Yeah, that’s right. It’s another Legend of Zelda game review. A recent game I picked up for the Nintendo Switch is The Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening. Let me tell you, if you want a flashback to the GameBoy days of The Legend of Zelda 1993 version, this is it right here. For those youngsters that don’t know what a GameBoy is, look it up. I mean, that thing didn’t even have light-up screens, you had to buy a part for it. But enough of talking about how old I am, let’s dig in!
When playing through the game, it has a nice way of progressing. My only complaint is that you’ll be doing a lot of running around. So, it’s best to always check the map to see where you’re heading until you reach a teleporter pad; it will make it a little bit easier for you to get around. Another cool idea is that the game shows a lot of references to the Super Mario franchise. The first one you’ll meet is the Chain Chomp and there are other references too. Expect to have a mix of enemies from The Legend of Zelda series and Super Mario as well.
Some of the enemies in the game do take a bit of strategy to get through. Some are jumpers, so you have to time your attacks when finishing them off. The dungeons are also well done. As you go through them, each has a mini-boss which you must defeat. Not only that, the developers help you out by putting a map and compass to help you find the boss key. The map shows you where you are and the compass helps by telling you where all the treasure chests are. Overall, the game creators took into consideration how difficult to make the game and provided a way to help players in finding their way around.
The style of this game is special. Nintendo did a great job with the art style for Link’s Awakening. I like the look of the characters with their small bodies and eyes. It gives a nice cute look to the characters. The chibi style of the characters was well-handled and didn’t interfere with what an original Legend of Zelda game is about. The overall style is uniquely its own, with good graphics. As always, Nintendo does a great way of combining the elements of making a game family-friendly but also something for any age to enjoy.
I enjoyed playing this and it’s not a game that I think will take a lot of your time. Which is good as it makes the game short and sweet. The enemies aren’t as redundant and each will give you a little bit of difficulty in figuring out how you have to defeat them. Nintendo did a good job of making this classic unique. It’s definitely an introductory game for getting people into the Legend of Zelda series. With The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD recently released, you might just see a review coming your way. So do you think you have what it takes to awaken the Wind Fish?