The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is coming to the Nintendo Switch this year

Among the many announcements of today's Nintendo Direct was a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for the Nintendo Switch. The title was first launched all the way back in 1993 on the GameBoy, with an improved version later released for the GameBoy Color.

This is the first time the game will be rendered in full color and in HD, as well as with 3D models instead of 2D sprites. The remake seems to adopt a very cartoon-ish look for the world and characters, so you won't be getting the most stunning visuals the Switch can provide, but it suits the play style of the game.

Much like the original, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is played mostly in a 2D perspective with a top-down view of the world, with some side-scrolling sections as well. You won't be seeing the same kind of gameplay as in Breath of the Wild, and this kind of title typically belonged on Nintendo's handheld consoles, but with the 3DS dying down, it seems that the Switch will be the place for both 3D and 2D Zelda titles.

The plot of the game starts with Link, the main character of the franchise, washing up on a beach with no recollection of who he is. The game seems to feature a crossover with some characters from the Mario universe, such as Chain Chomps and Goombas.

While this is one of the most exciting announcements of the presentation, Nintendo didn't provide a specific release date. The game will launch sometime this year, though, so it shouldn't be too long of a wait.

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