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My Nintendo Japan offering physical Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening items

Time to be jealous yet again

My Nintendo Japan is once again getting goodies that will make fans around the world jealous. A series of Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening items are up for grabs, including a Smartphone Ring with a Hyrule Shield design, a Drawstring Bag with a Magic Powder design, a Sticker Set, and a Switch Card Case.

Did You Know Gaming - The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Did you know?

In this video, Did You Know Gaming takes a look at some facts, secrets and Easter eggs surrounding The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for the Game Boy Color and Nintendo Switch.

Jeremy Parish's Game Boy Works Color #7 - The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

We have yet another early Game Boy Color release that got its start in monochrome—but this one's a little different. Rather than appearing as a late Game Boy release and hastily being reworked for color, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening debuted back in 1993 and was given a comprehensive overhaul for the new handheld. While largely the same game as the original release, with few visual or mechanical changes outside of a more vivid palette, Link's Awakening DX does add new material to Nintendo's handheld classic: A new bonus dungeon, some new gear, and Game Boy Printer support. It ultimately amounts to a minor upgrade, yes, but the base game was so strong that it didn't need much in the way of an overhaul. Here, as on Game Boy, it's a genuine classic.

Check out this Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening "Ballad of the Wind Fish" cover

The Ballad of the Wind Fish is a key tune in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. I'm sure most of you know that already, and plenty more will find out come next week! While we all wait for Link's Awakening to finally make its way over to Switch, why not enjoy this wonderful cover of the tune by GLASYS and Maiah Wynne!

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - Another Game Boy Vs. Switch comparison

By now, you should have a pretty good idea of what The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening looks like visually. Still, if you're in the mood for another comparison between the Switch version and the original, you can check out the gameplay comparison above.

French commercial for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening plays up the nostalgia

Ah, the good old days

Nintendo France has already shared two commercials for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, but the third is aimed squarely at the older gamers out there. If you played Link's Awakening on the Game Boy back in the day, this commercial should really resonate with you!

Jeremy Parish's Game Boy Works #114 - Go! Go! Tank & Aretha retrospective

Two more Game Boy classics

Next on the Game Boy agenda is an odd little puzzler with loads of personality, a great central hook, and some of the most frustrating gameplay imaginable. Go! Go! Tank flies a little too close to the sun, which maybe explains why you have to keep nudging your stupid little airplane down constantly. Also in this episode: A frustrating, grind-intensive role-playing game in which it's entirely possible to lock yourself into an unwinnable state after dozens of hours of play. Fun!

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - another graphical comparison


The bad guy of Super Mario Bros. 2 finally makes his return! Join us as we compare new images from the official Japanese Link's Awakening website; including Wart, Animal Village, Crazy Tracy, and even more!

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - Shy Guy and Boo comparison

Footage for Shy Guy and Boo in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening was shared by Nintendo recently. Let's see how that footage compares to the original Link's Awakening on Game Boy!

IGN Video - 30 Years of Gameboy History in 5 Minutes

Brian Altano walks us through the history of Nintendo's Gameboy, which just turned 30 years old this year. We also learn about the normalization of gaming via Tetris, how people in ancient times transported their gameboys, and why Brian was bullied as a boy.

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