The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Rating Summary

Based on 122 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

87

Top Critic Average

97%

Critics Recommend

Based on 122 critic reviews
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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.

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10 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2019

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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JVL

Top Critic

19 / 20
Sep 19, 2019

An indispensable addition to Nintendo Switch

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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.

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