I already said it in our forefront a month ago, and I will repeat it here. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is my least preferred game of the whole series (and no, I do not count these terrible CDI games in this list).
I do not know what I do not like, but as a child, playing the game Boy then at the Game Boy Color, it just did not please me. I do not know if it was because of his appearance or how to play, but the game simply did not have been appreciated.
As such, reviewing the switch version, I was slightly hesitant whether the superb graphics and the extra content would sell me experience. During the first hours of play, I was always shocked by what I played, but over the hours, I unlocked new items and ventured to Koholint Island. The game slowly became great for me.
I realized at a time when I realized that I had just lost more than 20 hours in the game during my first part and that I was looking forward to start exploring everything I had missed and 100% Finish the match. In short, even if I did not like the original, the editing is now something that I really like… even if it always has its problems.
Just like the previous versions of the last two decades, Link’s Awakening for Switch puts you in the skin of Link after the capirment of his boat in an appalling storm. You wake up on an unknown island and find all its health thanks to the inhabitants of the village of Mabe.
Your job is to help Link to escape this strange island by bringing together the eight hidden musical instruments in all dungeons around the world. To help you carry out your quest, you will have a pleasics of colorful characters that will help you fight terrors within it, as well as an ever-growing arsenal of weapons and tools allowing you to Access new areas.
When Link brings together the eight instruments, he must use them to wake up with WIND FISH, find his way home and discover the secrets that the island hides to its inhabitants. Do not worry, and I will not go into the details of the story here, so do not hesitate to read without spoiler.
Let’s start with obvious things. The game is beautiful. The artistic style chosen by the team is by far one of the best decisions that Nintendo could have taken because the game is beautiful and it is one of the best games so far on the Nintendo Switch.
It’s also a simple game playing, and riddles are not so hard to understand, making it the ideal entry game for children and less familiar with the series. This does not mean that some of the puzzles and things you need to do are not difficult, but that the game is mostly friendly.
The entire band has also been metamorphosed for the regulars of the original game. Reticken under a new lighting All the songs you have heard child, could give you tears. The updated theme of MABE VILLAGE, for example, is very soothing and works well with the direction of the game.
To get lost
One of the things I remember very well around Link’s Awakening and is present here is the amount of returns back that you need to do.
Although there is a method for traveling quickly, it is not the ideal solution and you will force you to travel enough to get to a destination that suits you. It is also incredibly confusing to know where to go then, but okay. The game offers a system of tips in the form of a dispersed phone around the world, which you can use to help you determine the next step.
Another problem comes from your dependence on a small part of the objects you collect. Roc’s Feather, which allows you to jump, is essential to everything you do. You will have to attach it to a single button for all your adventure and never remove it. Apart from that, objects such as the bow and bombs are used against most enemies and bosses, and you will rarely find yourself using another object outside their respective dungeon.
There is also a strong emphasis on the collection of rupees and an insane amount of these too. To get some key objects and collectibles, you must have hundreds of rupees at a time, which can lead to terrible difficulties to collect hundreds of rupees at a time.
You can call all these questions like idiots depending on the type of player you are, but I have the feelings that they withdraw all the experience with the experience and prolong the part longer than necessary.
In short, the Nintendo Switch version is probably the best version of Link’s Awakening to date. The game went from one of the worst games of Zelda for me at one of the best, but it is still far from one of the best.
It has its problems with many games, but Link’s Awakening serves its goal, being more a casual Zelda game than you can play with anytime. There are many secrets to explore, things to do and riddles to solve that will prevent you from coming back after hours.
This is another big game for the Nintendo Switch library and should not be missed. This is the perfect plate to coincide with the launch of the Nintendo Switch Lite and is a perfect pocket experience. But do not expect to invest as much time in the title as Breath of the Wild.
So yes, go get Link’s awakening. For me, it really sums up the phrase “the third time is the charm”. Nintendo struck gold with this Zelda jewel.
Disclosure: Our Revision Copy of Zelda Legend: Link’s Awakening_ Nintendo Switch is a courtesy of Nintendo UK.