Link’s Awakening Remake Crashes On Switch this Year

As Nintendo closed out on their latest Direct yesterday, they had one final announcement that no one saw coming. The publisher pulled back the curtain to unveil a The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake that will be headed to Switch later this year.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake trailer begins almost identically, yet modernized, to how the Game Boy game introduced us to Link’s latest adventure back in 1993. Set after the events of A Link to the Past, Link is shipwrecked during as storm and awakens to find himself washed up on Koholint Island.

Things are quite odd here on Koholint Island, as you’ll recognize creatures not familiar to traditional Zelda lore throughout Link’s adventure. Specifically seen in The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake trailer are Chain Chomps and Goombas – creatures that are typically seen exclusively in the Super Mario universe.

Another thing that will surely catch your eye within The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake trailer is the art style that Nintendo has gone with. The last two handheld Zelda’s (excluding Breath of the Wild’s handheld ability) were The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. A Link Between Worlds was a different look for the handheld series, but still faithful to the franchise as a whole. And Tri Force Heroes essentially carried that same art style forward.

The art direction for the Switch’s A Link to the Past remake is radically different. The world looks almost claymation-esque, yet with smooth animation of course. Link even has a bit of a resemblance to Hermey the Elf from the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas special. But when the camera zooms quickly in the trailer, you get a feel for just how beautiful this world – and art style – can be.

The style appears to be divisive amongst fans, with opposing groups that love and hate Link’s new look. Hopefully, we’ll see more of the game’s world at E3 to really get a feel for this upgraded Koholint Island.

This, of course, isn’t the first time that Nintendo has brought back a title from the Game Boy era and reimagined it as something fresh. Nintendo remade Metroid 2: Return of Samus as Metroid: Samus Returns for 3DS in 2017. They took liberties throughout to make the game better as a whole, delivering a fantastic experience overall. Perhaps we’ll see this 2019 The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake do exactly the same.

Want to know what other awesome Switch games are coming? Check out our list of the best upcoming Switch games.

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