The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening gets its "YAHOO!" back


Here's a small bit of Legend of Zelda trivia for you. Back with the original release of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on the Game Boy and Game Boy Color, there was one old lady character who spouted "YAHOO!" has her catchphrase. When we got to the 3DS VC release of the game, Nintendo had yanked the "YAHOO!" and changed it to "HELLO!" and other words. This is probably because Nintendo was worried about the Yahoo! web service provider taking issue with the word due to their trademark.

Well, even if that was the issue, Nintendo has decided that they're good to go with the use of "YAHOO!" again. The old lady character has had her "YAHOO!" exclamation added back in for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on Switch. A small change, but nice to see the game come full circle.

Switch "Something for Everyone" commercial

Everyone is here!

Nintendo Switch has something for everyone.

Switch "My Way to Play" commercial: My Adventure

Adventure with Nintendo Switch

Switch has games for every type of gamer – whether at home or on-the-go. Find the games that you want to play, your way! Check out favorites like Luigi’s Mansion 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.

Nintendo uses The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to promote The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Link of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the next big evolution for the Zelda series. Many players who've never touched a Zelda game jumped in on the game, and Nintendo is hoping to convert them into multi-game Zelda fans. That's why their latest Twitter advertisement ties Breath of the Wild to Link's Awakening. I'm not too sure the cross-promotion will work, but hopefully a few people will be wooed!

Nintendo releases "Switch My Way" commercial for The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening & Luigi’s Mansion 3

The holiday season is right around the corner, which means it's time to ramp up the advertising machine! Nintendo has put out a new commercial showcasing two of their big titles, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening & Luigi’s Mansion 3. Check out the spot above.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 'welcome' sign spotted in Taiwan

Hello, Link!

Nintendo has put up a special bit of advertising for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening in Taipei, Taiwan. Those who visit Ximending will be greeted by the above welcome sign, which features artwork for Link's Awakening. A warm welcome from Link is certainly a nice thing to see!

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening updated to Version 1.0.1

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening has been updated to Version 1.0.1. Check out the patch notes for this update below.

Fixed an error where certain conditions would cause Marin to stop moving in Toronbo Shores, and the game would lock up.

- Downloading this update will also fix saved games where the error is already in effect.

100,000 copies of Link's Awakening has been sold in Germany

According to The GAME association, The Legend of Zelda: Link's awakening has sold a respectable 100,000 copies in Germany alone! October sales is not included in this number, as the data is only taken from the game's launch month in September. Link's Awakening has been selling quite well worldwide, and we'll find out the total sales numbers at Nintendo's next financial briefing.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening director Mikiharu Oiwa explains all things fishing

Hook, line, and sinker

Nintendo has shared another developer feature on The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, and this time they take a deep diver into fishing. Check out the entire blog below!

There are worse places to be shipwrecked than the tropical Koholint Island, the setting of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, which is out now on the Nintendo Switch family of consoles.

To tell us about his favourite point of interest on the island, here’s the game’s director Mikiharu Oiwa.

Hello, I’m Mikiharu Oiwa from Grezzo, director of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. I’d like to tell you a little bit about one of my favourite places to visit on Koholint Island: the Fishing Pond.

If you need a break from your adventures on Koholint Island, please swing by the Fishing Pond in Mabe Village. You’ll need some rupees to play, but you can go there and fish right from the start of your quest.

The fishing in Link’s Awakening is different from the fishing in other titles in The Legend of Zelda series in that you play it with a side view – just like in the original Game Boy game.

You can even see the fish perfectly. It’s like they are in a narrow aquarium. Don’t you think that this fits very well with the diorama art style of this game? Also, Link’s movements are different than in the top-down perspective and way cuter.

We put a lot of attention into making the gameplay for this feature as well. Since you can see the fish at all times, we put the emphasis not in finding the right fishing spot, but rather on the battle with the fish. It is split in three main parts:

1: Positioning the lure by casting it and letting it sink
2: Hooking the fish where it nibbles on the lure and then bites
3: Battling the fish by reeling it in at the right timing

By the way, if you try reeling in little by little as the fish is nibbling on the lure, you can bring the fish closer to shore. If you get it to bite there, you can lift it out of the water in one go with a splash! This only works with small fish though.

As your adventure progresses, different kinds of fish will appear in the pond. You might even find Cheep Cheeps from the Super Mario series that appear as enemies in some dungeons, swimming around in the Fishing Pond. Trying to reel in a Cheep Cheep is a bit more challenging compared from other fish, so please give it a try!

Also, as a reward for reeling in rare fish, the different kinds of lures you can use will increase as well. Here are some illustrations of the lures we designed during development. It’s hard to tell in-game because the lures are so small, but they’ve turned out rather well.

We also included fairy bottles as new items in this version of Link’s Awakening. The Fishing Pond was the first place that came to my mind as a hiding spot for one of them. I really wanted to fish for a bottle.

When fishing for the bottle, the fish that swim around will get in your way. They will take notice of the bottle and will try to pick at it. Because of that, you’ll need to reel the lure in skillfully to avoid them. Oh by the way, you can catch a fairy in the bottle, so if you manage to get your hands on it, it’s sure to be of use early on in your adventure!

Finally I wanted to talk about something that I personally really like: the expression on Link’s face after he catches a fish. He has this adorable expression that you can’t see during the rest of the adventure. A real treat! I hope you all enjoy looking into Link’s cute saucer eyes.


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