The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening's Most Famous Song Now Has Soul-Shredding Lyrics

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening's Most Famous Song Now Has Soul-Shredding Lyrics

Let's be honest, you knew it wasn't going to be an uplifting ditty.

Even though it looks adorable, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening doesn't tell a carefree tale. Its setting, Koholint Island is a mysterious, ethereal place, and Link's friends and foes are big on cryptic speeches warning him that everything might vanish at the morning's light. Nintendo seizes on Koholint's mysterious nature with a new Link's Awakening remake trailer that gives us lyrics to "The Ballad of the Wind Fish." Just take whatever cheerful feelings you woke up with and throw them right in the garbage, because you won't need them anymore.

"The Ballad of the Wind Fish" is a leitmotif in Link's Awakening that's "sung" often by Marin, the girl who finds Link passed out on Koholint's shores. The Game Boy's wee sound chip couldn't supply anything as elaborate as actual vocals, so this new trailer marks the first time we've heard lyrics for Marin's song. Japan's latest trailer for Link's Awakening has its own version of the song that's (of course) in Japanese.

The spot is only 30 seconds long, so we don't get to hear the full song. The last line we hear before it cuts out is Marin pleading "stay with me." Thanks for that, Nintendo. That's great.

The Link's Awakening remake is due out for the Switch on September 20. It's a quality remake of a fantastic game, even though there are some frame rate issues. Remember to visit our Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening guides, because Koholint is packed full of heart pieces and hidden seashells, and the Eagle Tower dungeon will swallow your soul.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve,, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

In other news

The Game Awards Will Host Its 2020 Show From Three Remote Locations

Geoff Keighley's big year-end show will be broadcast from LA, London, and Tokyo.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Scalpers Who Used Bots Might Get Taken Down by Bots in Return

Those bids in the tens of thousands of dollars? They may be meant to oust the scalpers.

Naughty Dog Promises "Exciting Things" for the Newly Renamed Last of Us Day

"Outbreak Day" isn't a thing anymore, by the by.

Monster Hunter: Rise is a Switch Exclusive Launching in March 2021

The next entry in the series returns to its Nintendo roots.

Need help?

Apex Legends Vaults - Where to Find the Vaults and How to Open Them

Need to know how to find a Vault Key in Apex Legends to open one of the three vaults? We've got you covered.

Gears 5 Collectibles - How to Find All Collectible Locations

Here's our guide to the Gears 5 collectible locations, including Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, and Act 4 collectibles.

Devil May Cry 5 Devil Breakers - Devil Breaker Arm Abilities in Devil May Cry 5

Here's our complete breakdown of every Devil Breaker arm ability for Nero in Devil May Cry 5.

Sekiro Tips - How to Beat Every Boss and Survive in Sekiro Shadows Die Twice

This is our complete beginner's guide to surviving Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, including a list of essential tips and tricks.