Game Review: Link’s Awakening


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Screenshot of Legend of Zelda–Link’s Awakening–one game in the series.

Max Nawa, Staff Writer

Link’s Awakening is the fourth installment in the Legend of Zelda series And it’s one of my personal favorites. This is the first version of Legend of Zelda to appear on handheld, and it’s also one of the few games that does not take place in Hyrule, a Magical World that the series takes place in.

Link wakes up on Koholint island after his ship crashes while he’s traveling to train for future threats. He’s taken to the house of Marin and her father Tarin. Then after he recovers his sword, a Talking Owl tells him where he is and then he must wake the wind fish so you take Link on an adventure to collect all the Instruments of the Siren’s and wake the Wind Fish.

Some readers may know that there are two remakes of this game, one version is for the Gameboy Color and the 3DS then the other one is for the Nintendo Switch. Both remakes add something new. Link’s Awakening DX for the Gameboy Color adds a color screen and the new color dungeon which is a new adventure for Link to do.

The Nintendo Switch remake is a surprisingly clean game. Which adds lots of new features including Dampe’s Shack and continues the color dungeon. The whole game is in a new 3D animation style. Now honestly, what would be a game without glitches? These games both are remixes, and the original features in a wide variety of glitches. One of my personal favorites are speedrunners dream on the original, and on the DX version is the doghouse glitch which basically entitles walking in a specific location and then you’ll be transported to a glitch-warped version of a random underground area. This allows you to speed warp to the final boss to beat the game. In this underground, there are lots of confusing and sometimes creepy things you can get stuck in. Walls soft lock your game, and sprites can switch, causing the floor to be made out of children.

A quick warning for anyone that there is a very low chance for you to corrupt your game, but you do play at your own risk. 

Honestly, this game is just a pure treasure to play and I hope that people will enjoy it for generations to come. Over Link’s Awakening is probably one of the best and most loved Legend of Zelda games in my opinion. Thank you for reading. –MN