The Nintendo Direct this morning promised over 35 minutes of Switch games, and it did not disappoint, with announcements and release dates for a few anticipated titles. One thing nobody was really expecting was the announcement of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening getting a remake on the Switch, coming in 2019.
Originally released on the Game Boy in 1993, Link’s Awakening is considered by many to be one of the best Zelda games of all time. In the reveal trailer that finished the Direct, Nintendo showed a recreated version of the Game Boy opening cut-scene of the game, seeing Link wash ashore on Koholint Island after a storm destroys his boat.
Some gameplay was shown, featuring a shiny new art style, that includes full 3D animation while keeping the top-down camera that will be familiar for fans. It has a cartoon-esque charm to the way the game looks, but looks to be a fantastic opportunity for fans to revisit the game almost thirty years later, while giving younger gamers the opportunity to play a classic for the first time with modern sensibilities.
No further details were given, but we look forward to seeing more from The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake before it launches sometime in 2019.