Over the past few days Nintendo has been releasing mini character profiles and locale information over social media to introduce new players to the people they'll meet when they wash up on Koholint Island on 20th September when The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening arrives on Switch.
We've collected together the images and descriptions that have appeared on Facebook and the official Zelda Twitter account for your enjoyment. Be warned - after seeing these character renders you will be powerless to resist should Nintendo decide to release an entire Link's Awakening series of amiibo...
Link's Awakening takes place on Koholint, a tropical island with rich nature. This is a mysterious island where those who have arrived will never be able to leave. People say that the island's deity Wind Fish is sleeping in that big egg on top of the mountain.
If you ever need help on the island, be sure to call Ulrira from the Phone Booth!
This is Link. It seems as though he was caught in a storm and washed up on Koholint Island. It is said that you'll never be able to get out of the island once you've entered, but maybe you can help Link make it off the island…
This is Marin, who helped Link on the beach. She is full of vitality, and the village is always filled with her singing songs.
A mysterious owl that knows how to talk resides in this island. It seems to know so much about this island. Make sure to listen to what it says.
Ah, we could sit and look at pics like this all day, but we'd never get any work done. It's going to be a nightmare come September when the game actually releases! Are you an old hand or completely new to the world of Link's Awakening? Let us know with a comment below.
I really love the art style for this game. I hope they use it for future Zelda remakes like Oracle Of Seasons.
I hope Links Awakening sells well on Switch the fact that its a remake and not everyone likes the art style i fear that could impact the sales
A discount on a Zelda game?
Maybe slightly discounted on a used digital copy somewhere.
These cute designs are killing me!..... So adorable!
I'm not a fan of how Link looks if I'm going to be honest. He had way more personality and charm in the 12 photographs you could unlock in Link's Awakening DX
The only thing I don't like about this game is the price.
As everybody is commenting, I really want this game, but 60$ for a 20 hours long game? It hurts.
@Lizuka I'd agree with you, but when are Nintendo games ever discounted? I tend to pre-order most of them, because it's the cheapest way to get them. If they turn out to be turkeys, I can get my money back by selling / trading. I got £40 for my copy of Kirby Star Allies and I payed £35 on pre-order.
@Octane i could say that about every game but nothing we can do about it
@Indominus_B Actually no, the Owl is a separate character. I won't spoil it here, but it's revealed who he is later in the game.
Come on Nintendo release that E3 demo!!!!!
Looking forward to this! Living in the States (which means we are unfortunate enough to not be getting a steelbook edition...unless I have been sleeping under a rock which is possible) I went for the Dreamer Edition. I don't personally see a problem with the price especially when we have spent the same for less....
I just want a toy line released for this. Too cute for this world!
Pretty cool, it almost seems like the art direction is plastic figures. Reminds me a bit of Paper Mario in a way.
@Zequio Wasn't spiderman a 20 hour game?
aye it may be 20 hours for someone who is actually decent at games. I’m about 40 hours into blinkin’ Owl Boy and STILL not finished the game. Ditto Gato Roboto.
So I’m expecting this to be a 90 hour game
Even happier to have bought the limited edition! 😍
@Indominus_B But Links Awakening came first, so wouldn't it make more sense to say Kaepora Gaebora is a ripoff of this owl?
@Chunkboi79 maybe thats why I dodnt buy it neither😜
(Not really it was because I don't own a PS4)
Wow, that was a really short game!
@KIRO I'm with you man, based on how long it has taken me to get through the GBC game, 60-90 hours minimum!
Somebody once said that Nintendo doesn't really make video games, they make toys. And each video game is its own unique toy. This one is worth every penny!
I am saving myself for this! I have played LTTP a gazzilion times and Link between worlds just as much. Links awakening I have never played so really looking forward to September and a brand new zelda for me 😀
I'd like to see them re-do the minish cap in this style.
i've never actually played more than 10 minutes or so of this game (but I think i do still have the gameboy cart somewhere) so this one is going to be purchased at some point this year.
@sword_9mm Minish cap is incredible!! Such a good game
@Lizuka Same. Sigh... next Prime day.
Or bundles with the Switch Lite. Next Prime day.
I enjoyed it but never finished it.
Guess i could get the DS out and get it finished someday. i don't have any GBAs around anymore.
I would pay up for a Marin amiibo faster than Link can say "Hya! Haaaah! Hyut!"
Being honest, I'm probably skipping this game. Not because it isn't amazing but because I've played and replayed it enough.
NOW, the art IS adorable. I really like the small details, like how Marin's hairstyle is asymmetrical.
Everybody moaning about the price and here I am paying £70 for the limited edition version, oh and I'd take a great 20 hour game over an average 100 hour game everyday of the week
@Tyranexx Indeed... Please Nintendo... Take my wallet.
@sanderev Property of Nintendo needs stamped on mine.
So Ulrira is a retired Yukon Cornelius. Which if anybody is familiar with military jokes and memes, we realize that Yukon was the “operator” in his matter. Funny, that whenever you use a phone in Link’s Awakening, you get connected to Ulrira... who is the OPERATOR! Though maybe a different kind of Operator... or is he? Hahaha
I love that art style.
Never played this before as I never owned a Gameboy of any description, I'm really looking forward to another Zelda fix.
@KBuckley27 Not too worried about the art style hurting it. People had a kneejerk bad reaction to Windwaker and that game did fine and Toon-Link is still with us.
Personally, I hope this is just the first. I'd like the Oracle ones to get the same treatment.
Buy it for £40 Physical. Complete it within 1 to 2 weeks. Sell it for £30-£35.
Not bad for a Fiver.
Then repeat with Luigi's Mansion 3 and so on...
