The Nintendo Switch is about to receive a new game in The Legend of Zelda series, but it's one that fans might be familiar with, as it's a remake of Link's Awakening on the Game Boy.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening was originally released for the Nintendo Game Boy in 1993. Link's Awakening may have been a game on a portable system, but it had just as much content and depth as the other games in The Legend of Zelda series. Link's Awakening would later receive an updated port for the Game Boy Color, which added new features that involved being able to see the game in color. The story of Link's Awakening involves Link being shipwrecked on an island and being forced to gather instruments in order to wake up the mystical Wind Fish in order to return home.
Nintendo has just concluded its latest Direct with an announcement for the next game in The Legend of Zelda series, which is a remake of Link's Awakening that uses the same top-down 2D style as the original, with a brand new cartoonish aesthetic that makes the game look gorgeous in 3D. The character models look like plastic toys that have come to life as they run around an incredible looking reimagining of Koholint Island.
You may have noticed the Goombas from the Super Mario Bros. series in the trailer, which is due to the fact that Link's Awakening included several cameos from other Nintendo games, including King Wart from Super Mario Bros. 2 and an evil version of Kirby. King Wart's presence is also meant to be a clue to the true nature of the game's setting. There have actually been some changes to The Legend of Zelda timeline recently that might have suggested that something new was planned for Link's Awakening. Hyrule Historia originally said that Link's Awakening was a sequel to Oracle of Ages & Oracle of Seasons, but The Legend of Zelda: Encyclopedia changed the timeline so that Link's Awakening took place between the two Oracle games. The changes to the timeline might also prompt the remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening to do away with the downer ending of the original.
The existence of an HD framework for the Link's Awakening remake may also mean that remakes of Oracle of Ages & Oracle of Seasons are in the works, but those games were developed by Capcom, which may cause problems that prevent the games from being remade in the new engine. 2019 was looking like a sparse year for the Nintendo Switch, but a new 2D Legend of Zelda game is a huge deal for a lot of fans, even if it's not using the open world style of Breath of the Wild. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is going to be a big title for the Switch whenever it launches this year.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening will be released on the Nintendo Switch in 2019.
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