1001 Video Games
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die
by General Editor Tony Mott.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
includes new features and areas to explore.
- The platforming sections are clearly inspired by the Super Mario series, including pipes with hungry plants and enemies which can be killed by stomping on them.
- Wart makes a short cameo in this game, as a music teacher. Wart was the final boss in Super Mario Bros. 2.
- The character Richard, whom you help get five golden leaves for from his castle, is none other than Prince Richard from the obscure Japanese Game Boy game Kaeru no tame ni Kane wa Naru. In this game, both Richard, and the main character, Sable, were able to transform into frogs at key points in the game - which probably explains why there's a whole heap of frogs in Richard's villa. The music that plays while in the villa is also from the same game.
There is much speculation over the chronological order of the Zelda
storyline, so although Link's Awakening
is the fourth Zelda
game, it is unknown when the events in it occur. Many agree that it probably takes place directly after A Link to the Past
, although one theory suggests it takes place in the middle of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
(while Link is sailing to the east continent).
Information also contributed by
Tiago Jacques and
- Game Informer
- August 2001 (Issue #100) - #58 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
- Retro Gamer
- October 2004 (Issue #9) – #4 Best Game Boy Game