The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remake for the Nintendo Switch generated a big pop when it was revealed earlier this year, but then the hype seemed to settle into a quiet slumber. All that hoopla is about to awaken like a certain sleeping whale, because Link's Awakening is playable at E3 2019—and it seems people are garnering new information about the game on E3's lanyard, of all places.
Convention lanyards typically double as advertising for a product or company at the event, and this year it looks like Nintendo's co-opted the dangly accessory everyone at the show is obligated to wear around their necks. You'll find art based on Nintendo's playable games at E3 2019, including Pokemon Sword and Shield, Luigi's Mansion 3, and yes, Link's Awakening.
There's new The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening art on Nintendo's E3 lanyards this year. After tomorrow we will see Link's Awakening's remake for the first time since announced and so much more! What are you waiting for? ...besides Animal Crossing, we're all hyped for that. pic.twitter.com/VqjH1lBTC8— Dan's Nintendo Feed (@NaughtyDog4Life) June 9, 2019
The lanyard even reveals the new Link model Nintendo's using for Link's Awakening, and spoilers, it's cute as all heckin' heck. Some observant Nintendo fans on social media point out Link's small stature and worried black eyes make him look like Lucas from Mother 3. Hey, we never see Link's parents in Link's Awakening, so there's even a chance the two share having a dead mom in common (I'm sorry, I'm so sorry).
Other lanyard observations worth mentioning: The Owl looks like Kaepora Gaebora (the chatty owl from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time), and the Wind Fish's egg still slumbers at the very top of Tal-Tal Heights. The Wind Fish presumably lays within, ever-dreaming.
We'll cover everything you need to know about Link's Awakening as soon as the information is live. In fact, we've got your back through the whole show. Check out our E3 coverage round-up; it's updated as the show goes on.