The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Back to Summary

Percentile Rank

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is ranked in the 95th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 122 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

87

Top Critic Average

97%

Critics Recommend

Based on 122 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Essential
Essential
Sep 19, 2019

A masterly remake that preserves Koholint Island for a new generation.

Read full review

Checkpoint Gaming
Loved
Loved
Sep 18, 2019

Takashi Tezuka and Shigeru Miyamoto should be incredibly proud of this amazing rendition. It captures everything it needs to and sets the bar for classic remasters.

Read full review

Echo Boomer
Loved
Loved
Oct 10, 2019

Two decades later, Link's Awakening feels fresh but with the same flavor and charm that made the fans fell in love with it the first time.

Review in Portuguese | Read full review

Unboxholics
Masterpiece
Masterpiece
Sep 19, 2019

Link's Awakening is a masterpiece that reminded me why I loved the Zelda series and video games in general.

Review in Greek | Read full review

Nintendojo
A-
A-
Nov 11, 2019

Whether you’re someone who played Link’s Awakening before or someone who never has, this is one of the best entries in the series and should be played by all. Don’t sleep on this one.

Read full review

GameXplain
Liked-a-lot
GameXplain

Top Critic

Liked-a-lot
Sep 19, 2019
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening REVIEW (Nintendo Switch) - YouTube video thumbnail
Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 19, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is the perfect Zelda for younger fans

Read full review

Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 9, 2019

Link’s Awakening is a beautiful recreation of a legendary game, but it doesn’t have much to offer to players who already know the ins and outs of Koholint Island.

Read full review

Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 19, 2019

No Nintendo remake has ever combined the beautiful and the familiar like this.

Read full review

Scored Reviews

USgamer
Sep 19, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remake for the Switch improves most of the flaws from the original game while maintaining (or enhancing) everything that makes Link's Game Boy adventure a classic. Its shiny new coat of paint suits it well, even if slowdown issues pop up from time to time. A few hours of play is all it takes to remind you why Zelda fans love Link's Awakening so very much.

Read full review

Forbes
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

Overall, this is a excellent remake of an already faultless Zelda game.

Read full review

Daily Dot
Sep 23, 2019

I found playing through a modern imagining of this classic to be almost perfect. While it doesn’t reinvent the franchise or break convention, it never acts like it wants to. There’s something comforting about returning to a world like this: to know its every corner, to recognize its colorful cast, to feel truly lost in the experience.

Read full review

Digitally Downloaded
Sep 20, 2019

Anyone who has never played Link's Awakening before should absolutely play Link's Awakening. It's a damning reflection on the entire industry, in terms of the respect that it shows for the artistry of video games, that a remake, rather than a re-release, was ever even contemplated as the way to give people renewed access to this classic.

Read full review

Daily Star
Sep 19, 2019

It is a must-have for any Zelda fan, and so should take its place as a console seller for the Nintendo Switch.

Read full review

GamingTrend
100 / 100
100 / 100
Sep 22, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is everything a remake should be. It retains the nostalgia of the original game while celebrating it in an entirely new way. The map is small but dense, filled with side quests, interesting character designs, and a surprising moral dilemma. This charming, toy-like world is the perfect way to experience Koholint Island, regardless of it's your first visit or your 50th time washing ashore.

Read full review

GamesBeat
95 / 100
95 / 100
Sep 19, 2019

When I go to give Link’s Awakening to someone else, would I recommend this version? Is this the game I want my kids to play? And yes. It is. Absolutely. Because the truth is that it does recapture its old magic. It’s just not the time machine that I thought it could be.

Read full review

Atomix
95 / 100
95 / 100
Sep 19, 2019

An epic return of one of the most importante video games of all time. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is a classic that everyone should play.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

Gamersky
9.5 / 10.0
Gamersky

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is a masterpiece in remaking the original classic game. It perfectly brings back the old school gameplay of the 90s with modern tech. Even if you had played the original game a long time ago, this one will shock you again.

