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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX

Game Boy

Game Description:

If there is a game that has eaten up more of my free time than I can remember, it’s this one. I wasted a lot of time playing Link’s Awakening. I would sometimes put different names for Link and pretend I was playing as that character, such as “Goku” and only using the Fire Rod, pretending I was using the Kamehameha. It’s silly, I know, but I was very young. It also illustrates how wonderful this game was.

The gameplay is a refinement of the original Legend of Zelda’s gameplay. Or would be, if A Link to the Past hadn’t been released first, but this game still feels closer to the original than LttP. You can move diagonally and you combine items together for the first only only time ever (unless you count the bomb arrows in Twilight Princess).

The graphics are superb. You can tell what everything is and although animations are simple, there’s a charm about them.

The sound for this game is good. Sound effects are good effective and the sound track is wonderful. Part of the game’s objective is to collect musical instruments, after all.

The story is more sophisticated than the first two Zelda’s. There’s a plot twist or two and it’s better fleshed out than in the first games. Not like I ever needed a deep story in a Zelda game than to go and beat up whatever villain was around.

I recommend this game to anyone with a soul. It’s probably the very best Zelda you could possibly play.

Content:

2 Documents
TitleCategoryDate
Links Awakening DX ASMGame Specific25 Jun 2006
Links Awakening DX Hacking DocumentGame Specific01 Jan 2002

2 Utilities
TitleCategoryDate
LALE - Link's Awakening Level EditorLevel Editors21 May 2013
ZLADELevel Editors02 Oct 2009

7 Translations
TitleCategoryDate
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (SV)Fully Playable13 Nov 2016
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (ES)Fully Playable29 Jul 2015
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (ES)Fully Playable04 Jul 2014
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (AR)Fully Playable31 Jul 2013
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (KO)Fully Playable19 Jan 2010
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (NL)Fully Playable11 Oct 2009
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (IT)Fully Playable10 Feb 2001

10 Hacks
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Link's Awakening ReduxImprovement12 Sep 2020
Quality of Life ImprovementsImprovement02 Sep 2020
Zelda - Link's Awakening DX Hero ModeImprovement11 Jan 2018
Link's Awakening DX Font ImprovementImprovement20 Nov 2016
Link's Awakening DX - Gender NeutralImprovement16 Feb 2016
Link's Awakening DX VWF versionImprovement20 May 2015
Photo Album TranslationImprovement25 Mar 2015
New AwakeningComplete03 Mar 2014
Hard AwakeningComplete05 Apr 2013
Link's Awakening RestorationImprovement02 Dec 2009