Link’s Awakening

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Link’s Awakening is the first Zelda game to be released for the Gameboy. The graphics and sound quality is pretty good for a Gameboy game. Link’s Awakening was released in 1993.

Story

Though Link fulfilled the Hyrulian prophecy of the Legendary Hero and destroyed the evil tyrant Ganon, the land of Hyrule enjoyed only a precarious peace. “Who knows what threats may arise from Ganon’s ashes?” the restless people murmured as they knitted their brows and shook their heads. Ever vigilant, Link decided to journey away from Hyrule on a quest for enlightenment, in search of wisdom that would make him better able to withstand the next threat to his homeland.

Months of difficult travel passed. After a long and fruitful voyage, Link breathed deeply the sea spray from the deck of the ship that carried him home to Hyrule. But his homecoming was not to be. Suddenly a squall struck his ship, and though he valiantly fought the waves, a lightning bolt reduced his ship to splinters.

Link’s world faded to black as he sank into the darkness of the storm-tossed sea with the remains of his craft. But in the cold darkness of the deep, Link heard a comforting voice that reminded him of home. It was the voice of Princess Zelda!

“You’re going to be all right!” the voice said. “What a relief!”

Link opened his eyes to find Princess Zelda standing over him–or was it?! Actually, it turned out to be a woman named Marin. She explained that he had drifted with the wreckage of the ship to the shores of Koholint Island. This mysterious island was unique for the gigantic egg which crowned its central mountain. It was said that a mythical creature, the Wind Fish, lay asleep inside the egg.

Link set out in search of his sword and other gear that might have washed up on the beach. As he stood in the surf with his recovered sword, a strange owl suddenly appeared and hooted this riddle:

“Awaken the Wind Fish and all will be answered.”

“What is the Wind Fish?” Link wondered… And what did its awakening portend? Link’s most mysterious adventure yet, following the riddle of the Wind Fish through the uncharted island of Koholint, is about to unfold.