they make an older game feel more modern, but not so much that it takes itself too seriously. I will enjoy trying to speed-run this game! Expand
  3. Sep 20, 2019
    10
    The perfect remake, for a perfect game like Zelda: Link's awakening.

    * Music: Outstanding 10/10 - All pieces are orchestral gems, perfectly
    The perfect remake, for a perfect game like Zelda: Link's awakening.

    * Music: Outstanding 10/10 - All pieces are orchestral gems, perfectly worked.
    * Graphics: Perfect Beauty 10/10 - The cenital view is like the original game. But that beautiful graphics... The water is remarkable.
    * Playability: Immersive 10/10 - Arround 20 hs of lifespan of enjoyable and immersive experience.
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  4. Feb 2, 2020
    9
    Link's Awakening on the Gameboy was my first Zelda game. It had a memorable score and characters. The dungeons and bosses were some of theLink's Awakening on the Gameboy was my first Zelda game. It had a memorable score and characters. The dungeons and bosses were some of the more unusual but unique. It's such a beautiful game with a charming story.

    It's appropriate that they opted for the visual style they did. At first I wasn't sure what to make of it. But the toylike nature not only complements the old Gameboy look, but it also fits the dream like narrative that permeates the story.

    You are Link who finds himself shipwrecked on Koholint Island. You are tasked with driving back the nightmares to wake the Windfish.

    Due to the nature of the gameboy? The world map is fairly small but it is dense! It's incredibly packed with all manner of interesting things to see and do. Whether you kick back and try your hand at the fishing or crane games. Or maybe you check out Dampe's dungeon builder.

    In fact Dampe's dungeon builder is the only real new addition to the game feature wise. It's unfortunate then that it's a bit of a bust. There is no online functionality and your creative options are kind of limited. It's a shame because a Zelda maker could have great potential.

    This 3DS remake has a camera that constantly follows link as opposed to the screen to screen transition of the original. Also updated is the inventory and you have to swap items far less now. it's a small quality of life improvement but it means a lot.

    It's a fantastic remake. If you have never played the original? This is a great opportunity to do so.
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  5. Oct 7, 2019
    9
    Por fin un zelda de verdad. BotW me decepcionó en extremo, era cualquier cosa menos un zelda, ni estilo a los 2D ni a los 3D, solo era otroPor fin un zelda de verdad. BotW me decepcionó en extremo, era cualquier cosa menos un zelda, ni estilo a los 2D ni a los 3D, solo era otro juego de mundo abierto que bebía demasiado de Shadow of the Colossus.
    El aspecto gráfico puede gustarte o no, han elegido un aspecto chibi a lo pin y pon que puede no gustar a todos pero a mi parecer le pega muy bien a los Zelda 2D y está bastante pulido.
    Solo lamento que hayan tenido que recuperar un juego antiguo para que Zelda vuelva a ser lo que era, espero que saquen un nuevo Zelda de este estilo en un futuro y no otra castaña como el BotW.
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  6. Aug 9, 2020
    8
    O jogo é bom, mas eu realmente esperava algo melhor do que vi, porém deu para se divertir, recomendo para quem está chegando no Switch agora.
  7. Jul 6, 2020
    0
    No me gustó ni su mecánica, ni su mojigata historia para niñ@s. Esta vez tampoco queda claro si Link es célibe, eunuco o gay en el closet.No me gustó ni su mecánica, ni su mojigata historia para niñ@s. Esta vez tampoco queda claro si Link es célibe, eunuco o gay en el closet. Podría ser una o las tres cosas a la vez. No hay guión, ni historia que tenga un minimo sentido. NO hay por donde cogerlo. Expand

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