Are any gaming fans more prone to nostalgia than Nintendo fans? The company has a rich history of iconic franchises and characters to draw from and players have grown up with them for generations now.
You can see how Nintendo tap into that nostalgia in the Smash Bros. Series. It’s not just the hefty roster of playable characters. They know players will also want to find every assist trophy and unlock every soundtrack.
Similarly, remakes of classic Nintendo games can generate just as much if not more excitement than new titles. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is up next on that front, and despite its humble origins on the tiny, black and white (or more accurately, green and dark green) screen of the Game Boy, fans hold Link’s Awakening in high esteem.
Many consider it something of a series highlight, with engrossing puzzles and endless charm transcending the Game Boy’s technical limitations.
Now it’s being remade for Nintendo Switch, but what surprises will the developers have in store for both returning players and die-hard fans alike?
10. A New Dungeon
Last time Nintendo dusted off Link’s Awakening for an upgrade and re-released it was Link’s Awakening DX for the Gameboy Colour. To take advantage of the handheld’s USP, the development team added a whole new dungeon with colour-based puzzles. That dungeon has been confirmed for the remake.
What would be even better though would be a brand new dungeon that offers something new and takes advantage of the Switch’s more advanced tech in the same way. Maybe a HD rumble dungeon could be a way to offer us some new puzzle-solving goodness alongside the nostalgia.
This is bottom of the list as with barely more than a week to go, no new dungeon has been announced or shown. That makes it something of a long shot, but you can’t blame me for hoping developers Grezzo are holding back a surprise for when the game comes out on the 20th.
Actually, if not, we’re still excited to see what they’ve done with that colour dungeon. How does a level that made a virtue of a limited colour palette make sense on a modern console? We’ll find out soon.