The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

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Link's Awakening
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Release

Platform

Date

Japan June 6, 1993
North America August 1993
Europe December 1993

North America December 1, 1998
Japan December 12, 1998
Europe January 1, 1999

June 7, 2011

Credits

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Almost a year and a half after the release of A Link to the Past, Nintendo made an on-the-go adventure for the Game Boy entitled The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. The tone of the game was much more lighthearted compared to the previous games, having the townspeople making comments about how the controls work for the Gameboy, then explaining they have no idea what they're talking about. The game also featured several cameo appearances from other Nintendo games, primarily from the Mario series, including several enemies, such as the Goombas, which could be defeated by jumping on them just as in the Mario games.

Link's Awakening begins with Link being shipwrecked on the island of Koholint, the only means of his departure being to awaken the mystical, sleeping Wind Fish on the top of a mountain by collecting the Eight Instruments of the Sirens. In tackling the dungeons, there are several items, some returning from previous Zelda titles, and some that are quite unique. One of the most notable is the Roc's Feather, which gives Link the ability to jump for the first time in an overhead perspective Zelda game.

In 1998, the DX version of the game was released for the Game Boy Color, enhancing the game with bright colors as well as adding an optional Color Dungeon, which allowed Link to get one of two special upgrades.

Story

Main article: Link's Awakening Story

After defeating Ganon in A Link to the Past, Link decides to go on a journey to prepare himself in case such an evil returns. On his way back to Hyrule after trials in Labrynna and Holodrum, Link's ship falls prey to a storm. Link wakes up on the beach of the mysterious island of Koholint, where he must gather eight instruments in order to wake the Wind Fish sleeping atop Mt. Tamaranch and leave the island.

Timeline Placement

This is a continuation of the tale of the Link incarnation from A Link to the Past, Oracle of Seasons, and Oracle of Ages during the Era of Light and Dark. These four games follow a hypothetical ending of Ocarina of Time in which Ganondorf manages to defeat Link, triggering a chain of events leading to the Imprisoning War, the backstory of A Link to the Past. Link's Awakening is followed a few generations later by A Link Between Worlds and a great time later by The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link.

Characters

Link's Awakening has a wide range of characters of many shapes and sizes. From humans to animals, this game is chock full of grouchy, funny, and great characters. For a list of all characters from both the Game Boy and Game Boy Color versions, check the gallery below.

Enemies

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Other media

See Also

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Videos


Japanese Puppet Commerical

American Down with Zelda Commerical

Game Intro