The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
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|The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening|
|Designer(s)|| GB release|
Takashi Tezuka (director)
Shigeru Miyamoto (producer)
Kazumi Totaka (sound composer)
Minako Hamano (sound composer)
Kozue Ishikawa (sound composer)
Koji Kondo (sound advisor)
Yosinori Tutiyama (director)
Takashi Tezuka (supervisor)
Yuichi Ozaki (sound composition
|Release date|| GB release|
June 6, 1993
December 1, 1993
October 28, 1998
December 12, 1998
June 7, 2011
CB: G8+ / G
|Platform(s)||Game Boy, Game Boy Color (DX remake), Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console (DX remake)|
|Predecessor||The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past|
|Successor||The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is the fourth installment in the series, and the only Zelda title on the Game Boy; Link's Awakening DX, a color update, is one of the three Zelda titles for the Game Boy Color. Since its release, Link’s Awakening has been popular among fans and critics. By 2004, the original release had sold 3.83 million copies worldwide, while Link’s Awakening DX had sold 2.22 million. In 2009, Guinness World Records named it the 42nd most influential video game of all time.
The timeline found in Hyrule Historia confirms that Link's Awakening is the sequel to both A Link to the Past and the Oracle series. It takes place in the "Downfall" split timeline after Ocarina of Time, where Ganon defeated the Hero of Time. The prologue speaks of Link defeating Ganon and saving Hyrule, an apparent reference to A Link to the Past. Link journeys away from Hyrule to embark on a "quest for enlightenment". The "quest for enlightenment" away from Hyrule is the story told in the Oracle Series. Defeating Ganon once more at the end of the Linked Game, Link leaves Labrynna on a boat, which leads to the events of Link's Awakening. However, a minor continuity error occurs when Link and Zelda meet for the first time in the Oracle games. They do not appear to have met beforehand, despite having met in A Link to the Past. Link's Awakening is then followed by The Legend of Zelda hundreds of years later.
- The fastest single-segment completion time (with warp glitches) is 3 minutes and 55 seconds by SD2 on April 15, 2012.
- The fastest single-segment completion time (without warp glitches) is 1 hour, 13 minutes and 53 seconds by Giuocob on May 19, 2013.
Ports and Remakes
Link's Awakening DX
- Main article: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX for Game Boy Color is a remake of Link's Awakening with several new additions, most notably the entire game is now in color. It was released just before the release of Ocarina of Time. The engines and color palettes in both of the Oracle series games are likely based on those used in Link's Awakening DX.
Nintendo 3DS re-release
It was announced at Nintendo's E3 Press Conference by Shigeru Miyamoto that Link's Awakening would release that day alongside Super Mario Land as the first 3DS Virtual Shop games, June 7th, 2011. The eshop price for the game is $5.99 in the United States, $9AU in Australia, and £5.40 in the United Kingdom.
While not as influential to the overall structure of Zelda games as The Legend of Zelda or A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening introduced a number of elements that recur in later Zelda games, including:
- The use of a location other than Hyrule as a setting.
- A list of songs playable on the game's instrument that must be learned and have different functions, although unlike in Ocarina of Time and some later games the songs simply play when selected, rather than having to be played note by note.
- The first occurrence of fishing.
- Unique background music for each dungeon rather than reusing the same single theme or few themes, as its predecessors did. Most games after Link's Awakening follow its lead in this respect.
- The first trading sequence in the series.
- The first clear example of a lava- or fire-themed dungeon in the series, with Turtle Rock.
- The Roc's Feather.
- An Owl who periodically meets Link and gives him advice on where to go or what to do next.
- A set of well-hidden collectible items that have no use by themselves but can be redeemed at a certain location to receive useful items. (Secret Seashells in Link's Awakening, with Gold Skulltulas and Poe Souls as examples of successors.)
References to other Nintendo games
There are many references to Nintendo games in Link's Awakening. The majority are from the Mario series.
- The Yoshi Doll
- Tarin himself, who is similar in appearance to Mario.
- Tarin turning into a raccoon after eating a Mushroom might be a reference to Super Mario Bros. 3 (although Mario turned into a raccoon using a leaf).
- The Cucco Keeper is similar in appearance to Luigi.
- The Wind Fish's Egg is similar in appearance to a Yoshi Egg.
