The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening release date, preorder, and everything you need to know


Boxart for The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Picture: Nintendo)

Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is out this week but what do we know about the upcoming remake?

A new Zelda game is out this year and it couldn’t be more different than the award-winning Breath Of The World. It’s being handled by Japanese developer Grezzo, who helped port Zelda: Ocarina Of Time and Majora’s Mask to 3DS, and is the very first Zelda to be an exclusive title for the Nintendo Switch (Breath Of The Wild was also on Wii U).

The graphical style is far from realistic and instead has a toy-like aesthetic, as if everyone is a little plastic or clay model. Although there’s a good reason for that if you know the game’s origins and its story…

Ahead of its release, here’s everything we know about the remake.

What is The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening?

Back in 1993 Nintendo released a new action adventure game for the Game Boy called The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – the first Zelda game to be released on a handheld console. It actually began life as a port of Zelda: A Link To The Past, but it quickly branched off and eventually became what we know today as Link’s Awakening.

An updated re-release titled Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX came to Nintendo’s upgraded handheld, the Game Boy Color, in 1998, featuring colour graphics for the first time and an exclusive colour-based dungeon.

Is Link’s Awakening only available on Switch?

The 2019 remake of the Game Boy classic is only on Nintendo Switch; it retains the same top-down perspective and gameplay that fans love from the original and while the graphics have been updated they’re still very reminiscent of the original.

What is the story of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for Nintendo Switch?

The hero Link is returning home after exploring lands unknown, following the defeat of the evil Ganon and restoring peace to the Kingdom of Hyrule. Suddenly, a storm appears, a lightning bolt strikes his ship, and he washes up on a faraway island shore.

Upon awakening, he finds out he has washed up on Koholint Island and makes preparations to leave. However, a strange owl approaches and tells Link that the only way he can leave is to recover numerous mysterious instruments in order to wake up the Wind Fish, who slumbers within an egg at the top of the highest mountain peak.

What is the gameplay like in Link’s Awakening for Nintendo Switch?

Zelda: Link’s Awakening is a top-down action adventure title were you have to navigate maze-like dungeons room-by-room solving tricky puzzles, using your special items to outwit traps and battle the fearsome monsters that dwells within.

You can find new equipment on your travels to fully explore the Island of Koholint and unearth all of its secrets, while at the same time fending off the monsters that inhabit the land.

A notable quality of life improvement for the remake is that Link’s shield no longer takes up one of your two item slots, which makes a world of difference after unlocking multiple items.

If you are after a closer look, we have an exclusive preview here.

What has been added to Zelda: Link’s Awakening for Nintendo Switch?

Dungeon Builder

The most significant addition to Zelda: Link’s Awakening is the Dungeon Builder, which allows you to create dungeons from those you have already completed. The official name is Chamber Dungeons and it’s hosted by a familiar face: Dampé the gravedigger from Zelda: Ocarina Of Time. With this, you can create a mix of all your favourite dungeon rooms in your own custom-made dungeon.

Link amiibo

If you have bought the Zelda: Link’s Awakening amiibo, this unlocks the use of Shadow Link for use in dungeons, adding another level of difficulty.

Mark the map

The Game Boy Zelda has a pretty big overworld, which rarely tells you where to go, so you can quickly find yourself becoming lost. The Switch remake has a far more detailed map, which allows you to place markers using special icons, allowing you to remember where suspicious areas are or perhaps a heart piece that you can’t quite reach just yet.

Fairy bottles

Fairy bottles have returned to the remake, to make your life a tiny bit easier, so go catch those innocent fairies and have them save Link’s life when certain doom strikes.

Seashells

In the original version, there are 26 hidden seashells to find, and something fantastic happens once you have collected 20. However, in the remake, that number has been changed to something higher, so when 20 are found you instead acquire the Seashell Sensor to help you find the rest.

Zelda: Link’s Awakening release date

Zelda: Link’s Awakening launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on 20 September. The standard edition costs £49.99 but if you’re feeling extravagant there’s also a version for £54.99 where you get the game plus a red or blue Rupee Lamp.

Beyond that there’s The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Limited Edition for £69.99, which includes a 120-page artbook and a Game Boy SteelBook game case and is exclusive to Europe. For a total of £74.99 you can also add the Rupee Lamp.

For anyone who has brought the game digitally, it is available to pre-load right now, so you can start your quest at midnight on launch day.

The Nintendo Switch Lite launches the same day as Zelda: Link’s Awakening but oddly there’s been no word of a  limited edition Zelda Switch Lite.

Link’s Awakening Limited Edition – tempted?

Where to buy the Link’s Awakening Limited Edition?

The Rupee Lamps are only available to buy direct from Nintendo, sadly nowhere else sells these specific versions.

The limited edition is a different story, as multiple sites are offering this esteemed version, such as Argos and Simplygames. Many other stores have already sold out though so the price is already on the increase.

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