The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake was quite the surprise when it was announced back in February. Not just because the game was getting a remake, but for the new visual style as well. Surprisingly divisive, the gorgeous new toy-like aesthetic pops off the screen when seen up close.
It feels like you can almost call any Zelda game a classic, but Link’s Awakening definitely belongs among the jewels on an already vibrant crown, so giving it a remake makes sense. The core of Link’s Awakening is there, but the remake adds quite a bit beyond the new look, too.
For one, Link’s sword, shield, and things like the power bracelet are always equipped, freeing up your action buttons for something else. That means a lot less time spent in the menus and in general a good quality of life feature.
There’s some general gameplay updates as well, like the fact that Link can now fill out at 20 hearts versus 14 in the original version of the game. So, more collecting to be done. The various minigames have seen a modern update too, such as realistic physics for the crane game.
One of the coolest new additions coming to Link’s Awakening is a way to create your own dungeons. As you progress through the game, each dungeon you complete will unlock a set of rooms that you can then use later to create your own dungeon. Could this be the beginning of Zelda Maker à la Mario Maker? As of now Nintendo has only said that these custom dungeons are just for you, so there’s no word on sharing them with friends. Completing these dungeons will get you some in-game rewards too.
amiibo of course also make an appearance for Link’s Awakening and are used in these custom dungeons. The various amiibo from The Legend of Zelda series can affect certain rooms in the custom dungeon, adding on new effects. They’ll also have their own rewards attached to them.
All in all, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake is set to be a smart update to the original game with a fresh look. Fans of the top-down Zelda games should definitely be looking forward to this. And, if you’ve never had the chance to play Link’s Awakening, this is a great time to do it.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening releases September 20th on the Nintendo Switch.
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