For the longest time, I’ve been telling people how special Link’s Awakening is. I had to explain that even though it was for the original GameBoy, it’s one of the best Zelda games Nintendo made. Similar to Super Mario Bros. 2, it was part of a dream world, but that was what made the game so distinctive. Gone were the familiar Ganon, Zelda, and Hyrule. In their place was the Wind Fish, Tarin, and Koholint. Link wasn’t collecting triforce pieces, but special musical instruments so he can awaken the Wind Fish. Enemies from the Mario games made cameos, the humor was tongue-in-cheek and very self-aware, and there was fishing too. This iteration of the legend was partly inspired by Twin Peaks and “had quite an influence over subsequent Zelda games” according to the developers. The game had challenged what a Zelda game could be and as Eiji Aonuma stated, “If we had proceeded from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past straight to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time without The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening in between, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time would have been different.”
I was ecstatic when Nintendo announced Link’s Awakening was being remade for the Switch. The visual style was gorgeous and toy-like. The fact that it’s getting a dungeon-building feature means you can create your own sandboxes and play within them.
With the Final Fantasy VII Remake also getting a release date and having enjoyed the remakes of Duck Tales, Shadow of the Colossus, Silent Hill (in Shattered Memories) and Metroid: Samus Returns, I got to wondering, what other games would it be cool to see remade? I don’t mean just remastered and re-released, but actually getting an entirely version of the game using current technology and building on what made the original games so good. Off the top of my head, a bunch of games came to mind; Brave Fencer Musashi, Crystalis, Sword of Vermilion, Snatcher, the original The Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Dragoon, Suikoden II, and so many more.
So Kotaku, what game would you most like to see remade?
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Alienware’s previous-generation m17 gaming laptop is usually $1,999.99, but it’s steeply discounted right now from Dell. This 17-inch model houses Intel’s 9th Gen i7 processor (the hexa-core 9750H with a base clock speed of 2.6GHz and a maximum clock speed of 4.5GHz) and Nvidia’s midrange RTX 2060 graphics chip. It also comes with 16GB of DDR4 RAM installed and a fast 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD. One note about the RAM: you can add more if you’d like, unlike the m17 R2 model released in May 2019 that has RAM soldered to the board.
There are a few more reasons to consider this model if you’re looking for a gaming laptop. Its 17-inch QHD (1560 x 1440) display has a 120Hz refresh rate, which means the games that can run smoothly on this machine will look even better than they would on a standard 60Hz monitor.
To snag this laptop, add it to your cart without making any adjustments to the configuration. Then, at checkout, enter the offer code AFF700OFFAW to see the price drop to $1,299.99.
Fitbit’s Inspire HR fitness tracker is down to $69.99 at Amazon. Usually priced at $99.99, this device offers around five days of battery life before it needs to be charged. Its display offers a minimal user interface (according to The Verge’s Natt Garun in her review, it leaves a lot to be desired vis-à-vis notifications), and its lightweight and discreet design could make it a good fit for you.
You can still save an extra 20 percent on select used and refurbished products sold through Amazon Warehouse. We wrote about this deal last week, but Microsoft Xbox One controllers, smartwatches, and other gadgets are now cheaper than usual. No offer code is necessary; just add one of the listed items to your cart, and the discount will be reflected at checkout.