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[[Image:Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening - GB - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|North American box art.]]
 
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'''''The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening''''' is an action adventure game made by [[Nintendo]] and released for the [[Game Boy]] in 1993. It's the fourth game in the [[The Legend of Zelda (Universe)|Zelda series]]. Later, an upgraded version with the addition of the letters "DX" was released for the [[Game Boy Color]]. The game doesn't take itself as seriously as the previous Zelda games and includes jokes, mergers from other Nintendo franchises, and fourth wall breaking.
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'''''The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening''''' is an action adventure game developed and published by [[Nintendo]] for the [[Game Boy]] on 1993-06-06. It's the fourth title in the [[The Legend of Zelda (universe)|Zelda series]]. Later, an upgraded version, called "DX," ("Deluxe" in Japan) was released for the [[Game Boy Color]]. Though similar in game play to the first and third Zelda games, the game doesn't take itself as nearly as seriously and includes jokes, mergers from other Nintendo franchises, and fourth wall breaking.
  
I had first seen this game on my high school friend's Game Boy (around 1996), and he said it was just as good as [[The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past]], which I found hard to believe. But after playing it for a few minutes, I was surprised at how close it was graphically to the SNES game. I didn't do much with it, but around 2010, I decided to try and play the game through, and made it through the first few underworlds, but then got bored of it. I eventually returned to it and beat it on 2017-09-26.
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I had first seen this game on my high school friend's Game Boy (around 1996), and he said it was just as good as ''[[The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past]]'', which I found hard to believe. But after playing it for a few minutes, I was surprised at how close it was graphically to the SNES game. I didn't do much with it, but around 2010, I decided to try and play the game through, and made it through the first few underworlds, but then got bored of it. I eventually returned to it and beat it on 2017-09-26.
  
 
==Status==
 
==Status==
I do not own this game, but I have beaten it..
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I do not own this game, but I have beaten it.
  
 
==Review==
 
==Review==
 
* '''Overall:''' 7/10
 
* '''Overall:''' 7/10
 
* '''Best Version:''' Game Boy Color
 
* '''Best Version:''' Game Boy Color
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{{Spoilers}}
  
 
===Good===
 
===Good===
 
* The pixel art is really good and fitting for the Zelda franchise.
 
* The pixel art is really good and fitting for the Zelda franchise.
* The game has great music for a Game Boy game.
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* The music and sound effects (the work of [[Minako Hamano]], [[Kozue Ishikawa]], and [[Kazumi Totaka]] are quite good.
* It's cute to see the inclusion of other Nintendo franchises like Goombas, Piranha Plants, and Dr. Wright.
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* It's cute to see the inclusion of other Nintendo franchises like Goombas, Piranha Plants, Dr. Wright, Kirby, etc.
* Jumping was also a cool feature.
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* Jumping was a nice addition and well-executed.
* I like that you can get regular hints about where you need to go next.
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* I like that you can get regular hints about where you need to go next, because the game is pretty vague at certain times.
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* The designers made a fair amount of clever puzzles that didn't fit with the expected game play.
 
* The game has a pretty nice ending sequence with nice full-screen animation.
 
* The game has a pretty nice ending sequence with nice full-screen animation.
* The Game Boy Color version is really nicely updated.
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* The Game Boy Color version is nicely updated, not just with attractive colors, but with a whole new dungeon and the camera puzzles.
  
 
===Bad===
 
===Bad===
 
* I don't like having to switch items so often. I preferred the previous games where several items like the bracelet, boots, and shield were always on.
 
* I don't like having to switch items so often. I preferred the previous games where several items like the bracelet, boots, and shield were always on.
* There are only a few items to buy in the game, so rupees aren't very useful.
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* There are only a few items to buy in the game, so rupees go mostly unused, and aren't a very welcome treasure chest prize.
 
* The anachronistic telephones are really out of place. A Zelda game should never have modern technology.
 
* The anachronistic telephones are really out of place. A Zelda game should never have modern technology.
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* Several of the dungeons contain puzzles that don't fit with the expected game play and left me needing a online hint.
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* I didn't like having to bomb random dungeon walls again. This should have stayed dead with ''A Link to the Past''.
 
* Several of the secret seashells are hidden obnoxiously well requiring you to have to dig nearly everywhere on the map to find them.
 
* Several of the secret seashells are hidden obnoxiously well requiring you to have to dig nearly everywhere on the map to find them.
 
* The super powerful boomerang, though a fantastic weapon, doesn't fit thematically.
 
