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Hang on, was there seriously no thread for this game? (or the regular version for that matter)? What the heck guys?
But you know what, I'll look past that, we're just going to sit down and get cracking on this amazing game.
Link's Awakening is a bizarre game in the Zelda franchise. In some ways it feels like it lands somewhere between the original and A Link to The Past, with how the game retains the original game's style of scrolling between areas of the map and in other ways it feels like a bizarre half step between Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time with features like fishing and trade quests (And Cojiro) originating from this game.
But Link's Awakening is it's own unique game, with it's own unique setting and a storyline that, while simple, evolves into a morally ambiguous dilemma that makes it extremely ironic that this game originally came out on the original black and white Gameboy.
This game is so brilliant that someone went through the entire soundtrack, made a brilliant orchestrated soundtrack, and spliced it into a playthrough of the game.
Link's Awakening is an incredible game and just might be the best handheld title ever (although depending on what day you ask me, sometimes I pick Mother 3 for the top spot). Every Zelda fan needs to play this masterpiece!
@GameDadGrant I owned it on my gameboy pocket when I was a kid. I had a house fire a few months after that happened. My copy of the game was destroyed but I had my gameboy with pokemon blue with me at school at the time. I got really far as a kid. I tried again when it came to 3DS, but I was extremely busy with student teaching at that time. I do plan on getting to it. I really wish they would remake those gameboy games using the ALBW engine. Would be glorious.
Yeah protip to help with item management: The shield is not useful enough in this game to merit having on a button on a regular basis (I generally use the Roc's Feather while traveling the overworld more then anything personally).
Also, I do have a no death playthrough of Link's Awakening going in the background (Which is not something I usually do, I never go for perfect endings.) LA is just such a good game to have a playthrough you can chip away at over time.
I was listening to Axe of the Blood God, USGamer.net's RPG podcast, in which they're discussing their Zelda game rankings. It made me really nostalgic for Link's Awakening, essentially my first Zelda game.
Someone on twitter found the EGM preview I mentioned poring over as a kid. Enjoy the weird item selection screen featuring a dog? fox? wolf? face to represent an ocarina tune!