Review in Chinese | Read full review

ThisGenGaming
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is an almost perfect remake of a classic title.

Read full review

DASHGAMER.com
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2019

It’s ironic, but not a coincidence that we experience a title, tailor made for handheld hardware make a solid return for Nintendo’s newest piece of kit. The charming, and nostalgic world of Zelda returns with this incredible adventure, proving that the franchise itself, will remain timeless with Link’s Awakening being one of the greatest entries ever.

Read full review

33bits
95 / 100
95 / 100
Oct 16, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is still a wonderful title that has been fabulously updated by the update. Only an imperfect technical section takes away the status of pristine work.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

Areajugones
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2019

Link's Awakening is still, 26 years after its debut, an outstanding game. With brand new graphics, along all the elements that made the original one of the best games ever, this classic game lands on Nintedo Switch to remind us why we love The Legend of Zelda series.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

JVL
19 / 20
JVL

Top Critic

19 / 20
Sep 19, 2019

An indispensable addition to Nintendo Switch

Review in French | Read full review

IGN
9.4 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

9.4 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

Updating the look but never losing the feel of the original, Link's Awakening is a masterclass in remaking a classic.

Read full review

Hobby Consolas
92 / 100
92 / 100
Sep 19, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is the definitive edition of a classic: a renewal and improvement in every way, but always respectful with the source material, that manages to evoke the same feelings we felt 26 years ago.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

Easy Allies
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2019
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (2019) - Easy Allies Review - YouTube video thumbnail
Game Informer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

Link's Awakening was home to some of the best classic-era dungeon designs and bosses in the series, and this remake is a reminder of (or introduction to) its legacy

Read full review

Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

Slight gripes with the new engine and the old source aside, this is still Link's Awakening: one of the best Zelda games to date. Although I don't think I'm going to rotate the DX version out of my yearly Zelda replay sessions, I'll definitely be working the Switch remake in.

Read full review

Shacknews
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 26, 2019

With the 2019 reimagining of Link's Awakening, Nintendo simply provided a new way to appreciate an all-time great adventure.

Read full review

IGN Spain
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening has nothing to envy to some current RPGs. We could complain that it is the original with few ornaments and novelties, but the essence is so deep, that it is much better that way.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

Whether you're a new or old player, Link's Awakening remains is hugely compelling and is another Switch must-have.

Read full review

Attack of the Fanboy
Oct 2, 2019

The Legend of Zelda series is known for its quality across both consoles and handhelds, with the latter often standing out for their uniqueness within the franchise as a whole. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening was a shining example of that on the Game Boy and once again proves why it deserves to be talked about among the best in the series with its remake on the Nintendo Switch.

Read full review

VideoGamer
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 11, 2019

Link's Awakening is happy to be history, and it defies you not to be, as well.

Read full review

Post Arcade (National Post)
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

Nintendo's updated take on a quarter-century-old classic is made to be enjoyed by all generations equally

Read full review

GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
Oct 16, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for the Nintendo Switch is an excellent classic comeback. The developers masterfully revived the world of adventure in 1993, improving the gameplay, preserving the atmosphere and high density of the island in a new bright wrapper.

Review in Russian | Read full review

We Got This Covered
Sep 19, 2019

In an era where Breath of the Wild reigns supreme, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening proves that there's still room for the tried-and-tested designs of yesteryear. It's far from innovative, but it has the undeniable allure of familiarity on its side.

Read full review

Gameblog
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 19, 2019

The Legend of Zelda : Link's Awakening was a treasure on Game Boy. Is still is with this version, but this time it's really good-looking, irresistibly cute. Even if there are some frame rate hiccups, if you're in possession of a Nintendo Switch, don't hesitate one second and go (re)discover one the best episodes of the entire saga.

