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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 394
  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 22, 2019
    10
    Uno de los juegos más bonitos jamás creados, jugabilidad perfecta, divertido y muy fiel al original. Juego prácticamente perfecto.
  3. Sep 20, 2019
    10
    Just play it! You will most surely enjoy the game from beginning to end thanks to the cute art style, soundtrack and puzzles.
  4. Jun 14, 2020
    9
    I’ve been pretty steadfast in my critique that 2019 was a bland year for video games. While there were some diamonds in the rough, 2019I’ve been pretty steadfast in my critique that 2019 was a bland year for video games. While there were some diamonds in the rough, 2019 certainly lacked the excitement of years past. That is, unless you were a Nintendo fan, though, because in 2019, there was always something around the corner. Even with a few small missteps in “Yoshi’s Crafted World,” “Daemon X Machina,” and the polarizing “Pokémon Sword & Shield,” there were equally as many well-received games, including “Super Mario Maker 2,” “Fire Emblem: Three Houses,” “Astral Chain” and “Luigi’s Mansion 3.” One of the other noteworthy titles was “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening,” a full remake of the original 1993 game for the Game Boy. While that game has received heaps of praise then and continues to today, I personally never really played the game. I owned the “DX” version for the Game Boy Color as a kid, but having known nothing about the “Zelda” series back then, it was lost on me. Still, I was pretty excited when they announced this Switch remake simply because of how great it looked, and beyond it being pretty gratifying to finally get to beat the game after so long, I was very pleased by my entire experience with the game.
    “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening” just bursts with love: you can tell just how much effort and attention was put into making this the best remake possible, and the effort shows. I love the visual design of the game; it’s a loving recreation of the original game with a great, toy-like design that fits the game perfectly and is just brimming with color. I love how the game almost has this look of being an interactive play set, it’s perfectly captured and captivating. Gameplay-wise, the game still feels like it belongs in 2019: sure, like many “Zelda” games, I highly recommend you have a guide nearby, since a number of the dungeons and puzzles can be overwhelming (as can the size of the map), but it’s the type of game that makes you feel gratified when you complete them. The game has its challenge, but it’s not “fake difficulty,” it’s a genuine challenge that works in the games favor. The boss battles also grew on me a lot, I initially thought a few were a bit simplistic, but they were still plenty of fun to fight, and the final boss was definitely a highlight. The music is also fantastic, the relaxed vibe of the game is strong (I got a kick of just running around and cutting grass, for example), and I also thought the game did a nice job with its writing, too! Koholint Island, beyond its stunning visual design, is home to a variety of memorable characters, and there’s plenty of emotional moments that are conveyed well, even as a title that follows the “Zelda” tradition of being rather minimal. I might not be able to fully compare this to the original game, but what I can say is that I can tell that so much love when into this remake, and the effort shows in a fantastic game.
There are a few minor critiques that I have that hold it back a bit: I’ve heard a number of people complain about some frame-rate drops, and yeah, I did notice a few of them. Having played the game both docked and undocked, some of the dips were noticeable. Not quite enough to break my immersion, but enough to wish they would be polished a little bit more. I’d say my big concern, though, is the length: I wouldn’t exactly say it’s the shortest game you’ll play, but keep in mind that, with this game, you’re essentially getting a remake of a handheld game on a system that, at least partially, is a console. It might feel a little longer if you’re like me and you have some trouble figuring things out, but I can imagine this being one of those “breather” games you play between big ones, since it’s short enough. And I think it’s something for me to hang around because, unfortunately, the game still costs $60 to purchase. I absolutely think the game is worth playing, but I’ll totally understand that some people might be on the fence about paying so much for a handheld remake on a console, and I do think that’s valid.

    Overall, though, whether you wait for a price drop or not, “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening” on the Switch is a game I absolutely recommend. It’s a loving remake of a classic handheld “Zelda” game, and it’s a memorable experience from start to finish. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer who has played the original versions of the game, or someone who’s never gotten a chance to, I think this remake has a little something for everyone. Do yourself a favor and play “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening,” because it’s another excellent addition to the incredible lineup of games that the Switch has continued to amass.
    Final rating: 9 out of 10 “Awesome”
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  5. Oct 29, 2019
    9
    Soy fan de la saga desde Nintendo 64, así que agradezco mucho a Nintendo este remake y poder jugar a esta maravilla a día de hoy. Este juegoSoy fan de la saga desde Nintendo 64, así que agradezco mucho a Nintendo este remake y poder jugar a esta maravilla a día de hoy. Este juego demuestra que importa más un apartado visual bonito y bien trabajado antes que unos gráficos hiperrealistas. (Al menos para mí.)

    Al principio, el juego me pareció demasiado sencillo y muy “paseo”. Que equivocado estaba… Creo que es el Zelda en el que más me he perdido y he pasado ratos dando vueltas buscando como seguir… Sobre todo porque me he negado a buscar guías en internet y así intentar tener una experiencia lo más parecida a la GameBoy en su día.

    ¡La única pega que le tengo que poner es que me ha sabido a demasiado poco!
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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. Jun 20, 2020
    0
    La misma mierda de siempre!!!!!
    Porque no dejan morir a la saga de una vez?

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