The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

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Johnny Hurricane

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kasper Honkanen
Nov 4, 2019

"No nightmares allowed."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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