* The super powerful boomerang, though a fantastic weapon, doesn't fit thematically.
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
* I get extremely pissed every time I have to read that damn message about not being able to pick something up with my bare hands. The first time was informative, the second was a refresher, the thousandth was Game Boy throwingly annoying. You would think it would stop after you get the bracelet, but no! Same with acorns, triforce pieces, chests, black boulders, etc. It's really annoying.
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* I get extremely pissed every time I have to read that damn message about not being able to pick something up with my bare hands. The first time was informative, the second was a refresher, the thousandth was Game Boy-throwingly-annoying. You would think it would stop after you get the bracelet, but no! Same with acorns, energy pieces, chests, black boulders, ice blocks, etc. It's really frustrating.
  
==Box Art==
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==Media==
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===Box Art===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening - GB - Japan.jpg|The original Japanese box art show a friendly scene with Link, Zelda, and some other characters that conveys the less-serious nature of the game.
 
Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening - GB - Japan.jpg|The original Japanese box art show a friendly scene with Link, Zelda, and some other characters that conveys the less-serious nature of the game.
Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening - GB - USA.jpg|The box art used for all other regions fits with the gold box art and shield art that we've come to expect from Zelda games.
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Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening - GB - USA.jpg|The box art used for all other regions just reuses ''[[The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past]]'' art and replaced the subtitle. Kind of cheap really.
 
Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening DX - GBC - USA.jpg|The Japanese remake is similar to the original Japanese box, and the Western box art is similar to the Western boxes, only with the updated DX logo.
 
Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening DX - GBC - USA.jpg|The Japanese remake is similar to the original Japanese box, and the Western box art is similar to the Western boxes, only with the updated DX logo.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
==Documentation==
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===Documentation===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening - GB - Manual.pdf|Game Boy manual.
 
Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening - GB - Manual.pdf|Game Boy manual.
 
Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening DX - GBC - Manual.pdf|Game Boy Color manual.
 
Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening DX - GBC - Manual.pdf|Game Boy Color manual.
Legend of Zelda, The - Link's Awakening - Official Nintendo Players Guide.pdf|Official Nintendo Players Guide.
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Legend of Zelda, The - Link's Awakening - GB - Nintendo Player's Guide.pdf|[[Nintendo Player's Guide]].
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Legend of Zelda - Link's Awakening - GB - Poster.jpg|Poster.
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</gallery>
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===Maps===
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<gallery>
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Legend of Zelda, The - Link's Awakening DX - GBC - Map - Koholint.png|Koholint.
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Legend of Zelda, The - Link's Awakening DX - GBC - Map - 1 - Tail Cave.png|Tail Cave.
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Legend of Zelda, The - Link's Awakening DX - GBC - Map - 2 - Bottle Grotto.png|Bottle Grotto.
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Legend of Zelda, The - Link's Awakening DX - GBC - Map - 3 - Key Cavern.png|Key Cavern.
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Legend of Zelda, The - Link's Awakening DX - GBC - Map - 4 - Angler's Tunnel.png|Angler's Tunnel.
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Legend of Zelda, The - Link's Awakening DX - GBC - Map - 5 - Catfish's Maw.png|Catfish's Maw.
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Legend of Zelda, The - Link's Awakening DX - GBC - Map - 6 - Face Shrine.png|Face Shrine.
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Legend of Zelda, The - Link's Awakening DX - GBC - Map - 7 - Eagle's Tower.png|Eagle's Tower.
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Legend of Zelda, The - Link's Awakening DX - GBC - Map - 8 - Turtle Rock.png|Turtle Rock.
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Legend of Zelda, The - Link's Awakening DX - GBC - Map - Color Dungeon.png|Color Dungeon.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
==Gallery==
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===Fan Art===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
 
Zac Gorman - Link's Awakening.gif|Comic by Zac Gorman.
 
Zac Gorman - Link's Awakening.gif|Comic by Zac Gorman.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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===Videos===
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCMu6GqD-CI youtube.com/watch?v=aCMu6GqD-CI] - Son of a Glitch, DX version.
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzEU19PUVuE youtube.com/watch?v=YzEU19PUVuE] - Longplay, DX version.
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==Titles==
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Language !! Native !! Transliteration !! Translation
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|-
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| English || The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening || ||
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|-
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| Japanese || ゼルダの伝説 夢をみる島 || Zeruda no Densetsu: Yume o Miru Shima || Legend of Zelda: The Dream Island
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|}
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
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{{Link|MobyGames|http://www.mobygames.com/game/gameboy/legend-of-zelda-links-awakening}}
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{{Link|Wikipedia|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Zelda:_Link%27s_Awakening}}
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{{Link|GameFAQs|https://www.gamefaqs.com/gameboy/563277-the-legend-of-zelda-links-awakening}}
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{{Link|TCRF|https://tcrf.net/The_Legend_of_Zelda:_Link%27s_Awakening}}
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* [http://www.zeldadungeon.net/Zelda04-links-awakening.php zeldadungeon.net/Zelda04-links-awakening.php] - Zelda Dungeon.
 
