Category: Link’s Awakening

The ending of Link’s Awakening is one that can leave an emotional impact on anybody who has traversed Koholint Island. Of course, then there’s also the secret ending that can be unlocked by surviving the game and never running out of hearts. This ending is almost the exact same, except for a shot of a seagull flying away and then an image of Marin appearing in the clouds. In a recent video over on YouTube, animator Benek shared a comedic…

Welcome back to Zelda Runners, your glimpse into the world of Zelda speedrunning. Recently, the speedrunning world was treated to the semi-annual Games Done Quick event. Speedrunners from around the world gathered together to showcase their skills while raising money for Doctors Without Borders. This year’s summer event featured five different Zelda titles, each of them being broken in their own way. With titles spanning 29 years, we were able to see a true evolution in Zelda games. Without further…

With the school year starting up once again, I’m sure Lunchables are going to be a top priority on many families’ grocery lists. In an effort to “power up” this lunchtime classic, Nintendo has partnered with Lunchables to bring some of its most popular characters to grocery store shelves across the US. Until the end of the year, select Lunchables boxes will feature characters from Nintendo Switch titles like Link’s Awakening, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super…

As Link steps ashore on Eventide Island in Breath of the Wild, pushes through the brush and dense overgrowth, one of the largest monsters in all of Hyrule appears, its great body rising and falling in a fitful slumber: the mighty Hinox. The moment is thrilling, the setting iconic; a loving reference to the most celebrated handheld game in the Zelda series, Link’s Awakening. But for many, the scene calls to mind another courageous hero from literature’s most famous epic…

The recent Link’s Awakening remake on Nintendo Switch has been a huge success by any determinable metric. While some fans bristled at the full price tag, the new art style was extremely endearing and the game has many wonderful quality-of-life enhancements. Additionally, it was great to see Nintendo give so much love to a classic Game Boy title. The game has sold over 4 millions copies, and it is likely to sell more as people continue to buy Nintendo Switch…

Bury your toes in that warm Kohilint sand and let the sound waves wash over you in this latest lo-fi remix from Nicolas Jorgensen. His reworking of the “Ballad of the Windfish” is his first song from the handheld classic, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Jorgensen intertwines the soft tumble of water against island shores with an almost 8-bit simplicity in this rendition of the legendary ballad. His most chill track yet is so on point, you’ll swear you…

I’m always on the hunt for unique Zelda decorations, all the better if they’re DIYs. Creator Retronize has a fun, rather simple little Link’s Awakening craft idea for anyone with a printer to give a try. All you need for this paper diorama is Retonize’s free design template, photo paper, something to cut it with, adhesive, and a plastic cube to display it in. If you can’t print, the finished diorama from Retronize’s instructional video is currently for sale on…

My roommate is a punk kid to the core. He painstakingly hand-sews patches on to his denim jackets, curates an amazing collection of gaming-related pins, and does a great series of punk Luigi cosplays. His closet is bursting with denim coats and vests of his design. So when I saw Etsy creator’s 8Bithobo’s Skull Link pin, I immediately thought of him. 8Bithobo’s style is best described as Adventure Time meets pop culture with a punk edge. His colors are vibrant…

I’ll never forget the joy of huddling under blankets with a flashlight, sneaking a few more minutes of reading the Legend of Zelda instruction booklet, hoping my parents wouldn’t catch me. Another page, a closer look at that image, and I just knew I could unlock the secrets of my favorite Nintendo game. Sadly, this is the bliss of a bygone era; Nintendo no longer includes manuals with its games. But Etsy artist Rowan Fox-Noble has given fans another chance with…

The Tal Tal Heights are some of the highest points in Link’s Awakening, allowing the player to peer over the vastness of Koholint Island. While it is home to a couple of the game’s dungeons, the most recognizable part about this area is the amazing theme tune, which is easily one of the most recognizable songs of the game. “Tal Tal Heights” is irresistible on its own; but with the added taste of sick guitar licks, you’ve got a recipe for…