During a Nintendo Direct that took place this February, Nintendo officially revealed that a full-blown remake of the The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening would be coming to Switch later in the year. Now, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening release date has nearly arrived, and many players are certain to be wondering if they should take the plunge and pick it up. For some, the length of the game may inform this decision, which may leave them wondering exactly how long it takes to beat The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.
How Long Does it Take to Beat The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The original The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, which released on GameBoy in 1993, has an average completion time of 15 hours according to data collecting website How Long to Beat. So too, the colorized version of the title, known as The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, has a nearly identical completion time, clocking in at 14.5 hours. As such, fans can expect the LoZ: Link's Awakening remake to take a similar amount of time to beat, and early reviews suggest that is the case.
Indeed, there are a number of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening reviews, coming from sources such as VentureBeat, RPGSite, and Nintendo World, that pin its length at around 15 hours. Other websites, such as Kotaku and Wccftech, suggest that it might take slightly less time to beat TLoZ: LA, indicating that the remake's main story can be finished in around 8-10 hours.
Certainly, the amount of time that it takes to beat the Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remake will depend on how familiar a player is with the title. Beyond the upgraded visuals and QoL improvements, little from the 1993 original has been changed for the remake. Thus, fans that have reached the end of Link's Awakening before will likely finish the game at a time close to the lower end of the aforementioned spectrum, while newcomers are likely to get more time out of the title.
All of this said, the Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening's Chamber Dungeons can hypothetically provide endless hours of gameplay. As such, fans that find a lot to love in this new game mode may find that they can get a great deal of mileage out of the remake.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening will release on September 20, 2019, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.