Zelda: Link’s Awakening Remake Announced For Switch


If you haven’t already, you can catch up on all the biggest news from the latest Nintendo Direct here, but the showstopper was new Zelda game for the Switch. Nintendo closed out its latest Direct presentation by unveiling a remake of the beloved Game Boy game The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, which is being “reborn as a new experience” on the hybrid console later this year.

Nintendo didn’t share many details about the Link’s Awakening remake, but it retains the same top-down perspective as the original, making it the first new 2D Zelda game for Switch. It also features a visual style reminiscent of A Link Between Worlds, the 3DS follow-up to A Link to the Past.

Link’s Awakening originally launched for Game Boy back in 1993, with an updated color version (dubbed Link’s Awakening DX) following in 1998. Unlike most other games in the series, it isn’t set in Hyrule, but rather the mysterious Koholint Island. After being shipwrecked, Link washes ashore the island and can only escape by retrieving eight magical instruments and waking the isle’s guardian, the Wind Fish.

Nintendo announced a ton of other Switch games during its latest direct presentation, including Super Mario Maker 2, which is slated to launch this June. As promised, we also got a closer look at Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which is now coming to Switch on July 26.

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