Review in French | Read full review

Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 19, 2019

This beautiful Switch remake rebuilds all of this from the ground up in fine style. It adds modern conveniences, a dungeon creator, amiibo support and lots of little quality of life improvements whilst infusing every single square inch of Koholint – every secret passage, Piranha, Pokey and Pig Warrior – with a level of detail and depth that totally reinvigorates both its timeless story and classic Zelda gameplay for a whole new generation of gamers.

Read full review

DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2019

Link's Awakening is a remarkable remake of one of the more overlooked titles in the Legend of Zelda franchise.

Read full review

GamesRadar+
Sep 19, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening manages to feel new, but still maintain the essence of the amazing original. This is peak old-school Zelda, and it's never looked better.

Read full review

RPG Site
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 19, 2019

Proof that traditional Zelda is just as essential now as it was back in 1993.

Read full review

The Outerhaven Productions
Oct 8, 2019

The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening brings a classic story from the Game Boy era to the Switch with great results. I'm thrilled to have gotten to play this game again, and I hope you'll try it out too.

Read full review

AusGamers
9 / 10.0
AusGamers
pikamus

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

This sets the tone because everything here is, for lack of a better word, better than ever.

Read full review

TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2019

Link's Awakening takes everything excellent about the original release and adds a fantastic shine to it. This already might have been one of the best Zelda titles to date, and it's only improved here.

Read full review

Pure Nintendo
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2019

Despite its modest handheld origins, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is a true console experience. With updated aesthetics and superior controls (especially for inventory), it's shaping up to carry on the Game Boy legacy and be both a critical and commercial hit. An innovative, generally light-hearted installment that's full of surprises, Zelda enthusiasts won't want to overlook this game. Link's Awakening is also an ideal entry for those who aren't Zelda fans.

Read full review

Niche Gamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2019

If you’ve never played Link’s Awakening because you never owned a Game Boy or are too young to have given it a chance, you have absolutely no excuses to miss the game again now. Link’s Awakening is simply a joy to play, and remains a love-letter to the franchise.

Read full review

TrueGaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

A classic game that should not be missed by any adventure gamer on the Nintendo Switch

Review in Arabic | Read full review

LevelUp
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening it's a phenomenal remake of a timeless classic. Grezzo took everything that made the original great and implemented lots of quality of life improvements that make it a joy to play. It also has a great art direction that took our breath away. We can't wait to play more remakes like this one in the future.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 20, 2019

For the new generation who never even held a Game Boy (or picked it up in Virtual Console), this is a chance to experience this gaming masterpiece in its best form to date.

Read full review

SECTOR.sk
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

Good Old Link is awakened and he is still in good condition, ready to entertain Nintendo Switch players.

Review in Slovak | Read full review

GameSkinny
Sep 24, 2019

With a host of enhancements that more than make it worth playing for newcomers and old fans alike, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remains a brilliant example of impeccable design.

Read full review

GearNuke
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening brings back the charm of classic 2D Zelda games with a modern touch. It is arguably one of the better old school Zelda games for newcomers to dip their toes in since the upgrade to the visual design has made it a great looking game. This does come at the cost of performance.

Read full review

Softpedia
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2019

Even so, Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening perfectly evokes the original game's presentation on the Game Boy, while bringing the visuals up to date using ingenious toy-like character and diorama world designs. With a top-notch presentation and charming gameplay, Link's Awakening is the living proof that any good game, no matter how old it is, can be revived and brought to new audiences.

Read full review

Nintendo Insider
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 19, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is just as magical as it ever was, and, in being remade, has lost none of the charm that made the original so special in the first place.

Read full review

Nintendo Wire
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2019

From start to finish, Link’s Awakening was a delight. Its setting, cast, and quest stand apart from the rest of The Legend of Zelda series; and with its gorgeous visuals and added conveniences, it marks the perfect way to revisit this Game Boy classic.

Read full review

Nintendo Times
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 2, 2019

EXCELLENT - The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is a fantastic experience from start to finish. With an incredibly adorable art style and stunning soundtrack the most noticeable upgrades, it’s the improved control scheme that really makes this game more approachable than ever before. Newcomers can expect at least 15 hours of game (more if you want to collect everything), whereas veterans should have no trouble blowing through the game at a much quicker pace. The value will be in the eye of the beholder, but after seeing the credits roll I felt the $60 price tag was more than fair.

