During its E3 Nintendo Direct event, Nintendo re-awakened everyone's favorite hero for a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo initially confirmed the remake earlier this year, which includes stunning and colorful 3D graphics, but keeps the game's original top-down perspective, a first for a Zelda game on the Switch.
The original Link's Awakening released in 1993 for the Nintendo Gameboy and followed the adventures of Link as he wanders around Koholint Island after a shipwreck leaves him stranded there. Link must recover his sword first, but then later meets an owl that tells him he must wake the Wind Fish, the guardian of the island, to return home. Waking the Wind Fish isn't easy, though. To do so, Link must collect the eight Instruments of the Sirens. This leads Link on an adventure across the island and through a series of dungeons and eventually to an ancient ruin.
The new trailer for Link's Awakening offers gameplay that highlights the game in all its colorful glory, as well as its new features on the Switch. Nintendo also revealed that the remake also features a dungeon creator that lets players make their own dungeons using pre-made chambers: players can also earn rewards by playing through their dungeons. This should add a lot of replay value to the new version of the title.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is one of the more interesting Zelda titles as it doesn't feature Princess Zelda, Triforce or Hyrule. However, a few surprising characters do put in appearances, including the Goombas from Super Mario Bros., as well as King War from Super Mario Bros. 2 and an evil version of Kirby. However, for those wanting a traditional Zelda experience, Nintendo also announced a sequel to The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The original The Breath of the Wild also recently got the VR treatment for fans who want to experience Link's adventures up close and personal.
The Legend of Zelda franchise remains a popular one for Nintendo: it even has a television show in the works with Adi Shankar in talks to produce. Fans can't get enough of both old and new titles in the series, and now they can add Link's Awakening to the list of Zelda titles they can play on the Switch. The remake of Link's Awakening will arrive on the Nintendo Switch on September 20 2019. Stay tuned for more details on all things E3 by visiting our E3 hub.