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Drop everything and watch 30 minutes of Zelda: Link's Awakening gameplay footage

Nintendo has given us an extended look at the gameplay in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, a remake of the 1993 Gameboy title of the same name. It's the longest bit of footage we've gotten yet, and it gives us a great idea of what to expect when the game drops on September 20. 

If you're unaware of Link's Awakening, just know that it's like no other Zelda game - it exists on its own, in a quirky little world halfway between Hyrule and the Mario universe. The new footage, which debuted at Gamescom, gives us an in-depth look at the dungeon creator, including a few mini-boss battles that may feel like déjà vu for anyone who played the original title. Link's Awakening famously included cameos from Mario characters like Bomb-Ombs, Chain Chomps, Shy Guys, and a cameo from a character known as Anti-Kirby. The gameplay revealed at Gamescom is vibrant and adorable, and by all accounts, seems to be a loyal remake.

Producer Eiji Aonuma vaguely teased (opens in new tab) a Link's Awakening remake back in a 2016 interview with Edge Magazine, saying "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.” Oh Aonuma, you wily man, you. 

Link's Awakening will be available for the Nintendo Switch on September 20.

For more games to keep you occupied on transatlantic flights or crowded subways, check out our list of upcoming Nintendo Switch games (opens in new tab) for 2019.

Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.