Read full review

Merlin'in Kazanı
90 / 100
90 / 100
Oct 7, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is one of the cutest and most unforgettable experiences you can ever had on a Nintendo Switch. The game is almost carbon copy of the original one but has that little touches to improve the experience. That is the kind of remake we always want to see.

Review in Turkish | Read full review

INDIANTVCZ
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 23, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on Nintendo Switch is an amazing fresh remake, that makes it look like this game never really came out whole 26 years ago. It manages to bring new visuals, amazing remastered soundtrack and still maintain the old level design to bring you the ultimate Link's Awakening package.

Review in Czech | Read full review

AnaitGames
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 20, 2019

A great remake of a great game, one that still has the power to capture your imagination.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

Darkstation
Sep 26, 2019

While it isn’t technically a new game, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening looks and feels as fresh and inviting as any new game released on the Switch. It preserves all the strange, playful fun of the original while utterly transforming it visually and mechanically, and preserves everything that made Link’s Awakening a classic.

Read full review

Fintendo
Fintendo
Kasper Honkanen
Nov 4, 2019

"No nightmares allowed."

Review in Finnish | Read full review

Digital Trends
Sep 19, 2019

Link's Awakening is the best top-down Zelda to date.

Read full review

Cerealkillerz
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2019

Disappointing chamber dungeon building aside, TLOZ Link's Awakening for Switch is the best version you can play right now. The updated animations are somewhat cutesy, but the improved controls, which cut out annoying item switching, should be the biggest selling point for newbies and hardcore fans alike.

Review in German | Read full review

Everyeye.it
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

Although it does not hide its age, this impressive remake could awaken the Hero within you.

Review in Italian | Read full review

GameCrate
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

Anyone who hasn't played the original should pick this up just to experience Link's Awakening in its most graphically impressive form, and anyone who fondly remembers the original should pick this up too just to take a wonderful trip down memory lane.

Read full review

PowerUp!
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2019

Playing Link’s Awakening is so simple that anyone can do it and everyone SHOULD do it. It’s that good.

Read full review

Nexus
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2019

Link's Awakening has definitely changed, especially the outstanding visuals and impactful audio, but it stays very true to its ancestor that introduced Zelda games to a handheld device all those years ago.

Read full review

Just Push Start
4.3 / 5.0
4.3 / 5.0
Sep 25, 2019

It's honestly hard to hate The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. Sure, it can be hard to progress at first and not a whole lot is different besides graphics but it's still among the best Zelda games. Add to it the charming visuals and simply fun gameplay and you'll quickly look past the flaws. Maybe not to the point where absolutely everyone needs to try it, though I would strongly suggest it if you like the look or never played the original.

Read full review

The Game Fanatics
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2019

Young or old, new player or returning player, Link’s Awakening is a game everyone should experience. I’m happy to have in in my collection next to my original copy of the Game Boy title that I acquired in my youth. Check it out as soon as possible, you will not be disappointed. It is worth every rupee.

Read full review

GRYOnline.pl
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2019

Nintendo once again reaches back to the past to bring back one of its best games – the mobile adventures of a certain warrior in a green outfit. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is basically a brand new game that generates tons of fun even without the cult surrounding the series. If not for some technical issues, it would have been perfect.

Review in Polish | Read full review

COGconnected
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 19, 2019

Putting aside the gorgeous graphics, the obtuse level design, and the various modern touches, Link’s Awakening is still an exceptional Zelda game.

Read full review

Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening looks gorgeous, sounds beautiful, and tells a twee and compelling tale. While the game can be played through in around ten hours if you know what you're doing in advance, new players will find a lengthy and engaging Zelda game to love. Whether it's your first time playing Link's Awakening or your dozenth, you will still find a gripping Switch game that you'll remember for another twenty years.

