In the mood for some good old fashioned Zelda? This reworking of Link’s Awakening will scratch that itch. It is everything a remake should be. Improved graphics and music, numerous quality of life improvements, and even a few new features such a cool dungeon creator. It does all of this while remaining very true to the original game. What always stood out the most about this Zelda title in particular is the mercurial and bittersweet story. The ending in particular is surprisingly haunting for a Nintendo game.
The biggest criticism I can think of is the price. Link’s Awakening is a perfect example of the “Nintendo Tax.” It’s not a very long game and being a remake, the full $60 retail price is a bit out there. For me personally, it was worth every penny. Granted I knew going into it that much of what I am paying for is simply some enjoyable nostalgia. Still, with lots of side quests, challenges, and even a new hard mode, Link’s Awakening still gives you decent bang for your buck.