@Dilated Nintendo does some discounts during holidays sometimes or when the console's life is on it's decline they will launch they player choice line.
but it's true that Nintendo games rarely drop in price early on.
Has the $60 been confirmed by Nintendo?
BotW = $60 = Link’s Awakening remaster?
New link had amiibo style
This art style reminds me the one in 1996 behind Super Mario RPG for the SNES.
I am loving this style. It was a little strange to me at first, but wow has it grown on me. It was always going to be an early purchase for me, but now it is "need to find a special edition on Day One" tier.
I am sure that this will eventually be regarded as a great Legend of Zelda and adored as much as the original LA is. Then you'll have your old-school fans and remake fans fighting to the death in every forum, of course.
@SpicyBurrito16 Agreed, I'd love to see more remasters of all the NES and Gameboy Zelda titles
Hopefully it is worth the $80 AUD I am having to fork out. Typically refuse to pay more than $60 AUD for a title, but a Nintendo game gives you little choice...and my physical BOTW will be sad without it.
LTTP / LBW bundle on Switch will make me happy.
Limited edition pre ordered, can't wait!
@Lizuka length never comes into it for me when determining a games value and when you think about it the length of a game actually has little correlation to how long you may spend with it. I've had plenty of 100 hour games that I lost interest in long before seeing the end but then I have something like Sonic 2 (and many others) which I've probably spent 100's of hours with and many people have already mentioned playing the original of this multiple times. This year alone we've had Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5 on other consoles with both games being shorter than this, the former significantly so and itself a remake. I'd say Resi 2 is the best game I've played so far this year despite playing the original to death and it's short run time of around 7 hours. Multiple playthroughs are encouraged and I've played through several times making how much time I spent with it significantly more than something like RDR2 which bored me after a few hours. Oh and I've seen somebody mention Spider-Man and when did we start calling 20 hour games short? That game is excellent and in no way short and how long is Luigi's Mansion 3 going to be?
Back to Zelda and I do agree somewhat over the content of this game, where as Resi 2 did change things up a bit from the original this doesn't appear to, graphics aside. I personally would have preferred them to take inspiration from the original rather than a one to one remake which we appear to have, perhaps there will be more new content other than the dungeon creator but it doesn't look like it. So yes if you've played the original I can perfectly understand not wanting to pay full price for what is essentially the same game with fancy graphics. Ironically I did think the same as you and probably still would had I not secured one of the limited editions of the game, which I know doesn't really make sense, I just really like the stuff that comes with that edition plus it'll have some value. Sorry that ended up being a bit longer than I thought
@Tandy255 well the pre-orders have been up for quite some time so yes. Also how many Wii U games are on Switch at full price plus remakes like Resi 2 elsewhere
A Minish Cap and an original NES Zelda game Remake would be really great.
So... It is pretty much the same game re-skinned or have they added more to the story?
@carlos82 I guess I was hoping the online retailers were using a place holder price.
I believe Captain Toad Treasure Tracker for Switch launched at $40.
@SpicyBurrito16 It grew on me with time, but I still wish it didn't have that plastic sheen to it. It's easy to see why people think of Funko Pops looking at it.
Zelda games do not come out in a yearly basis so I gladly throw in 60$ if this gets Nintendo to produce more Zelda games. 20 hr campaigns for today’s standards is huuuuuuuuge, I mean, look at the 5-10 hr average campaigns on other platforms that sell for at least the same price.
I like the way it looks but like others have said this clearly hasn't taken the same resources as BoTW and its a bit of a cheek to charge like it has. Will play on my SNES mini for top down Zelda, which was only £20 more then retailers are listing this for!
@Lizuka It is some kind of a stretch for sure, depending on your angle. Technically it's an entirely new game in all but it's lay-out and story. Which shouldn't be discredited as just a small part of the medium either. The game, its story, and its new art are beautiful many people already know and love.
I feel like they could indeed have cut a bit of the price, and/or added a download for the original game as well, perhaps. But then again, I'll bite, even at the high price for the collector's edition. It was my first game ever, on my first system ever, and the steelbook alone sealed the deal.
I guess value is a difficult thing. To me this one is ok, while often I find €15 too much for a game (especially when it's a download). But I know it's probably mostly "fair" considering the costs of the project (profit for the rich; forced overtime for underpaid wage-slaves; tax extortion for people, businesses, and systems who have nothing to do with the deal;... all that having no place in a "fair trade" aside - that's another discussion, and Nintendo seems to have an arguably good stance on the first 2 at least).
@Tandy255 yeah but I think that was actually that price when it launched on Wii U as well. What we sometimes forget in a game like this, is that everything has been remade from the ground up for the Switch, so from that perspective it is a brand new game
@HarryHyruleHero Yes, it is the same game in the new art style. The map and dungeons should all be the same. There is an additional feature where you can design your own dungeon, but not really any more story.
@carlos82 Nintendo.com does list the $60 price. If I decide to buy digital, I suppose a voucher would make it $50. Right now, though, I may wait for a lower price an a physical edition. Maybe a Black Friday sale.
@Tandy255 shame... Don't know if I'll pick it up anytime soon...
This title is the highlight of the year for me (along with Witcher 3 when it arrives on Switch), so I'm OK to pay the full asking price.
I may have felt differently if I had a load of other games to buy, but it's been slim pickings for me.
LA and W3 will see out the year on full price purchases. Everything else will be a Nindies or during a sale.
Yeah, I wish it didn’t really have the plastic feel to it. It definitely does give the Funko Pop vibes. But I guess the art style grows on ya.
Zelda game? Discount?
First I've heard of this!
They are beautiful.
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