Read full review

ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2019

Link’s Awakening is yet another outstanding addition to the Switch library.

Read full review

Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is a loving remake of a decades-old game remake with just enough modern touches to make it worth playing again. Graphical overhaul aside, it's perhaps a little too faithful to the original, while additions like the dungeon-builder are a bust. Newcomers get to experience one of the quirkiest games in the series, but for those who've played through it multiple times, there's little reason to play other than nostalgia or adoration - both of which are perfectly good excuses to return to Koholint.

Read full review

Nintendo Enthusiast
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for Switch completely faithfully updates the Game Boy classic for modern audiences, and Zelda fans would be out of their minds not to play it.

Read full review

GamePro
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 19, 2019

Beautiful and carefully adapted remake of a playfully timeless classic, whose age only shows at a few points.

Review in German | Read full review

Gameplanet
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2019

Zelda Link's Awakening is an extremely well done remake and stays true to the original in all of the best ways. The wonderful new art style and score make this hands-down my new favourite way to experience this classic. The lack of hand-holding may make things challenging for first-time younger players, but a solution is thankfully never too far away. Whether you've played the original a hundred times or have never experienced it at all, the Switch version is far and away the best way to p[lay it today.

Read full review

Press Start
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is another must-play Nintendo Switch game. It still stands the test of time and in no way feels outdated, which is impressive for a 20 year old game. Don't let performance issues and a high price point stop you from playing this absolute classic.

Read full review

IGN Italy
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2019

Link's Awakening still is one of the most interesting Zelda games, even with all its limitations and semplifications.

Review in Italian | Read full review

The Games Machine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

Despite some uncertainty regarding the framerate The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is an excellent remake, which enhances the original experience in every way and makes it modern thanks to a very valuable series of improvements.

Review in Italian | Read full review

NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

The selection of smart fixes makes the game less of a grind and mostly an experience that keeps on trucking. While I don't think much of the Chamber Dungeons and other added trinkets, the refinements made to the overall flow make the journey worth it. For newcomers or Zelda veterans, Link's Awakening is a hoot from beginning to end.

Read full review

Gamers Heroes
85 / 100
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

85 / 100
Jan 2, 2020

If you need a nostalgia trip or haven't played Link's Awakening before, then you won't be disappointed with this release. Just note that it is a bit more bite-sized when compared to more recent entries in the series.

Read full review

Level Down Games
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

After 26 years, returning to Koholint Island was a pleasant escape that provided a thoroughly realized game world that I had forgotten how much I loved. Most players will finish Link’s Awakening in under 10 hours, though collecting every seashell and piece of heart, or journeying through Hero mode after finishing a normal playthrough, will extend that game time dramatically. To some gamers’ dismay, this game is priced at $59.99 retail and in the US eShop. Complaints range from the relatively short campaign and cartoonish graphics to the fact of it not being a new game at all, but I would be challenged to find a more polished and charming game in 2019. For me, the weird, wonderful world of Koholint Island, with all of its funny characters, clever dungeons, and inspired background music, made the price tag worth every penny.

Read full review

GotGame
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2019

While it has a few flaws, mostly in the performance department, don’t be fooled. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is still a dream come true.

Read full review

Fanbyte
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2019

Link's Awakening brings us back to a simpler time, when subtler changes to the Zelda formula were much more novel. It's just as charming now as it was back then, but some rough edges and a poor dungeon maker hold it back.

Read full review

But Why Tho?
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2019

In the end, though these complaints cannot weight down the gaming experience that is The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. From the gorgeous visuals to the excellent puzzle design, this game offers a top-notch experience.

Read full review

Luis Alamilla
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 21, 2019
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Review  video thumbnail
Stevivor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

Despite being over a quarter of a century old, the gameplay holds up remarkably well, especially the short and sweet dungeons and delectable puzzles. It’s one of the shorter Zelda games, clocking in at 8-10 hours, but it’s quality over quantity with a relaxing and familiar The Legend of Zelda jaunt.

