If I had a list of games that impacted how I think about art and life, The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening would be on my list. I come back and play this game every three years or so simply because the story is absolutely stunning. I plan on writing more during my next playthrough on Cheerful Ghost, so expect more at some point.

I was never moved more by any video game ending than this one. Plenty of games brought me to thinking about life in certain ways, like Final Fantasy III and how frail humans really are. But this game sticks with me as a game that really made me feel invested in the world and I cared what happened to it. Being that the game was on the Gameboy thats saying something, then again Gameboy had some great games.


AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 02/10/2012 at 08:52am

Watching that video took me back! It's been forever since I played it. But it was so rad.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 02/10/2012 at 04:54pm

I know, it is!

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 01/24/2014 at 02:12am

From someone who grew up with a Gameboy (yes the very original), and one who got this game when it was released, I greatly appreciate this post! =) I'm not sure I have it anymore, but in recent years as I was playing through the Zelda series, I played this game again on the emulator.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 01/24/2014 at 02:22am

This game is on my list of games to play again this year. I think I am going to play it after Pokemon Blue.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 01/24/2014 at 02:31am

That's awesome, Jon! I remember my college years, I set out to play Final Fantasy VIII at least once each year. Well, that lasted a few years. The last time I played that game was pretty interesting because I now have a 50" Plasma and played the game on my PS3, although I didn't finish it. It is awesome that there are certain games that we truly cherish, that mean so much to us. You're making me think of the days when I lived in Texas and was playing this Zelda game, I really enjoyed it and I really enjoyed having a Gameboy. I wasn't fortunate enough to have a NES or SNES until I got older, the Gameboy was my system. I think my old Gameboy (along with my sister's Gameboy) may still be around here. It was such an amazing thing when it came out. I believe this Zelda game did get a remake for the Gameboy Color, maybe that's the version I played in recent years in an emulator.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 01/24/2014 at 04:48am

Yeah, this was one of those games that really stuck with me. Still does.

Have me thinking that the next time I play this one, I should play the color version. I've only played it black and white, but I heard the color version comes with an extra dungeon that has some color based puzzles.

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