The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Dreaming of a Switch Remake

The old green-screen Game Boy was, even at the time, a fairly retro piece of tech.  All the things it couldn’t do were nowhere near as important as what it could, though, as evidenced by a library that worked around its limitations far more often than could be reasonably expected.  One of the most impressive games from its library was The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, which somehow managed to present one of the best games in the series on 160 x 144 resolution monochrome screen.  The game did well enough to warrant a small upgrade for the Gameboy Color five years later, and then somehow twenty more years just flew on by.  During today’s Direct Nintendo revealed a complete remake of the classic adventure for the Switch, familiar yet updated for today’s hardware.

The trailer is divided up between two parts.  The first half is the animated intro with art looking straight out of the Game Boy original’s manual, complete with a Link straight from an 80s anime, and I have to say it’s nice to see the classic design return.  The other half is all gameplay, showing how much and how little has changed from the original.  The camera is angled a bit more than the Game Boy to allow the new 3D graphics to pop out, and the view distance gives the feeling of playing in a little toy diorama.  It’s honestly kind of adorable, which is an interesting feeling for what turns out to be one of the most melancholy games in the series.  Link’s Awakening was a fantastic game that’s easily weathered the test of time, and its pending release later this year feels like a welcome return of an old friend.