Read full review

Spaziogames
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is an amazing remake that gives new life to a game 26 year old, with a brilliant art style and a perfect progression tied to the finding and the use of accessories. The only technical flaws is represented by some frame rate issues during the transition from an area to another one.

Review in Italian | Read full review

Video Chums
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening was a wonderful game when it first released and this new Switch version may not deviate much from the original but it definitely looks and sounds great.

Read full review

Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 19, 2019

The lack of any meaningful additions is a surprise, but it only underlines what a fantastic game the Game Boy original was, in what is still a classic Zelda title that thoroughly deserves the star treatment.

Read full review

GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 19, 2019

Link's Awakening on Nintendo Switch is a smart remake that enhances the spirit of the original while upholding the things that made it a classic in the first place.

Read full review

TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 19, 2019

With a quirkiness to it that stands out from the rest of the series, Link's Awakening still holds up beautifully well as a modern 2D Zelda game. Outside of some nagging performance issues, Link's Awakening is a wonderful remake of a Game Boy classic.

Read full review

VG247
Sep 19, 2019

With a gorgeous presentation and smart and minimalist tweaks, it’s as charming and enjoyable now as it was in the nineties.

Read full review

Guardian
Sep 20, 2019

Fans of the GameBoy curio will enjoy endless nostalgia with this 3D remake – but is it too faithful to the original?

Read full review

Telegraph
Sep 27, 2019

The Legend of Zelda has always had its delightful idiosyncracies --aggressive chickens, sultry fairies, Tingle-- but 1993 Game Boy adventure Link's Awakening has always been one of the most curious.

Read full review

Daily Mirror
Sep 24, 2019

Everyone can agree that it is a remake done right from the charming graphics and great music, and there couldn’t have been a better choice of Zelda game to bring to the Switch.

Read full review

FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 19, 2019

Link's Awakening returns, this time under the guise of a marvelous-looking game for the Nintendo Switch with plenty of new content, a very improved item system that brings its gameplay to our days, and a higher difficulty level that does wonders for its level of challenge. The new Chamber Dungeon component ends up delivering less than it promised but the overall experience is not affected and this new version of Link's Awakening instantly becomes a new classic and the ultimate incarnation of one of Zelda's most beloved games.

Review in Portuguese | Read full review

EGM
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

The remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is stuck between two places—the past and the present. Chances are that you've already made up your mind about whether or not to play it. It's a classic Zelda game given a second chance with a striking visual language and evocative, haunting musical reinterpretations. Making the jump from the Game Boy to the Switch means that you'll spend a lot less time changing items in the menu and much more time appreciating the meticulous clockwork of Koholint Island's challenges.

Read full review

Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 19, 2019

This remake is absolutely charming, stunning, and visually striking, making it one of the prettiest Switch games out there.

Read full review

TrustedReviews
Sep 19, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is an excellent remake of an already enamoured classic, translating its unorthodox approach to a traditional Zelda outing into the modern day with absolute ease. Even after two decades and change, it still plays like a dream and looks even better thanks to its adorable diorama visuals.

Read full review

Slant Magazine
Sep 26, 2019

It's impressive how much the simplest acts in Link's Awakening remain so gratifying hour after hour.

Read full review

Reno Gazette-Journal
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 4, 2019

Nintendo could’ve just taken the easy way out with Link’s Awakening. Instead, it brought back a gaming classic by remaking it from the ground up while keeping all the wonderful things that made games such as the original a bonafide treat. The new look won’t be for everyone and the Switch struggles at times when there’s too much going on. But those are minor quibbles for a game that reminds us why the top-down Zelda games were so beloved in the first place. Link’s Awakening is a charming remake done oh-so right. One last tip: don’t steal anything. Seriously.

Read full review

CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening fits right at home on the Switch, feeling like a fresh title despite being over twenty years old

Read full review

Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 23, 2019

Link's Awakening was a massive hit when it was first released, and today it's still just as amazing as it was 26 years ago.

