Category: Link’s Awakening

One of the most enduring aspects of Link’s Awakening‘s legacy is undoubtedly its music. Equal parts familiar and eccentric, it’s definitely unique among other soundtracks of the franchise. It’s also ripe for incredibly talented individuals like Robin Appelqvist to examine and put their own creative twist on its well-known pieces. Channeling the legendary Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi, Robin has taken “Mabe Village” and re-imagined it as a poignant, piano-laden arrangement. It’s incredibly calming, and I’d urge anyone that enjoys the…

Highlights of the Zelda series, such as Ocarina of Time or Breath of the Wild, stand as staples of the franchise. As a result, however, they tend to outshine other gems, as other games are pushed to the “back burner” and regarded with less value. Whether judging based on nostalgia, quality, accessibility, or attention in the media, some Zelda games tend to fall through the cracks. I would say that Spirit Tracks or The Minish Cap never quite get the…

Since the release of the Link’s Awakening remake in September of 2019, many fans have managed to beat the game from start to finish. But while one can clear any version of this game casually in no time at all, it takes real skill to be the fastest. Most speedrunning experts even go so far as using certain tricks to complete the game faster than a casual player. These kinds of tricks can be seen in the newest episode of…

The limited-edition box set of Link’s Awakening‘s stellar soundtrack released in Japan today. With over 205 tracks spanning both the original and Switch remake of the Zelda classic, this set is sure to be a great addition to any fan’s collection. But if you’d like to see a bit more of what this bundle has to offer, Nintendo of Japan has tweeted a preview video highlighting many of the iconic tunes included within. The Link’s Awakening soundtrack box set features…

We’ve all heard that familiar jingle when Link plunders a chest in a dungeon. Ready? Da-na-na-naaaaa! Of the three items: compass, map and boss key, most are hoping to find the map first — and quickly. For our daily debate today, I’d like you to consider which game in the Legend of Zelda series has the best dungeon maps? For the purpose of this debate, let’s also assume you have found the compass as well. Not having the best sense…

Two of the more unique entries in the Zelda franchise are the multiplayer experiments Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures. Utilizing the titular weapon, Link was able to split himself into four separate versions of himself, each adorned in a different color. These Links were then able to be controlled by four separate players for co-operative questing with a splash of competitive spirit for good measure. The closest we’ve gotten to recapturing that formula was the 2015 3DS title Tri Force Heroes, but…

Welcome back to Zelda Runners, your bi-weekly digest of everything going on in the Zelda speedrunning world. This week’s article features the results of the latest round of voting in multiple games and categories, as well as taking a look at some of the longest speedruns in Zelda history. Think less tea-break, more sleep-break. So make yourself comfy, get some suitable food stock ready, and settle in. Now Playing We finally got the results of the remaining Ocarina of Time community votes this week, which were based on…

Some may remember a time when strategy guides did not even exist. Often, the only way you could get through a tough game was by sharing strategies in the school playground. When gaming magazines began to appear this all changed forever. What began as a hints and tips section, developed into full page spreads with step by step guides. Realizing there was a market out there, companies produced their own guides. In time, strategy guides have continued to develop and…

Link’s Awakening has such a tiny, albeit deeply-enriching quest with so much to take in. And the one song that pulls everything together for this memorable story is the song that Marin sings, “Ballad of the Wind Fish”. While this tune traditionally has more of a toned-down vibe, the remix we’re listening to today from GlitchxCity sounds more like something you would hear in an Animal Crossing game. GlitchxCity has remixed music from other game series such as Pokémon, Deltarune,…

Life is too short, guys. Honestly, it’s hard to believe that Coraline turned 11 years old last month, as it feels like I was introduced to the film just yesterday. Having watched it five times during its theatrical run — more than any other movie I’ve seen — I was so entranced by this flick’s imaginative spirit. The endearingly adventurous heroine, the painstakingly immaculate stop-motion visuals, the haunting musical score — it all comes together to create what might be…