The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
A timeless classic arrives on 3DS in all its 2D glory.
Confession time: I'm one of those terribly snarky unbelievers who thinks Zelda wasn't really worth bothering with until Link To The Past. Burn the witch! But even if you violently disagree and wish to replace my eyes with hot toffee apples, you can't deny Link's Awakening is among the finest games ever to grace the humble Game Boy.
Of all the games unleashed to the public in the 3DS eStore last week, Link's Awakening is probably the only one you'd be willing to pay money for. Presumably Nintendo realizes this, and has elected to double the price just to make sure you're really committed to the cause.
But enough about boring pricing shenanigans. Rejoice in the fact that we're getting the 'remastered' Game Boy Color 'DX' version, rather than the 1993 original.
Its hallowed status as the 'quintessential isometric Zelda game' isn't just blethering hyperbole. Whatever your preconceptions of Game Boy titles may be, this is the game to challenge them. It's epic without being tiresome. The quests are challenging without being frustrating. If you're a particular fan of the Link To The Past formula, this is mana from heaven.
You know the drill. Explore that dungeon. Kill those baddies. Get that new ability. Go back to all those areas you couldn't previously access. Get a new quest. And so on.
The refined simplicity and near-perfect design of it all means the game hasn't dated a jot, and its wry humour still comes through almost two decades down the line.
With games like this in the canon it's possible to forgive Nintendo for some of its complacency, but only a little.
Used under license from Eurogamer.
What's Hot: Classic Zelda adventuring, humorous dialogue, enjoyable music.
What's Not: A bit pricey at $5.99.