The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will be released on Nintendo Switch on Sept. 20, according to the E3 2019 Nintendo Direct.
Link’s Awakening is a remake of the 1993 Game Boy game of the same name. The Switch version features a tilt-shift art style that makes Link and friends look like miniature toys. The trailer show Link hurry through 3D isometric dungeons and leisurely fish at a 2D pond. It’s all very cute.
The Nintendo Direct trailer also shows a new dungeon-maker tool. Players collect dungeon chamber layouts throughout the game’s adventure. They can then organize the layouts, like connected puzzle pieces, to create their own dungeon maps. Players can tackle their custom dungeons for additional rewards. In the trailer, Link completes a player-made dungeon and receives a new Fairy Bottle.
We ranked The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening at #5 on our 30 Greatest Game Boy Games list. Critic Jeremy Parish wrote:
“The Zelda series has two faces: The rock-solid, genre-defining adventure face, and the weird stuff face. Link’s Awakening hovers somewhere in between the two. It makes a lot of interesting changes to the top-down Zelda formula, not least of which is making Link’s sword an optional piece of equipment; he can swap it out for other weapons, a shield that can be used actively as a defensive weapon, and even a magical feather that allows him to jump. This quest also takes place entirely within the bounds of an island, a surreal place inhabited by oddball characters and a certain dream logic.”