HandsOn Links Awakening Switch Remake Is a Gorgeous Dream

first_img With so many video game “remakes” these days just being HD remasters of the original games, it’s nice to see more developers going back to their old classics and totally reimagining them from the ground up with the best of what modern technology can offer. The Resident Evil 2 remake provides stunning visuals. The Final Fantasy VII remake has more expressive storytelling. And after playing The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening on Nintendo Switch, I can tell you it has both.First off, how great is it that this game even exists on the Switch? As Nintendo’s next home console, it’s cool but expected for the system to have a huge 3D adventure like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But the Switch is also a portable, and as a continuation of that legacy I love that a remake of a Game Boy game can stand on that same pedestal. What I’m saying is, I’m glad this isn’t a 3DS game. I hope it’s a Switch Mini game, too.However, I am thankful for A Link Between Worlds on 3DS for creating this template for a modern top-down Zelda game. Link moves fluidity across the open world without pausing to swap between screens. The deceptively simple combat has you slashing with your sword, blocking with your shield, and monitoring enemy patterns for openings. Enemies even have new techniques like backing up while preparing to toss spears. I’ll admit it took me a beat to get used to this traditional combat after the rhythmic stylings of Cadence of Hyrule.More important than the action though is the sense of adventure. And while I’ve already played Link’s Awakening before (it’s my favorite 2D Zelda because of how cozy and bonkers it is) seeing it in this new form felt like the first steps of something grand. I walked across the beach for my weapons, ventured into some spooky woods, and of course pushed some blocks around to find my way home. This was just the beginning of the game, before collecting clever puzzle-solving key items for charging and jumping and conjuring magic. And as the world opens up, you have more options for actively customizing your map, which feels very much like Breath of the Wild.Link’s Awakening on Switch promises to be faithful to the original, remixing the already wacky content where it makes sense and offering bonus features like a dungeon editor. But obviously the biggest improvement over the monochrome sprite-based Game Boy version is the absolutely gorgeous graphical style. Watching the adorable new Link we must protect trot his way through this tilt-shift toy diorama version of Koholint Island and its surrounding nature is arresting in person. Everything is so alluringly tangible and pleasingly soft and well-lit. The only reminder that this is a video game is an unstable framerate we hope gets fixed before the September 20 release date.The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening isn’t the only cool Switch game to look forward to. Here are some great Nintendo Switch games you can play right now. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on targetlast_img

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