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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . A remake of the 1993 Game Boy game, Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX marks the first (and so far only) color 3DS Virtual Console game. Color or not, this is easily one of the best Game Boy games of all time, if not one of the best Zelda games available. Rating: 100%
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? A remake of the 1993 Game Boy game, Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX marks the first (and so far only) color 3DS Virtual Console game. Color or not, this is easily one of the best Game Boy games of all time, if not one of the best Zelda games available. Instead of adding gimmicks, Link's Awakening plays it straight. In this re-telling you play a hero who needs to find enough musical instruments to summon the Wind Fish. The colorful graphics help sell the new world of Koholint Island, a brand new world full of memorable characters and new bosses.

Does It Still Hold Up? Although it would be unrealistic to expect this 8-bit handheld to match the visual quality of A Link to the Past, I was pleasantly surprised at how close it comes. Fans of the Zelda series will recognize most of the trappings, including familiar dungeons, items, quests and more. The control is solid, making these tasks easier. Sadly the game could have used a few more buttons, something that is only more obvious when playing on the Nintendo 3DS. Still, the game is long enough to warrant the higher asking price.

Is It Worth The Money? Did I mention that the game is nearly twice as expensive as other Virtual Console titles? This 15 year old Game Boy Color title is a staggering six dollars, putting it in line with most of the PlayStation 1 games released on the PSN. The price is easier to swallow knowing that it's one of Nintendo's best Zelda sequels; however I hope this isn't a sign that all future Game Boy Color releases will be that expensive. If you aren't bored by the standard Zelda cliches, Link's Awakening is a must-buy for every 3DS owner.
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