Which The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Trailer Is the Most Horrifying?

Link's dreamiest adventure sure had some odd ads back in the 90's -- but which one is the worst?

By Max Roberts

February 18, 2019

Just last week Nintendo announced that they are remaking The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for the Nintendo Switch. With the hype building into a fever dream state, fans are digging up old promotional material for the original game on Game Boy. Some ads may have been better left alone though.

Sparked by a reddit post digging up the Japanese ad for the game, we have gone ahead and found the US and UK ads for the game as well. It’s equally interesting and horrifying to see the marketing tactics in each region. Each goes for a different feel and shows varying amounts of actual gameplay. Check each one out below and vote in our poll to decide which one is the most horrifying to watch today!

The Japanese Puppet Ad for The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

The Japanese commercial that inspired this whole article sure is something. Featuring only two seconds of gameplay, the rest of the ad’s air time is dedicated to puppets appearing to set up the plot of Link’s Awakening. I actually like the puppets, but our Editor-in-Chief Lou is terrified of them. I think the ad reflects the cheery, dream-like nature the game kicks off with, which is cool to see as I play through the DX version on my 3DS.

The UK Rik Mayall Ad for The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Across the pond, Link’s Awakening got an ad that sold the angle that rich, successful, suave folks played Link’s Awakening. With three seconds of gameplay, mostly just the opening cutscene, this ad featured English comedian and actor Rik Mayall. I love the way his shirt is unbuttoned, how he calls Link a “medieval elf,” and just smashes that D-pad during the cutscene. Maybe the next time I am Rik Mayall, I’ll play Link’s Awakening.

The US Rap Ad for The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

It may not be first rap the Zelda series ever had, but Link’s Awakening was advertised in the US with a fire beat. Gameplay is projected on the walls throughout the whole commercial, but it’s hard to ever get a solid look at what’s going on. You have to be smart, have heart, and be a “the man” to take on Link’s first handheld adventure here in America. I wonder when the Zelda mixtape is going to drop on SoundCloud…

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Remake Reveal for The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

And now we have arrived at 2019. While not a television ad, the reveal trailer for the Switch remake of Link’s Awakening features just shy of 30 seconds of gameplay. That’s nearly the length of each individual ad above. No celebrities, raps, or puppets to sell the good people of Earth on this adorable remake. The footage shown is nearly 1:1 for the original game, which you can see in this video comparison. As someone who is diving into the game for the first time right now, this remake looks as faithful as one could hope for.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will be coming to Nintendo Switch exclusively sometime in 2019. If you are interested in dipping into the source material (which is arguably the best Zelda game), you can pick up the title on Nintendo 3DS via Amazon.

So which commercial is the most horrifying to you? You can go vote in our poll to help the world decide which ad should be remembered and which should have been forgotten!

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Max Roberts

Max Roberts is a Staff Writer at DualShockers located out of Orlando. When he's not buying Shovel Knight for the umpteenth time, he is probably tweeting about how DOOM was too long or how Uncharted 4 is the best.

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