Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remake announced for Nintendo Switch

The first portable Zelda game is coming to Nintendo’s latest handheld.

Sean Buckley Social Media Producer

When the Nintendo Switch launched with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it showed us what a vast open-world, free exploration Zelda game could be like -- but sometimes, it's good to go back to basics. If you've been craving a traditional, top-down Zelda experience that harkens back to the series origins, you're about to get it: Nintendo just announced that it's remaking The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch.

Link's Awakening was the first Zelda game to make its way to the Nintendo Game Boy, the company's first portable game console -- one that stranded the game's titular hero on a mysterious island. This quirky adventure was filled with fun characters and goofy humor. It was also the first Zelda game that allowed link to jump. Link's Awakening eventually received a colorized re-release on the Game Boy Color , but the incoming Switch remake takes things to the next level.

At a glance, Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch looks almost like a stop-motion film shot from above, exaggerating its overhead perspective with a blurred, depth-of-field focus. It seems like an extremely faithful recreation of the original title too, from the preserved layout of the town to the game's unique, side-scrolling platforming sections.

When will you be able to play the Game Boy's most iconic Zelda game on the company's latest handheld? Nintendo gave the game a broad release window, stating only that The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening would launch sometime in 2019.

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