Nintendo Remastering The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Switch
Pardon me, there's... there's something in my eye.
02.13.19 - 9:57 PM
It's been rumored for a little while now that Nintendo would be remastering the Game Boy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, and closing out today's Nintendo Direct, we got confirmation of exactly that:
In any case, Link awakes on the mysterious island of Koholint, and we gradually see that it is a strange place with many secrets. Plus, cool touches like talking owls (before his appearance in Ocarina of Time), and even a surprising amount of Mario series cameos!
Link's Awakening has remained a classic for good reason, and while it's been available on some of the eShops of Nintendo's other consoles, there's no denying that there is a lot that could be upgraded going from the Game Boy to Switch, most notably by having more than 2 buttons! It'll be great to explore without having to swap button assignments so much. The visuals have been given a wonderful new look that I'm still trying to describe. Each scene feels like a tangible plastic model, like you're looking down inside a meticulously-crafted toy box or diorama, and the tilt-shift camera effects really bring the effect home. It's a cute and very effective way to upgrade the look of the game, while still fully adhering to the original game's "tiles" (note the rectangular garden in town, for instance — a tile-for-tile recreation).
And because Nintendo knows how to tug at the heartstrings — I won't spoil anything for anyone who hasn't played — there is a key musical motif in the trailer that really brings one back to a certain scene or two.
Before I get too emotional, I better get going. For now, Nintendo is simply calling this remake "The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening," and it's coming to Switch sometime this year. Check out our gallery for more screen shots!