The Legend Of Zelda: Links Awakening Dx
Five years ago, Nintendo released what is probably still to this day the best Game Boy game ever made, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. The little 4-Meg wonder's popularity nearly exceeded that of its Super NES predecessor, A Link to the Past, despite the fact that it was on the small screen and devoid of any color.
Now that Zelda: Ocarina of Time is out for the N64, the Game Boy classic is re-entering the market after a long slumber, with one major enhancement--it's finally in full color.
The GB Color version of Link's Awakening (Link's Awakening DX, which stands for "Deluxe") is out now, and we're pleased to report that the switch to color isn't the only improvement Nintendo made to the game. Besides some minor tweaks to the subscreen (like the addition of a Heart Container grid), there are two new items and an entirely new dungeon that weren't in the original. The new items are a Blue Tunic and a Red Tunic, which, similar to the Blue and Red Rings in the first Zelda, cut down the amount of damage Link takes.
As for the new dungeon, all we know is that it's hidden deep within the island of Koholint, and it has color-based puzzles. We haven't seen this dungeon yet, since the game just arrived about a day before our deadline for this issue, but you can check out some pics of it right here on this page, courtesy of Nintendo.
In addition to all of this, Link's Awakening DX also has a new photo album feature. Throughout the game, there are 12 special locations where you can collect pictures that can be taken to the new Camera Shop to be viewed. Even better, if you have a Game Boy Printer, you can print out your pictures! Sure, it's not exactly mind-blowing, but it's a nice enhancement to an already fantastic game.
Even though Link's Awakening DX is optimized for Game Boy Color, it'll still work on old Game Boys. But to be honest, you'd be missing out. If you don't have a Game Boy Color, this is certainly the best reason yet to go out and get one. We'll be back with the Review Crew's thoughts on Link's latest adventure next month.