Tucked in at the end of Nintendo’s Direct yesterday evening was the reveal of a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.
Link’s Awakening was one of the original Zelda games, released over 25 years ago for the Game Boy in 1993. The remake is coming to Nintendo Switch later in 2019 in full 3D, although we imagine the art style could prove a little divisive. It’s got a whiff of claymation to it, a style that Nintendo is loving these days between this, New Super Mario Bros, Yoshi, and Kirby.
Zelda: Link’s Awakening is a game I’ve probably played through more times than I’m prepared to admit, but at the time it was a pretty special thing to be able to play a sprawling game like that on a handheld. It’s an ancient looking game now though, so it definitely makes it a great fit for a remake. It helps as well that it’s absolutely fantastic, even today, and comfortably stands up as one of the strongest Zelda games ever made.
It’s also quite a bit different from your usual console Zelda adventures in that it’s not yet another fight across Hyrule to beat down Ganon; Link’s Awakening is set on picturesque Koholint Island and Link is trying to awaken the Wind Fish.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is out later in the year on Switch.