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access_time February 13, 2019 at 11:59 PM in Nintendo by David Poole

Is The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Worth $60?

Earlier today, Nintendo pulled a wonderful surprise out from under their magical hat during their Nintendo Direct. A remake of the fantastic The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was announced for the Nintendo Switch. Showing a trailer that recreated the opening moments of the game in a beautiful art style, the trailer then showed the tried and true gameplay fans of the Game Boy classic would remember. Using a new art style, the game still uses the same perspective, but with high definition 3D graphics. The island of Koholint, the music, the side-scrolling sections, it was all there. Best yet, it’s coming this year!

Now that’s all awesome and everything, as Link’s Awakening is one of my absolute favorite The Legend of Zelda titles. As great as it is to see this announcement, there was one underlying question. This being a Nintendo published title for the Switch, how much is it going to cost? The original Game Boy title was about $44.99 back in 1993. As a full console remake, it would likely be more expensive, but by how much? Well if a recent Best Buy listing is to be believed, it looks to be set at $59.99 MSRP.

Link’s Awakening is a truly magical game, but is it worth full console price? Even now, Link’s Awakening DX can be purchased for $5.99 on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Well worth that price, but it’s also a retro game. This new Switch remake is being made from the ground up, with what appears to be an all new engine. Despite this, it does look like it would have a much smaller budget than say The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. So what would push this title to be worth the same asking price?

Nintendo may have a tendency to port a lot of Wii U titles to Switch, but they’ve stated that they don’t do it unless they can add something new. What about for a full blown remake? Nothing shown in the trailer implies new content to this game. So far, all we can see is a fresh coat of paint. Maybe it would have amiibo support, but even if it was cool, that shouldn’t justify a price jump. Maybe if it included an amiibo like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, then $59.99 might make more sense.

As likely as an amiibo bundle can be, there are definitely other possibilities. Perhaps the game will include a new dungeon or two? Or it might even have a challenge dungeon, much like Twilight Princess’ Cave of Ordeals. The original Game Boy adventure was pretty short, so extra content to increase the length would be welcome. Perhaps a multiplayer mode, similar to Four Swords Adventures or Tri-Force Heroes would justify the price?

If it were up to me, I would’ve used this engine to remake Capcom’s classic Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages games, packaging all three together. Averaging out to $20 each, it would be well worth $59.99 for that package. If Link’s Awakening is successful, it’s likely that they’ll reuse this engine to remake those games too. Regardless, it’s still quite a conundrum as to what might make Link’s Awakening worth that price on its own.

Nintendo has a history of raising the initial price on ports, so it wouldn’t be too unusual. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze launched on the Wii U at $49.99, but it was $59.99 when it launched on the Switch. The same could be said with New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, as it launched at a full $59.99 MSRP as well. Both of those games became Nintendo Selects titles on the Wii U and dropped down to $19.99 MSRP. As usual of a practice this is, this is a pretty bold move on their part.

Nintendo has a certain pride to their games, and they have pretty high standards. If they set Link’s Awakening up to be at this price, there has to be a reason behind it. Only time will tell, as the game has only just been announced. What do you guys think? Is Link’s Awakening worth $60 to you? Let us know in the comments and let us hear your theories on what might justify the price.

Comments:

  • Lance Carter February 14, 2019 at 12:17 AM

    I think their love of the $59.99 price tag is to much. They will get the die hard lover of everything Zelda, but for a person that enjoys the game for what it is…I think $39.99 would have my attention. Now if they added the Minish Cap to the sale I think $60 would be fair.

    • David Poole February 14, 2019 at 12:30 AM

      Minish Cap would be great too. Honestly, all the Game Boy/Game Boy Advance Zelda titles are amazing.

  • Kalee Daliza February 14, 2019 at 8:27 AM

    I hope they make 3D Minish cap. Have you guys heard, they made a 2D version of ocarina of time AWESOME RIGHT!

  • J February 15, 2019 at 7:33 AM

    So what if this Zelda was a new story and it wasn’t a remake? Then would you be asking this price question? I do find it funny that most people who are bitching don’t even own a switch and wouldn’t play if it’s it was free.

  • Big Bobby February 15, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    But this has been going on for years. Look at CAPCOM with Resident Evil, it goes beyond belief. $60 a game, it’s only idiots who keep paying it. Although in all fairness, Link’s Awakening has by no means been milked. On the Switch, it does look awesome, but not at full price. Will other Zelda games follow? Probably. Minish Cap is the best 2D Zelda out there. Nintendo doesn’t seem to churn out new franchises because Nintendo fans accept old games remade. With this, blame it on Nintendo fans, not Nintendo. A new Wave Race and Stunt Race FX needs to happen. Pilotwings? It was decent on the 3DS, but it didn’t really feel and look like a Pilotwings game. Moving away from Nintendo and thinking back to the SNES days, Legend of the Mystical Ninja and Axelay deserve new games (not remakes). Mario Golf instead of Mario Tennis. Mario Golf is legendary on the GameCube. But top of the list has to be Wave Race.

  • DJSK February 15, 2019 at 1:56 PM

    Kinda of sad that more people don’t realize that this game originally launched for the Super Nintendo and the Game Boy Advance version was a rerelease. If memory serves me correctly, the original SNES version was priced at $59.99

    • David Poole February 15, 2019 at 2:27 PM

      You are thinking of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. This is Link’s Awakening, which was a Game Boy game, then it got a DX version for the Game Boy Color. Two great, but very different games.

  • Kyle April 13, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Without reading the junk comments I already know if the words (Zelda) or (Link) or (Nintendo) were not in the title the answer would be a much more honest NO!!!

    • David Poole April 14, 2019 at 11:09 PM

      People pay full price for plenty of games that aren’t quite the same quality or filled with the same amount of content of others. Consumers are a surprising bunch.

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