The Link's Awakening Remake for Switch Was Teased Three Years Ago and No One Noticed

The Link's Awakening Remake for Switch Was Teased Three Years Ago and No One Noticed

Eiji Aonuma is slick, like a thief in the night.

The upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remake was revealed last winter, but it turns out Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma hinted about the game's existence as far back as 2016. Get ready to put your hands on your hips and shake your head at Aonuma while declaring "Oh you!"

"Nintendo has been telling me to create a new IP. But then, they're also telling me to make more Zelda games," Aonuma told Edge magazine during a 2016 interview about Breath of the Wild's development. "I can't really share much; I'm not sure I'm allowed to say anything. But I really like the idea of a game where I can live as a thief. That's all I'll say."

That seems like a pretty innocuous remark until you examine it under the context of Link's Awakening. See, it's possible to rob from Koholint Island's shopkeeper in the game—and everyone is tempted to do so at least once, since that dude's wares don't come cheap. If you succeed in applying a five-fingered discount, the name you give yourself at the start of the game is replaced by "THIEF." Everyone calls you out, including your precious Marin. Worse, if you step inside the shop again, the shopkeeper goes Super Saiyan and blasts you with a bolt of lightning that kills you instantly. Is it worth all that physical and emotional agony just for a free shovel? (Yes.)

Edge followed up with Aonuma in the latest issue, and Aonuma confirms his "game about a thief" remark was indeed a reference to Link being bad in Link's Awakening. Bravo.

Visit our guide for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening while you wait for its September 20 release. You should also visit Nintendo's Twitter account, which has been posting more screenshots and video in anticipation for the big day. Dig that Tal Tal Heights remix!

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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.

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