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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
ゼルダの伝説 夢をみる島
Zeruda no Densetsu: Yume o Miru Shima
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Developer(s): Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Game Boy
Category: Action-adventure
Players: 1
Predecessor: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Successor: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Release dates
N. America: August, 1993
Japan: June 6, 1993
Europe: December 1, 1993
Australia: 1993
ESRB: K-A (Player's Choice)
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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is the fourth entry in The Legend of Zelda series, released in 1993 for the Game Boy, and is the first game in the series to be released for a portable console.

A Game Boy Color enhanced version of the game, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX was also released.


A Game Boy fantasy adventure like no other!

Nintendo's fantasy adventure hero, Link of Hyrule, returns in this new quest...Link's Awakening. Link's newest challenge is set on the mysterious Koholint Island, a place where dreams and reality collide. As a castaway, Link must find a way to escape from the island and return to his beloved homeland of Hyrule.

But it won't be as easy as chartering a boat. The island's inhabitants have no knowledge of the outside world. One creature, a talking Owl, may know the solution to Link's dilema, but first Link must tackle eight dungeons full of treacherous monsters and tricky traps. His goal: find the eight Instruments of the Sirens and awaken the omnipotent Wind Fish which rules the island.

Link will battle new enemies and make new friends in one of the most in-depth fantasy adventures for the Game Boy yet!

A battery-backed memory will save up to three games so you never have to start your journey empty-handed.


After defeating Ganon and saving Hyrule, Link sets out on a quest to make himself stronger by training across the world. After completing his training, Link is sailing back to Hyrule when a powerful storm breaks out, destroying his boat and knocking him out at sea.

Link washes ashore on an island, where he is found and nursed back to health by two of the locals, Marin and Tarin. When he wakes up, they explain that he is on Koholint Island. As Link sets out to retrieve his equipment, he meets an owl, who tells him that the giant egg on the top of the island's mountain contains the sleeping Wind Fish, and that only he can awaken it, as the Wind Fish is the only way Link will be able to leave the island. Thus, Link sets out on a quest to find the Instruments of the Sirens and wake up the Wind Fish.


Technical details

Technical details
Media: Game Boy Game Pak
Input / compatible controllers: Game Boy

Other releases

Title Cover art Platform Release date(s) Notes
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Game Boy (Player's Choice) 1996 A re-release of the original game, as part of the Player's Choice line of games.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX Game Boy Color JP/NA: 1998
EU/AUS: 1999
A Game Boy Color port of the original game, with color functionality and other added features.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Nintendo Switch WW: 2019 A remake of the original game.

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