The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Nintendo Switch) Review

The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening Nintendo Switch boxart North America usa

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was the first sequel to A Link to the Past, and in my opinion, one of the weaker of the “best Zeldas.” Now it was actually started and developed partly with a team who worked on the game, AFTER they got done with their original work that day. Which is impressive but does explain some of my “problems” with the game on Game Boy. But I was looking forward to this new remake on Nintendo Switch.

The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening link on a raft at sea Nintendo Switch

The game is a pretty faithful remake with HD graphics and full color. The game takes place after A Link to the Past. After sailing on his boat, Link washes ashore on Koholint Island. But the problem is that he’s shipwrecked and he’s more-or-less stuck there for a very long time. He is saved by a girl named Marin but his quest will soon begin.

The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening link fighting monsters in the desert Nintendo Switch

While the game does use 3D polygons, it plays mostly like its 2D roots. I did find it odd that you can’t use the D-Pad in the game. No matter the controller, you’re stuck with the analog stick. If you’ve played any 2D Zelda, you pretty much know what to expect. You’re Link, you have a somewhat “giant world” to explore and dungeons mean new weapons and new bosses to conquer.

Kirby cameo The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening Nintendo Switch

I will say, the dungeons are mostly fun but they can often be more confusing than most other dungeons in the series. Typically I’d never get stuck in any Zelda game until near the very end, Link’s Awakening is much crueler and I’m pretty smart and I have played many Zeldas before and after. But the dungeons don’t hold a candle to how nearly impossible it is to do some mandatory side-quests without outside help.

The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening giant windfish egg Nintendo Switch

Which I somewhat think the reason is because Link’s Awakening is a rather short Zelda if you know what to do. Since we live in the golden age of the internet (not something possible in the early 1990’s), I could easily look up how to do something, which I did a lot. So it wouldn’t be outrageous for any gamer to beat the game in ten hours or less. But those complaints aside, I had a lot of fun with the game. I still think it’s one of the weaker Zelda games, but the remake team did well because the remake is better than the original in almost every way.

Score: B

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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