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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (1993)

Zeruda no densetsu: Yume o miru shima (original title)
The ship in which Link travels back to Hyrule is destroyed in a storm. He awakens in a strange island, where he will find a new enemy and some new friends.


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Link, after battling the evil in Hyrule, sets off in a ship for a journey. His ship is caught in a terrible storm and he is shipwrecked on a mysterious island. Evil once again finds Link, and he is forced to battle his way through the dungeons of Koholint Island. Replacing Princess Zelda as the maiden in this episode is Marin, a native island girl. Once Link defeats all the mini-dungeons, he sets forth for the final boss of the game, and then he learns the truth about Koholint. Written by Mike McCue

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August 1993 (USA)  »

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One of very few Legend of Zelda games in which both Zelda and Ganon themselves do not appear (although the final boss briefly takes on Ganon's form). See more »


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Link's Awakening
19 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Link's Awakening is the first hand-held Zelda and the first one to diverge from the Triforce, Ganon, and Zelda structure. This one instead takes place on a random island. A lot of people love this game, but I don't know why. In my opinion, it's one of the weaker Zelda games out there. Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages are far from my favorites, but they are both better and more interesting games. They both have a better story and overall have more to offer. As I remember, Link's Awakening does have some decent game play, but everything else about it is really dated. The music to these older games is hard to listen to. The first two Zelda games actually have better music than this. Yeah, we have the option of turning it off, but I like to have music while playing a game.

Link's Awakening is easy to play; it's not excessively difficult, but overall it just doesn't add that much to the series, in my opinion.

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