Zelda: Link's Awakening -- Nintendo Remaking Classic Game Boy Title For Switch
Wake up, Link.
If you haven't already, you can catch up on all the biggest news from the latest Nintendo Direct here, but the showstopper was the new Zelda game for Switch. Nintendo closed out its latest Direct presentation by unveiling a remake of the beloved Game Boy game The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, which is being "reborn as a new experience" on the hybrid console later in 2019. A specific release date was not announced, but we did get a good look at it in the form of a trailer, which you can watch below.
Nintendo didn't share many details about the Link's Awakening remake, but it retains the top-down perspective of the original, making it the first new 2D-style Zelda game for Switch. It also features visuals somewhat reminiscent of A Link Between Worlds, the 3DS follow-up to A Link to the Past.
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Link's Awakening originally launched for Game Boy back in 1993, with an updated color version (dubbed Link's Awakening DX) following in 1998. Unlike most other games in the series, it isn't set in Hyrule, but rather the mysterious Koholint Island. After being shipwrecked, Link washes ashore the island and can only escape by retrieving eight magical instruments and waking the isle's guardian, the Wind Fish.
Nintendo announced a ton of other Switch games during its latest direct presentation, including Super Mario Maker 2, which is slated to launch this June. As promised, we also got a closer look at Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which is now coming to Switch on July 26.