- Mr. Write shows Link a picture of Princess Peach sent to him by the goat in Animal Village. (Because of the picture, her name is implied to be Christine. This scene is poking fun at long distance relationships involving mail, e-mail, etc. since the goat is lying about who she really is and Mr. Write thinks he is writing to a beautiful woman).
- Mr. Write is similar in appearance to Dr. Wright from the Super Nintendo version of SimCity. They share the same last name, but both are spelled differently.
- In addition to Mario characters, Richard from Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru made an appearance.
- Mamu is based on Wart, the final boss of Super Mario Bros. 2.
- Various enemies are based on a number of characters from Nintendo games, particularly Mario adventures:
- Princess Zelda is not featured at all in Link’s Awakening, though she is referenced by Link, initially confusing Marin for her.
- If the name ZELDA is used when creating a new game, a remixed Zelda theme will play in the background.
- Link’s Awakening is the only Zelda game in which the majority of the bosses can speak.
- In the first shop, Link can sneak an item past the shopkeeper and acquire it for free. He will, however, be labeled "THIEF" for the rest of the game. Upon returning to that shop, the shopkeeper will kill Link with a giant beam. The shop can be reset, however, by saving after Link dies from the attack.
- The additional scene after the credits that is obtained by completing a file with no deaths is unique among games in the series.
- Rather than the usual maximum of 20, this game has a maximum of only 14 heart containers. This is tied for the second-lowest maximum heart capacity (along with non-linked Oracle games) in the canon series, trailing only The Adventure of Link.
- Link's Awakening has nearly the same cover art as its predecessor, A Link to the Past.
- With the exception of Eagle's Tower, every dungeon in Link's Awakening has a map that forms a picture of an object, such as a Moldorm in the case of Tail Cave or a Key in the case of Key Cavern.
- Very unusually for a Zelda game, it is possible to complete Link's Awakening without ever acquiring the Bow. Doing so does require getting the otherwise optional Boomerang, though.
- The music for this game was composed by Kazumi Totaka (composer for Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and Mario Paint, later more famous as the voice of Yoshi), Minako Hamano (composer for the Metroid series), and Kozue Ishikawa (composer for Star Fox 2, EarthBound, and later Wario Land 2 & 3).
Links and Reviews
- Link's Awakening Review - Zelda Universe's Official Link's Awakening Review.
- Link's Awakening Walkthrough - Zelda Dungeon's Link's Awakening Guide
- Interactive clickable map of Koholint Island
- ↑ "The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 3.83, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX 2.22" — Xenogears vs. Tetris, RPGGamer
- ↑ "42. Link’s Awakening" — Guinness lists top 50 games of all time News, Euro Gamer
- ↑ "Dude! You're asking me when we started to live on this island? What do you mean by 'when?' Whoa! The concept just makes my heard hurt!" — A boy (Link's Awakening)
- ↑ "Ever vigilant, you decided to journey away from Hyrule on a quest for enlightenment. . ." (Link's Awakening manual, pg. 3)
- ↑ "Link borrowed the power of the Oracle of Seasons and the Oracle of Ages and threw himself upon the ceremonial altar. He cornered and defeated Twinrova, but the twin witches sacrificed themselves to resurrect Ganon. Because the ceremony had not been completed, however, Ganon returned as a witless, demonic beast. Link brought down the rampaging Demon King and rescued Princess Zelda, restoring peace to the lands of Holodrum and Labrynna. Bidding a fond farewell to all the people he had met during his trials, Link boarded a ship and set sail for the next land in which he would train." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 101)
- ↑ "Thank you for rescuing me. My name is Zelda. You are Link, right? I knew it at first glance." — Princess Zelda (Oracle of Ages)
- ↑ ZeldaSpeedRuns Leaderboards - Link's Awakening, ZeldaSpeedRuns
- ↑ ZeldaSpeedRuns Leaderboards - Link's Awakening, ZeldaSpeedRuns
- ↑ "As part of a video montage shown at the conference, it was confirmed that Super Mario Land and The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening would be two of the games coming to the 3DS Virtual Console." — 3DS Virtual Console Will Play Game Boy Games, The Official Nintendo Magazine
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||ゼルダの伝説 夢をみる島 (Zeruda no Densetsu: Yume o Miru Shima)|
|German||The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening|
|Korean||젤다의 전설 꿈꾸는 섬|