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Link’s Awakening

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Link’s Awakening is a entertaining 2-D game and has been the first Zelda game for a hand-held console. It was released for Gameboy, and Gameboy Color. There is a varitity of cameo appearances, and the whole game seems very unique because Link- throughout the whole game, is in a dream.

The prologue. After Link defeated the evil Ganon and restored peace to the land, tranquility returned to the land. However, Link eventually urged to go on another adventure, so he decided to sail the seas. Though on his way, Link encounters a perilous storm. Eventually lightning strikes his ship and Link goes unconscious. He soon awakes in a normal, common household. He soon sees that a strange orange-haired girl was looking over him. At one point, Link asks if she is Zelda, but she disagrees and says her name is Marin. After Link gets up, Tarin (which is a middle-aged man in the room. Counter-part of Talon) says to Link that he knew his name. How he knew, because Link’s name was engraved on his shield, and he gave Link back his shield. With a little hike, Link can navigate through the beach and grab his sword. A mysterious owl flys over, and tells him that he is in a dream, and the only way out was to wake the Wind Fish, which is inside a giant pink polka-dotted egg on top of Tal Tal Mountain. Link would have to find the Eight Instruments of the Siren to wake the Wind Fish. Can Link leave his dream?

Thievery and Photographs. In Link’s Awakening, in the tranquil village of Koholint Island, there is a shop owner which over-prices every item he gets in stock. For example, in the game, you do not need this item, but as you fight a bird-like boss in a later dungeon, Arrows make the battle slightly less intimidating, and gives you the edge. Except the only place to obtain the Arrows is at the Koholint Shop – priced at 980 Rupees! Now there’s a frustrating way to get it, to save up 980 actual Rupees and pay its respected owner, or, you can pick up the item in his shop and attempt to leave with it whilst he’s turning his head in a different direction. You can pick up tempting items like the Arrows and the Deluxe Shovel, and leave with the item without having to pay a single Rupee! However, there’s a very cruel downside to this. Everyone in Koholint Village, calls you “Thief” including Marin! And if you saved the game after you did it, the only way out is to face the shop owner himself. When you face your own treachery, he shoots a beam and electrocutes you and effectively kills you. So, maybe tempting zeal can lead to bitter fortune, eh? That’s your decision to make.

Another fun sidequest to do is to meet the Camera Man! He lives in the Camera Shop next to Tal Tal Mountain. Your first visit to him is with Link at one point, asking him to have his picture taken. There’s an option of “Yes” or “No”. Depending on which answer you pick, your first Photo will turn out differently. If you select Yes and agree that you want your picture taken, Link poses while holding up two fingers. But, if you pick No and disagree, Link looks embarrassed on the Photo. There’s your first Photo, but, throughout the whole game, the Camera Man takes your picture in various plot events. Which means you can expect him to take your picture whenever!

Cameo Appearances. Whether it be items, friends, or enemies, there is a large amount of cameos that appear in Link’s Awakening. In the Trendy Game shop in Koholint Village, one of the prices you can get is a Yoshi Doll, from the Mario/Yoshi series. It turns out the Yoshi Doll can really be used in the Trade-Quest. “Bow-wow”, also in Koholint Village, is the ideal form of a Chain-Chomp from the Mario Bros. series. You need Bow-wow to get inside the second dungeon, Bottle Grotto. In a house north of the Mysterious Woods, “Write” makes his appearance from Sim-City. Though his real name is “Dr. Write”. In various Dungeons, there are enemies from the Mario Bros. series. Such as Goombas, Cheep-Cheeps, Shy-Guys, and Piranha Plants. Goombas are simple enemies that walk left to right, but if you use the Roc’s Feather and jump on them, they’ll squish down like in the original Mario Bros., and drop a heart instead of common Rupees. Cheep-Cheeps are easily found in water-like locations, and can even be caught if you play the Fishing Game north of Koholint Village! Shy-Guys walk in the opposite direction you walk in- making them formidable foes. The only way to beat them is to go back-to-back with them and slash them with the Spin-Attack. And last but not least, the Piranha Plants are in tunnels inside Dungeons, and pop out of pipes as they would regularly in the original Mario Bros.! Though The Legend of Zelda and Mario Bros. are both made by Shigeru Miyamoto, they often spread cameos in both games. But personally, I think Link’s Awakening is the Zelda game with the most cameos.

Link’s Awakening DX. Link’s Awakening also was made a remake called Link’s Awakening DX. Everything was uncanny in play-style and graphics, except for the newly added “Color Dungeon”. The secret dungeon is actually hidden in the Graveyard and needs specific pushing to make it inside. This information, however, can be found in the Library by using the Pegasus Boots to knock a hidden book off the shelf. You cannot complete the dungeon until you at least receive Roc’s Feather and the Power Braclet. At the end of the dungeon you are given a choice. There are two tunics, one grants you more attack strength, where the other increases your defense. However, you can only pick one and both are very valuable. Their worth can be compaired to the Guardian Acorn and Piece of Power that is randomly dropped from enemies.

The Perfect Ending. In the game, Marin tells Link that she would like to be like the seagulls on the beach, so that she could fly away from Koholint Island and be free to experience new, exotic things. Well, if you manage to win the game without using one potion, or without losing once, the Perfect Ending triggers. At the end, Link wakes up from his long, adventurous dream, and is sitting on a plank that broke off his ship. He looks into the sky, and Marin’s song is playing while they show the Seagulls fly by. Marin, is that Marin? Was her wish granted? Could she finally fly away into freedom? That’s a question I can’t answer. All I know, is that is most likely is Marin. Free at last…

Thank you for your patience and I thank you for reading this post. For next week I have a Mario post planned. But that isn’t 100% guarantied. Well, until next time!

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  1. March 18, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    good article. i think if i played ide steal the bow and arrows 😛 weird with the enemies too

  2. Dancing Pianta
    March 18, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Wow, pretty good! I wonder why the color dungeon was in the graveyard…? Kind of spookey 00 .

  3. March 18, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    I’ll say. Especially when I couldn’t find my way around, and ended up fighting unlimited zombie enemies. I do not recall how exactly I opened that stone. Oh, did you know that there are only 12 Heart Pieces in the entire game? You get 14 Hearts for your life gauge in all! It is convenient, I wish all Zelda games had 14 hearts, instead of a over exaggerating 20.

  4. squirmyloach
    March 20, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    yeah.. ide like that too. i liked all the mario comeos in that game 😆

  5. linkfan
    March 20, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    awesome game ^^ LA DX came out 5 years later, along with OoT. That’s the longest wait period we’ve ever seen for a preceeding Zelda game o_o

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