The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (2019)

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This article is about the 2019 Switch Game. For the 1993 Game Boy Game, see Link's Awakening.
Link's Awakening (2019)
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Release

Platform

Date

North America September 20, 2019
Japan September 20, 2019
Europe September 20, 2019
Australia September 20, 2019

Credits

Developer

Publisher

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (2019) is a remake of the 1993 game of the same name. Announced during a Nintendo Direct presentation on February 13th, 2019[1], the game received a short teaser trailer. During E3 2019, a worldwide release date of September 20th, 2019 was shown. The game has received a massive overhaul in the graphics department, although the overworld is largely unchanged gameplay-wise. Aspects of Link's Awakening DX are also included, such as the Color Dungeon, though the Camera Shop does not appear, as it is replaced by Dampé's Shack.

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. During this journey, 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.

Graphics

The game's art-style has radically changed, creating a much more modern look, with high-resolution models and shaders present. There is a blur effect on the edges of the screen, though only when Link is in the overworld. The character models appear to have a chibi look, almost reminiscent of toys.

Changes

  • Link is now able to attack diagonally, as opposed to the original, where he could only swing his sword in four set directions. This is the same for overworld movement.
  • Link is now wielding the Hylian Shield, which is no longer an equippable item ― it is always in use.
  • The Sword also no longer needs to be equipped.
  • While almost everything in the world shown thus far is identical, a ledge can now be seen on top of Kanalet Castle, allowing Link to jump off. This is presumably a quality of life improvement, allowing quick access for Link to leave the castle, as opposed to having to backtrack through the dungeon, as was required beforehand[2].
  • Apple trees appear in the overworld, which Link can run in to, causing them to drop. They can be eaten, presumably functioning as Recovery Hearts[3].
  • Link no longer needs to have the Power Bracelet equipped to pick up pots.[4].
  • A new item, the Fairy Bottle, appears in the game. It "looks big enough to hold a Fairy inside"[5]. One can be found at the bottom of the Fishing Pond, another is given to Link from Dampé after completing a Chamber Dungeon.
  • Keys no longer drop from the ceiling in dungeons; a chest holding the key will appear in its place[6].
  • There are now 20 Heart Containers in the game, six more than in the original version. Certain Pieces of Heart have also been shifted in location.

New Features

Chamber Dungeons

Main article: Chamber Dungeon

These are customizable dungeons accessed by speaking to Dampé in his shack, located where the Camera Shop was in Link's Awakening DX (West Tal Tal Heights). Dampé presents Link with various challenges, which require him to arrange chambers from previously explored dungeons to create a new dungeon in a specific shape. Chamber Dungeons must have an entrance room, Nightmare's Lair, and all doors must connect. There also must be enough chests holding keys to be able to unlock every locked door or block. If there is more than one stairway in the dungeon, Link must choose which ones will connect. Link can earn various items as reward, including Rupees, and one reward is seen to be a Fairy Bottle. There is a timer, which counts up; it is unknown whether completing challenges in certain time brackets affects the reward given[7].

amiibo

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Main article: amiibo

One amiibo is to be released with the game, based on Link's new appearance. All Legend of Zelda amiibo are usable in the game, and they each provide different Plus Effects in the Chamber Dungeon, adding new gameplay elements to the rooms of the dungeon. The Link's Awakening Link amiibo adds Shadow Link to the dungeon, who will follow Link through the rooms. Defeating Shadow Link will reward Link with additional Rupees[8].

Characters

Main article: Link's Awakening Characters

The majority of characters return in this remake, one notable exception being the Photographer. Recurring character Dampé appears in their place, allowing Link to access the Chamber Dungeons and their challenges.

Enemies

Main article: Link's Awakening Enemies

All the enemies that have appeared thus far are found in the exact same locations where they appeared in the original, with significant overhauls to their game models.

Instruments of the Sirens

Main article: Instruments of the Sirens

Trailer Screenshots

Nintendo Direct February 2019

E3 2019

Videos


Nintendo Direct Reveal Trailer 02-13-19

E3 2019 Trailer 06-11-19

E3 Nintendo Treehouse: Live Gameplay 06-11-19

References

  1. Nintendo Direct Reveal Trailer 02-13-2019
  2. Nintendo Direct Reveal Trailer 02-13-2019 (1:05)
  3. E3 2019 Trailer 06-11-2019 (0:45)
  4. E3 2019 Trailer 06-11-2019 (0:57)
  5. E3 2019 Trailer 06-11-2019 (1:56)
  6. E3 Nintendo Treehouse: Live Gameplay 06-11-19 (22:35)
  7. E3 Nintendo Treehouse: Live Gameplay 06-11-19 (15:16)
  8. E3 Nintendo Treehouse: Live Gameplay 06-11-19 (29:24)