At the latest Nintendo Direct, the company officially announced that a remake of the beloved Game Boy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was currently in development for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo teased that this new take on Link’s Awakening would see the popular title “reborn as a new experience.”
A short teaser trailer was also released, featuring an animation of Link battling a storm before being shipwrecked and washing up on the bizarre Koholint Island while the original Link’s Awakening‘s distinct rendition of the classic Zelda theme song plays.
Fans can also see a few familiar locations from the Island, which have been reconstructed in a way that harkens back to A Link Between Worlds (the 2013 3DS follow-up to 1991’s A Link to the Past.)
Additionally, while the trailer does not specify an actual release date, it does confirm that the Link’s Awakening remake will be available sometime this year, with a golden “2019” being displayed at the end of the video against a black screen while the classic tune “Ballad of the Wind Fish” can be heard.
Link’s Awakening was first released for the Nintendo Game Boy in 1993 as the fourth installment in the Legend of Zelda series. An updated version featuring color graphics and Game Boy Printer compatibility titled Link’s Awakening DX was then released for the Game Boy Color in 1998.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is currently in development for Nintendo Switch. The game is expected to be released sometime in 2019.