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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Game Boy)

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The fourth game in the Zelda series although it does not take place in Hyrule. After being attacked at sea, Link's ship sinks, and he finds himself stranded on Koholint Island. He awakens to see a beautiful woman looking down at him. He soon learns the island has a giant egg on top of a mountain that the Wind Fish inhabits deep inside. Link is told to "awaken the wind fish and all will be answered," so Link sets out on another quest.

Play is mostly similar to the SNES game with a top down perspective. However, there are short sections in dungeons where the game switches to a side-scrolling view with platforming elements. Link must go onto each of the 7 temples to retrieve a musical instrument that will help awaken the Wind Fish. Along the way, Link must search the land and uncover hidden treasures and items that will allow him to progress on his journey. With new items, he can open up new passages that will take him even farther on his quest and allow him to enter new areas that were inaccessible before. Link can attack his enemies with his sword or use items he finds during his quest to help him. Guarding every instrument is a temple boss, which must be defeated if Link is to awaken the Wind Fish.

Screenshots

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Game Boy A small Jump'N Run passage
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Game Boy At last, the first instrument
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Game Boy The second boss is invincible until you find a way to damage his bottle
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Game Boy First sub-boss

Alternate Titles

  • "ゼルダの伝説 夢をみる島" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Zelda no Densetsu: Yume o Miru Shima" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Perhaps the best game for the Gameboy Apogee IV (2336) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Best game for the gameboy...ever Big C (49) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Nintendo Life Aug 16, 2009 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
Nintendo Magasinet (Denmark) 1994 10 out of 10 100
Legendra Sep 17, 2009 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GamesCollection Aug 19, 2008 9.5 out of 10 95
Portable Review Oct 24, 2005 37 out of 40 92
Game Players Nov, 1993 90 out of 100 90
WIZ Aug, 1994 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Mega Fun Oct, 1993 87 out of 100 87
High Score 1993 4 out of 5 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Feb 08, 2004 8 out of 10 80

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Trivia

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.

Enhanced re-release

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX includes new features and areas to explore.

References

  • 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.

Timeline

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).

Awards

  • 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
Information also contributed by Ben K, PCGamer77, Tiago Jacques and Zovni

Related Web Sites

  • OC ReMix Game Profile (Fan remixes of music from Link's Awakening.)
  • The Legends of Zelda (This site contains everything you ever wanted to know about the Zelda series.

    This page contains several FAQs and secret lists about Link's Awakening. There's also images and music from the game.)
  • Zeldapower.com Forums (Message Board for all of the Zelda games)
Matthew Bailey (1143) added The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Game Boy) on Jun 10, 2001