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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has announced the finalists for its 23rd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards. The D.I.C.E. Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in video game development with categories focusing on character and story as well as the technical side.

Quite a few Switch games have been nominated, including Untitled Goose Game for “Outstanding Achievement in Character” and Luigi’s Mansion 3 for “Outstanding Achievement in Animation.” The D.I.C.E. Awards also announce Game of the Year categories and both Luigi’s Mansion 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening are nominated for “Adventure Game of the Year.”

More Switch games make the list, so make sure to check the full catalog below.

The Switch Lite launched with a pretty substantial game. Alongside the new hardware was The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, a remake of the Game Boy classic.

During the Q&A session of Nintendo’s latest financial results briefing, president Shuntaro Furukawa said “many” buyers picked up Link’s Awakening alongside the Switch Lite. Although sales have been high from core gamers, it’s expected that this could change as the consumer base expands.

Nintendo is continuing its “My Way” commercial series for Switch, this time featuring Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Luigi’s Mansion 3. Check it out below.

Nintendo and Grezzo have prepared a new update for The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening on Switch. Version 1.0.1 is live for all players, and addresses one particularly troublesome bug.

Below are the official patch notes:

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening on Switch has a unique art style that really hasn’t been seen in the series previously. So how did that new look come about in the first place? Hollywood Reporter spoke with franchise producer Eiji Aonuma to learn more.

Aonuma was first asked specifically about the inspiration behind the new art style. In response, he said:

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was remade for Switch many years after it debuted on the Game Boy. Rather than re-releasing the game as it was, Nintendo and Grezzo opted for a new art style.

Graphic refining director Yoshiki Haruhana spoke about reimagining the visuals of Link’s Awakening in a new blog piece. He shared the following:

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening had a strong debut in Europe, as Nintendo has said that the game sold 430,000 copies in its first three days. To put it another way, that’s over 100 games sold per minute.

As previously reported, Zelda: Link’s Awakening is the fastest-selling Switch game in Europe this year. We also know that it sold around 150,000 copies sold in its first week in Japan.

Source: Nintendo PR

We previously heard that The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was the fastest-selling Switch game in the UK of 2019 to date. The same can now be said for Europe as a whole. Nintendo itself confirmed the news on Twitter today.

Nintendo has not yet shared information about the performance of Zelda: Link’s Awakening in North America. However, we do know that it opened with around 150,000 copies sold in its first week in Japan.


The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening sold around 140,000 copies in its first week in Japan. According to Dengeki, the game sold through 60 percent of its initial shipment.

Dengeki examined the game’s sales closer by comparing the debut of Link’s Awakening to Breath of the Wild. The latter Zelda title sold 204,000 copies in its first week before going on to sell over 1.22 million units overall (and counting). Like that game, Link’s Awakening could maintain long-term sales.


Nintendo has shared a new Zelda: Link’s Awakening blog post from Ryo Nagamatsu, one of the game’s composers. Aside from commenting on why the team didn’t opt for orchestrated music this time around, we get to hear about how the title theme track was created – including a couple of versions that were scrapped.

Here’s the full blog: