I think every gamer out there is at least familiar with the name Legend of Zelda. Whether you love it, hate it, know everything about it, or know absolutely nothing about it other than the fact it’s about a little green elf with a sword, everyone knows the name. It’s a series beloved by many, many, many people around the world, and for good reason, too. This long-running series has many unique games that play off of each other, and the many open ends in the stories open up many opportunities for people to come up with theories of their own. It brings people together, and that’s amazing.
To be completely honest, I’ve fallen away from the Zelda games over the years the more I realized I had more of an affinity for turn-based, story-driven RPGs, like the Final Fantasy games. But I’ve been recently re-discovering what made me fall in love with the series in the first place. There’s something magical about the Zelda series that just can’t be properly put into words, and the older I get, the more I realize that magic is why so many people love the series. From the start of the series all the way to the most recent (and absolutely fantastic) installment, the Legend of Zelda has captivated the hearts of people all around the world with a unique magic no other game has.
The reason I wanted to write this entry is because I very, very recently rediscovered my love for this magical series when I started playing Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX. This was the first handheld Zelda game, and I’ve been playing the GameBoy Color remake. It’s so damn good.
I first played Link’s Awakening when I was around 12 or so. I haven’t had a GameBoy Color since I was 5, so my first experience with it was on an emulator. I think it was because I was playing it with a keyboard instead of legitimately, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have. It was after High School when my love for the Zelda series started faltering. I don’t actually remember why that was. It could be because it was just a stressful part of my life with a lot of personal issues. After graduation and after my co-author left for his mission in Germany, I didn’t really have anyone. My parents were going through a lot, and my little brother… God, I felt awful for him. He was 16 at the time of all of this. He’s a tough kid, but he’s been through so much.
That aside, you get the idea. It was a rough time. I started going with turn-based RPGs because it was something I could take my time with. It was relaxing to me and still is. But very recently, I’ve been finding new appreciation for games that I haven’t played in years. I’ve had Link’s Awakening DX on my 3DS for a couple years now, but I haven’t actually played it until early last week. I was and still am totally hooked. It’s like the original Zelda combined with A Link to the Past with a completely new and original story. The writing is amazing and sarcastic, just the way I like it, the dungeons and puzzles are creative, and you can really tell the dev team had fun making this game. That just makes it even better.
I think the greatest part about Link’s Awakening is that the quality doesn’t suffer just because it’s a game for a handheld device. If they remade it today in the style of A Link to the Past or even Minish Cap and put it on a console, it would still feel amazing. Hell, it doesn’t even need to be remade. The quality is high enough to simply be a console game on its own! (Though I would love to hear an orchestrated version of the soundtrack.) It’s sorely underrated in the series by it’s console brethren, but it is a fantastic and solid entry in the series. If you like the Zelda games and haven’t played this one before, dust of the old GameBoy, fire up an emulator, or make sure your 3DS is charged and get Link’s Awakening. I can almost guarantee you’ll have a great time playing it. I’ll see you guys tomorrow.