* [http://www.zeldadungeon.net/Zelda04-links-awakening.php zeldadungeon.net/Zelda04-links-awakening.php] - Zelda Dungeon.
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/gameboy/legend-of-zelda-links-awakening mobygames.com/game/gameboy/legend-of-zelda-links-awakening] - MobyGames (Game Boy).
 
 
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/legend-of-zelda-links-awakening-dx mobygames.com/game/legend-of-zelda-links-awakening-dx] - MobyGames (Game Boy Color).
 
* [http://www.mobygames.com/game/legend-of-zelda-links-awakening-dx mobygames.com/game/legend-of-zelda-links-awakening-dx] - MobyGames (Game Boy Color).
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Zelda:_Link%27s_Awakening en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Zelda:_Link%27s_Awakening] - Wikipedia.
 
* [https://www.gamefaqs.com/gameboy/563277-the-legend-of-zelda-links-awakening gamefaqs.com/gameboy/563277-the-legend-of-zelda-links-awakening] - GameFAQs.
 
  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 14:15, 13 May 2019

North American box art.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is an action adventure game developed and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy on 1993-06-06. It's the fourth title in the Zelda series. Later, an upgraded version, called "DX," ("Deluxe" in Japan) was released for the Game Boy Color. Though similar in game play to the first and third Zelda games, the game doesn't take itself as nearly as seriously and includes jokes, mergers from other Nintendo franchises, and fourth wall breaking.

I had first seen this game on my high school friend's Game Boy (around 1996), and he said it was just as good as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which I found hard to believe. But after playing it for a few minutes, I was surprised at how close it was graphically to the SNES game. I didn't do much with it, but around 2010, I decided to try and play the game through, and made it through the first few underworlds, but then got bored of it. I eventually returned to it and beat it on 2017-09-26.

Status

I do not own this game, but I have beaten it.

Review

  • Overall: 7/10
  • Best Version: Game Boy Color

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • The pixel art is really good and fitting for the Zelda franchise.
  • The music and sound effects (the work of Minako Hamano, Kozue Ishikawa, and Kazumi Totaka are quite good.
  • It's cute to see the inclusion of other Nintendo franchises like Goombas, Piranha Plants, Dr. Wright, Kirby, etc.
  • Jumping was a nice addition and well-executed.
  • I like that you can get regular hints about where you need to go next, because the game is pretty vague at certain times.
  • The designers made a fair amount of clever puzzles that didn't fit with the expected game play.
  • The game has a pretty nice ending sequence with nice full-screen animation.
  • The Game Boy Color version is nicely updated, not just with attractive colors, but with a whole new dungeon and the camera puzzles.

Bad

  • I don't like having to switch items so often. I preferred the previous games where several items like the bracelet, boots, and shield were always on.
  • There are only a few items to buy in the game, so rupees go mostly unused, and aren't a very welcome treasure chest prize.
  • The anachronistic telephones are really out of place. A Zelda game should never have modern technology.
  • Several of the dungeons contain puzzles that don't fit with the expected game play and left me needing a online hint.
  • I didn't like having to bomb random dungeon walls again. This should have stayed dead with A Link to the Past.
  • Several of the secret seashells are hidden obnoxiously well requiring you to have to dig nearly everywhere on the map to find them.
  • The super powerful boomerang, though a fantastic weapon, doesn't fit thematically.

Ugly

  • I get extremely pissed every time I have to read that damn message about not being able to pick something up with my bare hands. The first time was informative, the second was a refresher, the thousandth was Game Boy-throwingly-annoying. You would think it would stop after you get the bracelet, but no! Same with acorns, energy pieces, chests, black boulders, ice blocks, etc. It's really frustrating.

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Maps

Fan Art

Videos

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
Japanese ゼルダの伝説 夢をみる島 Zeruda no Densetsu: Yume o Miru Shima Legend of Zelda: The Dream Island

Links

Link-MobyGames.png  Link-Wikipedia.png  Link-GameFAQs.png  Link-TCRF.png