The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
Game Boy
Game info
System: Game Boy
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
Save: Battery
Memory size: 4 megabits
SRAM size: 64 kilobits
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening screen shot
Release info
[USA] The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
Date: 8/??/1993 Catalog #: DMG-ZL-USA  
[Japan] ゼルダの伝説 夢をみる島
(Zelda no Densetsu: Yume o Miru Shima)
Date: 6/6/1993 Catalog #: DMG-ZL-JPN  
[Europe] The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
Date: 11/18/1993  
Cameo appearances and references

Link encounters many characters and hazards from the Mario series during his quest.


At the beginning of the game, you meet Tarin, who is based on Mario. According to the Link's Awakening manual, Tarin "loves mushrooms and often goes to the forest in search of some for his dinner." Also, the raccoon in the forest turns out to be Tarin. When he's back to normal, he says the last thing he remembers was biting into a toadstool.


The henhouse keeper living in Tal Tal Mountains resembles Luigi.


The Yoshi Doll that you can win in the Trendy Game starts a trading sidequest.

Chain Chomp

The friendly Chain Chomp is known as "BowWow," which is a direct translation of his Japanese name, "WanWan." BowWow's owner also has two small Chomps as pets.

Princess Peach

The goat's letter that you give to Mr. Write comes with a photo of Princess Peach (although the name at the bottom says "Christine").


Wart is known by his Japanese name, "Mamu." Mamu helps you out by teaching you The Frog's Song of Soul.


Some side-scrolling areas have stone Bowser heads that you can shoot your Hook Shot into.


  • Boo
  • Bloober
  • Cheep-Cheep
  • Goomba
  • Piranha Plant
  • Podoboo
  • Pokey
  • Shy Guy (known as "Mask-Mimic")
  • Thwomp

Link's Awakening also introduces two Thwomp variants called Mega Thwomp and Spiked Thwomp.

For screenshots, please see our The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX game page.

Thanks: Eclipsed Moon
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