When the Game Boy first came out in 1989, it was home to many short, pick-up-and-play games. While games like Tetris, Super Mario Land, and Kirby’s Adventure could be replayed on higher difficulties, completing them didn’t take very long at all. As such, the Game Boy needed a game that was expansive. A game that was robust. A game that could finally occupy that long car trip.
Of course, what the Game Boy needed was its own Legend of Zelda game. And Nintendo had it all planned out. Two years after A Link to the Past, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was released. As the first Zelda game on a handheld, it had a lot to live up to. Could it recreate the magic of the console games? We’ll find out after the break.