Review by DETHSHADO

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

After The Legend of Zelda: A Link To the Past was released, the Gameboy had a Zelda Title on the way. That title was The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, and it is currently one of the most underrated Zelda titles ever. It was a very emotional game later on, and the ending even got some gamers to cry. Nonetheless, it was a great game.

Gameplay-10/10
The gameplay is pretty simple, and classic Zelda gamers will adjust quickly. The controls are the same as the original and A Link To the Past , but it also added to that. For the first time in a Zelda game, you can choose the weapon that goes in the A and B buttons. So, if you like to slash with B, use B, and if you hack with A, A it is. No other outstanding features.
Again, easier game than the others, but games in general were getting easier at the time. I'll leave you to decide if the game is fun or not.

Story-11/10
The story is Link was on a boat, got stranded on an island when it wrecked, and woke up in an island girl named Marins house. You learn you are on Koholint island, and an owl tells you to go to 8 dungeons, get a Siren Instrument from each, and wake the Windfish to return home. The story has some major plotline twists, and isn't about Ganon, so I give it an extra point.

Graphics and sound-10/10
They're good. The music is not the same in every dungeon like before, which set the tone for future Zelda games. The graphics are good, but an updated version with color is Links Awakening Deluxe, good buy, great if you are a graphic freak, and even provides nice little extras.

Replayability-8/10
It's fun to replay and all, but it is not hard the second time around. The plotline twists aren't a surprise anymore, but it is a fun experience still. The game does have sidequests, and good ones at that. Whether you're fishing, or playing a skill crane at the Trendy store, there are great extras.

Great game, buy it on the Gameboy and love it. Also, to have even more fun, buy, Links Awakening DX for updated colors. However, the original has great, fun glitches that can't be done on DX. You choose your path.


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 06/09/08

Game Release: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (US, 08/31/93)


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