The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is coming to Nintendo Switch in the form of a brand-new remake! Here's what we know…
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is getting a remake for the Nintendo Switch. The news was revealed during February’s Nintendo Direct presentation. The game features an all-new 3D art style that celebrates the classic top-down perspective of the iconic Game Boy title.
Nintendo didn’t go into detail regarding the extent of the upgrades for this new version of the game, but the first trailer does give us a few quick glimpses at a cutscene and some gameplay, including a beautiful scene in which Link fights the stormy seas beyond the land of Hyrule. As fans of the original know, the game’s story sees Link become stranded on Koholint Island. In order to escape, Link must find the island’s protector, a giant deity called Wind Fish. It’s a strange detour in Link’s long history of fighting Ganon that’s very much worth your time.
Link’s Awakening, Zelda‘s first handheld installment, was released in 1993 on the Game Boy. It was originally planned as a port of A Link to the Past before the project became its own thing, moving away from the land of Hyrule as well leaving behind many elements of past installments. The game was a major success for Nintendo.
Here’s everything else we know about this remake:
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Release Date
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is out on Sept. 20, 2019. It’s coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Trailer
A new trailer debuted at E3 2019:
And here’s the announcement trailer:
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Gameplay
In terms of the gameplay, we get a few shots of the remake’s new, chibi-like 3D art style, which really complements the top-down perspective. We see Link dodging a chain chomp, fighting a few enemies, cutting down some plants, and even a few seconds of the remade version of the Rolling Bones boss fight.
The game returns to the simplified hack-and-slash combat showcased in early Zelda titles as well as many of the handheld offerings. Recent Zelda games, including Breath of the Wild, have embraced more complex combat systems.