The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Revealed for Nintendo Switch

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is getting a remake for Nintendo Switch, as confirmed by the company, with a trailer, during today's Nintendo Direct.
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The last announcement of today’s Nintendo Direct was a reveal trailer for a Switch version of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. The trailer offered several gameplay snippets and a release window.

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Specifically, this new take on The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is set for release in 2019, but no other details on a release date are available at this time. Furthermore, Nintendo did not provide specifics on whether the game is simply a port of the 1993 title, with updated graphics, or if it contains new features.

In the trailer, Nintendo showed off several iconic areas from Koholint Island. This includes Mabe Village, Goponga Swamp (the area outside Bottle Grotto), Kanalet Castle, Toronbo Shores, and the Mysterious Woods, complete with Link’s owl guide, Kaepora Gaebora.

The game’s famously quirky approach appears to be kept intact as well. The trailer features the original side-scrolling areas, Goombas appearing in dungeons, and bosses like the Genie.

No information was given about the graphics engine. However, the trailer showcases a cartoonish art style used for the characters and monsters uniquely mixed with high definition effects for things like the trees, grass, lighting, and water.

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