Every Zelda Game, Reviewed
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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
- Release Date: June 6, 1993
- System: Game Boy
- Full article: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening retrospective
- (Written on December 26, 2014, as part of a 1993 retrospective)
- Critic - Justin Haywald
"It's not often that a handheld entry in a franchise can be compared in quality to its console brethren, but Link's Awakening on Game Boy was and is one of the best entries in the series. While it started out as an experiment to bring A Link to the Past to Game Boy, it eventually morphed into its own quirky tale. Without any of the regular trappings of the series, no Ganon to fight or Triforce to collect, players got to explore a world that felt unique while still familiar.
"Link's Awakening is a curious side story in the Zelda canon, and also one of the few times that other Nintendo characters crossed-over into Link's adventures. But the success of the game led to a long line of standalone, portable adventures for Link that might not have ever happened without this first experiment."