The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
Box art of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
Developer Nintendo EAD
Grezzo (Nintendo Switch remake)
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Game Boy
Game Boy Color
Virtual Console (3DS)
Nintendo Switch
Release date Game Boy:
Japan June 6, 1993
USA August 6, 1993
Europe December 1, 1993
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (Game Boy Color):
Japan December 12, 1998
USA December 15, 1998
Europe January 1999
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (3DS Virtual Console):
Japan June 8, 2011
USA June 7, 2011
Europe June 8, 2011
Nintendo Switch (remake):
Japan September 20, 2019
USA September 20, 2019
Europe September 20, 2019
Genre Adventure
Rating(s) Game Boy and Game Boy Color:
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 7.svg - Seven years and older
ACB:OFLC Australia Rating - G8.png - Eight years and older
USK:USK 0.svg - All ages
Nintendo Switch:
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 7.svg - Seven years and older
CERO:CERO B.png - Twelve years and older
ACB:ACB PG.svg - Parental Guidance
GCAM:Symbol for GCAM video game rating category "Suitable for aged 7 and above". - Seven years and older
NMC:Symbol for NMC video game rating category "Suitable for aged 7 and above". - Seven years and older
Mode(s) Single player
Media
Nintendo Switch:
Nintendo Switch icon for use in templates Game Card
Digital download icon for use in templates. Digital download
Game Boy:
Game Boy icon for use in templates. Game Pak
Game Boy Color:
Game Boy Color icon for use in templates. Game Pak
Nintendo 3DS:
Digital download icon for use in templates. Digital download
Input
Nintendo Switch:
Game Boy:
Game Boy Color:
Nintendo 3DS:

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is an adventure game in The Legend of Zelda series released in 1993 on the Game Boy. The game follows Link as he escapes on a mysterious island known as Koholint Island after he is shipwrecked and left stranded. The game features various elements to the Mario franchise, including Wart and Goombas.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening had two remakes. The first remake, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, was released for the Game Boy Color in 1998. The second remake, also titled The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, was released for the Nintendo Switch in 2019.

Gameplay[edit]

The player controls Link as he ventures across Koholint Island and its eight dungeons. Link has three hearts at the start, which Link can increase with Heart Containers and four Piece of Hearts. Whenever Link moves at the corner end of a map, it moves along with Link to reveal more of Koholint Island. Link is able to use a variety of items that he can switch at whim, including the Roc's Feather for the ability to jump across gaps, and the Power Bracelet to hold objects. In certain parts of the game, Link will need to have another character following them, such as when Link asks Marin to tag along in order to wake up a Walrus by singing Ballad of the Wind Fish.

Mario-franchise references in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening[edit]

Mamu in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
  • Tarin resembles Mario. He even transforms into a raccoon by eating a mushroom, as Mario transforms into Raccoon Mario by using a Super Leaf. Likewise, the Cucco Keeper resembles Luigi.
  • There are many enemies from the Mario franchise, though some of them were named differently in English guides. There are Goombas, Piranha Plants, Podoboos, Spinies (called Spiked Beetles), Cheep Cheeps (called Cheep-Sheep), Bloobers, Thwomps (called Spiked Thwomps), Thwimps (called Thwomps), Pokeys, Boos, and Shy Guys (called Mask-Mimics). Also, the Bombite enemy bears a striking resemblance to Bob-omb.
    • In the Nintendo Switch remake, figures of BowWow, CiaoCiao, a Goomba, Spiny, Boo, Cheep Cheep, Blooper, Shy Guy, Piranha Plant, and Pokey can be acquired in the Trendy Game. With the exception of the Chain Chomp characters, all of the aforementioned enemies are referred to by their Mario franchise names.
    • Also in the remake, Cheep Cheeps and Bloopers can be caught in the Fishing Hole.
  • A Yoshi doll is found at the Trendy Game shop in Mabe Village. Link can win the Yoshi doll by controlling the crane and hovering over it. When the doll is received, the text box states that it has appeared in many games recently, another reference to the Mario games. In the Nintendo Switch remake of the game, the text is changed to state that the player cannot count how many games it has appeared in now.
  • BowWow, known in the Mario franchise as a Chain Chomp, is featured in the game and "befriends" Link as it actually helps him access the second dungeon. Another, smaller Chain Chomp named CiaoCiao also appears.
  • The character Wart reappears in this game under his original Japanese name Mamu and acts as an ally to Link by teaching him the Frog's Song of Soul.
  • When Mr. Write shows the player the picture sent to him by Christine, a goat living in Animal Village, the picture of "Christine" is actually one of Princess Peach. In the Nintendo Switch version, promotional artwork of Princess Peach with her parasol is shown.

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