The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Graphics Comparison Video is Changing My Mind

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch's art wasn't my cup of tea until this comparison video changed my mind.

February 16, 2019

Are you not entirely sold on the Nintendo Switch remaster of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening? I wasn’t either… until I saw a quick comparison of the Switch and Game Boy Color version. I’ll admit while the art is “love it or hate it,” a quick side-by-side made me appreciate how much the new version capture’s the original’s charm.

The comparison video, seen below, was generated by publication GameXplain. After a quick intro from the editorial team, they are able to match up the game nearly perfectly:

And I can’t explain why this one video reversed my stance on the title so much. On one hand, perhaps I thought the game was looking a little too cartoony in the Nintendo Switch version, but it seems I’m behind on my history. Rolling Bones from Turtle Rock has always looked that ridiculous, Goombas always were comically out of place, and the game’s cinematic intro always looked far better than the in-game graphics.

On the other hand, the more I watch The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening the more I realize it is exactly what I want: a top-down Zelda game for the Nintendo Switch. I’m more than willing to bite the bullet on a remaster if it means we see more of this down the line.

If you missed the news last week, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remastered was revealed on the latest Nintendo Direct. Coming exclusively to Switch sometime in 2019, the less-than-two-minute trailer gives a quick overview of the game:

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However, it also came with some healthy backlash — many people (myself included) weren’t instantly fond on the new 2.5D artstyle and interpretation of the game. In fact, there was so much discussion on the topic that Bill Trinen, Nintendo’s Senior Product Marketing Manager, went as far as making a statement that he “absolutely adores” the new aesthetic.

Sure, I may not be there yet, but I’m getting closer to it. Perhaps this is the Nintendo Switch’s Wind Waker and we will be clamoring for successors for years to come.

Regardless, 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.

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Lou Contaldi

Lou Contaldi specializes in both reviews and the business behind gaming. He began writing about tech and video games while getting his Juris Doctor at Hofstra University School of Law. He is maybe the only gaming journo based in Nashville, TN.

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