Read full review

GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on the Switch proves that this beloved classic truly is timeless.

Read full review

Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 24, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is a sensational remake of this Game Boy Classic

Read full review

GBAtemp
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2019

The Nintendo Switch version of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is a great way to (re)discover a once-forgotten Zelda game with a refined gameplay and an audiovisual overhaul, even if its most notable new feature is underwhelming.

Read full review

Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is a delightful remake of an excellent game. A lot of its strength is predicated on the fact that it was built on an already exceptional Zelda game, and if you have any nostalgia for the Game Boy version, you'll be charmed by this update. The game's only real flaws are its overall short length and the frustrating frame rate issues. If you're a Zelda fan, it's still absolutely worth checking out, and if the frame rate issues get patched, this title will be the best way to play the handheld classic.

Read full review

Saudi Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 26, 2019

An incredible achievement for its time and with the incredible makeover it has not lost its luster. It might be short by today's standards, but it's a dense and rich experience with a captivating charm.

Review in Arabic | Read full review

WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2019

Link's Awakening successfully captures the brilliance of the 1993 classic and presents it in a way that will please most

Read full review

Screen Rant
Sep 19, 2019

This is a remake of one of the best Game Boy titles and you shouldn't expect much more than that.

Read full review

GamesFinest
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 21, 2019

"The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening" proves to be a charming remake with a modern look and the popular game mechanics of the original. Once again, the mystical island of Cocolint will be the setting for puzzles, research and immersion in a world full of wondrous creatures. Although "The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening" has a contemporary look, connoisseurs of the classic will quickly recognize the individual locations and enemies. Only the dungeon editor still lets air up and offers a rather entertaining pleasure. Zelda lovers and retro fans can indulge in nostalgia with "The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening" and should not miss this title.

Review in German | Read full review

RPGamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 26, 2019

It’s the perfect game for anyone looking for just the right title to dip a toe into the Zelda universe and proves quality top-down RPGs are not a lost art.

Read full review

SmashPad
Sep 26, 2019

This is undoubtedly now the definitive way of playing the great game that is Link’s Awakening. There are far worse games options on the market, and as it stands, an updated version of Link’s Awakening is simply a great game in 2019.

Read full review

VGChartz
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 24, 2019

An extremely faithful adaption of a true Nintendo classic from the company's early years, with some well-needed changes to justify the full price tag in today's gaming landscape sprinkled on top for good measure.

Read full review

Geeks Under Grace
8 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Adam Mueller
8 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2019

Though an excellent example of a classic Zelda scroller with beautiful graphics, Link's Awakening struggles with it's lack of content, making justification of it's 60-dollar price tag difficult.

Read full review

3DNews
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2019

Link's Awakening is a cute little game from the past with updated visuals, but the outdated gameplay mechanics and overall simplicity kind of broke its charm.

Review in Russian | Read full review

GameGrin
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2019

Link's Awakening is a joyous adventure and a treat for the eyes, marred by some minor performance hiccups. It's truly a shame that this title is following up the most ambitious entry in the series' history and feels dissapointingly small in comparison.

Read full review

GameSpew
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2019

There’s no denying Link’s Awakening is a very enjoyable adventure, however. It hits you right in the nostalgia spot if you’ve played before, and even if you haven’t it stands up well against more modern titles.

Read full review

Killa Penguin
Sep 22, 2019

This remake of the classic 1993 adventure isn’t as polished as I expected, sporting a new physics system and camera angle that introduce entirely new problems. It’s wonderful to think that Link’s Awakening on the Switch will introduce one of Link’s most intriguing adventures to a new generation, but it’s obvious that the goal was to replicate the aesthetics rather than the feel.

Read full review

Game Revolution
Oct 8, 2019

With so much competition, the Nintendo tax isn’t worth paying for this one, especially with such a packed release calendar over the next six months.

Read full review