Posted on July 09 2019 by Kristen G. Rosario
The Link’s Awakening remake is easily one of my most anticipated games of the year. Considering how extensive I played it to help train for last year’s Zelda Dungeon Marathon, I feel like I know most of the game inside and out. The characters, the music, and especially the story are what makes the game such a classic.
That’s why I was so psyched when a few months ago, Nintendo unveiled that a remake was coming. While the art style made people decisive, everybody was generally ecstatic that this was happening. Then this year’s E3 came around and we saw even more stuff from the game that got me really happy. The biggest problem I’m having though, after watching and hearing everyone’s thoughts and comments, is the price.
Now let me be the first to say that as a Zelda fan and someone who works for/with a whole slew of writers who are fans of this series, I’m still getting the game regardless. However, charging people a full retail price for a game that takes only a few hours to beat (if you know what you’re doing), seems a bit much. Early impressions of the game make it appear to be more of a shot-for-shot remake, with a few tweaks and changes here and there.
This brings up some similarities to the likes of the Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask Nintendo 3DS remakes, which were both remade from the Nintendo 64 and given reasonable prices at $40 USD each. The Link’s Awakening remake, however, remade from the Game Boy, is coming directly to the Switch and being charged $60 USD. Something just doesn’t sit right with me on this.
As of this writing, you can get Link’s Awakening DX on the Nintendo eShop for just $6 USD. You can play the entire game’s story right now if you really wanted to. I mean sure, they have promised new content, like the Chamber Dungeon system, the graphics aren’t that bad, and the revamped music sounds good, but do you think that’s really enough to warrant a $60 price tag?
Let me know in the comments below if you believe $60 is a good enough price for the Link’s Awakening remake. Is it a fair price, or should it drop a few bucks before you would even consider purchasing it?