Story - 85%
Graphics - 86%
Audio - 85%
Gameplay - 84%
Replayability - 86%
Wayback in 1993/1998 Nintendo brought out a game on the Gameboy/Gameboy Color called The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, that impacted other Zelda games(in a good way) and won Nintendo lots of Awards for it. Link’s Awakening was also ranked 42nd in the Guinness World Records for most important and influential game(see here on Eurogamer).
26 years later and we get Link’s Awakening on the Nintendo Switch and even if its a 26 year old game, it still brings back memories and is a joy to play! Link’s Awakening stays very true to the original GB/GBC releases of the game. All of the puzzles got a refresh on the physics side(the crane game is one of them) and they also updated the graphics on it with a tilt-shift diorama-like art-style look that almost mimics what it would look like on a GB/GBC. All the cutscenes was remastered from its sprite based scenes to an anime style.
A feature that was in the original Gameboy Color(GBC) is the Gameboy Printer/Camera Shop, this has been replaced by Dampe’s Shack. In dampe’s shack you get to make your own dungeons, as you progress trough the game you unlock more dungeon tiles. When you finished with your design you can then do a speed run through your dungeon to get extra rewards. You can also link your Amiibo wich would(if you have the Link Amiibo from Link’s Awakening) summon Shadow Link which then chases you through the dungeon.
Overall I am really happy with The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is still a classic and it really lives up to its original 1993/1998 release. It is so good that it has been nominated for this years Golden Joystick Awards for the Nintendo Game of the Year award! This is a must buy for any Zelda fan and any gamer that loves Action-Adventure games. This is your local mad scientist signing out….
Release Date: 19 September 2019