Today during Gamescom 2019, Nintendo released a brand-new gameplay showcase for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch. The remake of the 26 year old Game Boy game is painted in a fantastically cute aesthetic, looking almost like a tiny Zelda diorama. During the showcase video, the team at Nintendo Europe showed off some of the new changes.
First up, there's a brand-new map screen, which is super detailed. It shows actual landmarks and you can zoom in to give you the gist of each location. Players can also mark the map up with a series of icons, much like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
The video also highlights Dampe's Shack, which contains the all-new dungeon creation feature. The dungeon creator is actually a challenge mode, where you're given an objective and have to craft a dungeon to complete that objective. In the video, the objective is Key Hunter, requiring a certain number of keys to unlock a central chamber, which players have to build their dungeon around.
The number of rooms available for your dungeon creations is dependent on how far you are in the game; completing more dungeons unlocks more rooms. This prevents you from building dungeons you can't complete because you lack the items. According to the hosts, the dungeon creator adapts by doing things like putting the Nightmare boss key in the last treasure chest you open. It's just a way to provide longevity for what's actually a pretty short game.
There's also a whole new orchestrated soundtrack, bringing some classic Link's Awakening tunes into the 21st century. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Switch is shaping up to be a fantastic remake. We wish it included the Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons games, but we'll take what we can get.
We took a look at Link's Awakening back during E3 2019 and found a game that offered some familiar dialog, while switching a snazzy and smooth scrolling camera. A previous demo from from Nintendo showed off some news areas, and we've seen the all-new redone opening to the game. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is coming to Nintendo Switch on September 20, 2019.