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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: 36 out of 487
  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 20, 2019
    10
    Recomendado para todos, no se arrepentirán, tiene gráficos increíbles y sonido perfecto.
  3. Feb 26, 2020
    10
    The game is an excellent remake equivalent to the original YS6. I recommend this game.
  4. Jan 19, 2020
    9
    Um remake fiel trazendo uma arte unica, gráficos cristalinos, jogabilidade clássica da série 2d, salve se algumas quedas mínimas no fps queUm remake fiel trazendo uma arte unica, gráficos cristalinos, jogabilidade clássica da série 2d, salve se algumas quedas mínimas no fps que não vejo explicações lógicas para tal, e a nao inclusão de conteudos extras nao me permite conceder um 10, mesmo assim uma boa pedida para o Switch. Expand
  5. Sep 28, 2019
    9
    So nice and interesting game. Finished it in a few days and wanna play it again
  6. Jan 1, 2021
    8
    Charming atmosphere. Very well done remake.

    The Good: - Charming visuals, characters and dialogue - Game progression, gameplay, and level
    Charming atmosphere. Very well done remake.

    The Good:
    - Charming visuals, characters and dialogue
    - Game progression, gameplay, and level design are all true to the original, with custom dungeon addition. And unfortunately the shop keeper doesn't kill you for stealing.
    - Music is of course good as with any Zelda
    - Dungeon design is top notch. Makes you think hard sometimes.
    - Classic Zelda item progression. Fun to see where to use new items for new pathways.
    - The ending is bitter sweet.

    The Bad:
    - Some of the trade quests can be very ambiguous as to the whereabouts of the person you need to trade with
    - It's short, for a Zelda game. Mainly due to the world map being quite compact.
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  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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