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Link's Awakening Redux

Hack of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX


Link’s Awakening Redux is a hack that commemorates the release of the Link’s Awakening Remake, combining three of the most essential improvement hacks out there, and also implementing full uncensorship for Link’s Awakening DX to make the experience of the game much more enjoyable and without the annoyances of the original.

So what does this hack do specifically?

  • Sprite and text uncensoring by ShadowOne333:
    • Sprites that were censored from the Japanese release have been restored
    • Text previously censored and related to the censored sprites has been restored as well
    • Optional: Restore the low health beeping sound. This patch has two variants, one for Normal Redux, and one for when Font Improvement is used. Please, give the ReadMe a good in-depth read to apply each one properly
  • Link’s Awakening DX VWF by toruzz:
    • Introduces a Variable Width Font (VWF) that makes the text much more readable
    • All the text is adapted to fit the space freed by the new font
    • Removes the spaces at the end of the player’s name (if any) and fixes a couple of typos from the original game
  • Photo Album Translation by vince94:
    • Translation of the previously-untranslated Japanese present in the Photo Album
    • Optional: Remove the Photo Album overlays, to have a clean image of each photograph
  • Quality of Life Improvements by IcePenguin:
    • No more text when you touch certain objects. Rocks, cracked rocks, pots, ice blocks, etc.
    • Guardian Acorns and Pieces of Power are quick pickups. No more long text interrupting game play
    • No more low health beeping
    • Optional: Remove the THIEF photo punishment, meaning that you won’t get your character named THIEF for obtaining the thief photo. The Death counter won’t go up when the shopkeeper kills you for that pic as well
  • Font Improvement (Optional): by Tzepish:
    • Removes VWF hack
    • Makes the font in Zelda - Link’s Awakening DX much more readable
    • Replaced the always-italics font from the original game with one that closely resembles the font used in the Zelda Oracles series

NOTE: Do NOT combine the main Redux patch with the Font Improvement patch! Only use one OR the other, not both! Once you select one, choose your optional patches accordingly. If you used/patched the main Redux IPS, ignore the entirety of the Font Improvement folder and the optional patches that say “(Font Improvement ONLY)”. If you do choose Font Improvement, then only use the patches included inside the same Font Improvement folder!

ROM / ISO Information:

  • File Name: Legend of Zelda, The - Link's Awakening DX (U) (V1.2) [C][!]
  • No-Intro Name: Legend of Zelda, The - Link's Awakening DX (USA, Europe) (Rev B) (SGB Enhanced)
  • (No-Intro version 20130730-054825)
  • CRC32: 06887A34
  • MD5: 7351DAA3C0A91D8F6FE2FBCCA6182478
  • SHA-1: 1C091225688D966928CC74336DBEF2E07D12A47C



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ContributorType of contributionListed credit
toruzzOriginal HackingLink's Awakening DX VWF
the_icepenguinOriginal HackingLink's Awakening DX QoL Improvementss
vince94Original HackingLink's Awakening DX Photo Album Translation
TzepishOriginal HackingFont Improvement optional patch
ShadowOne333HackingSprite and text uncensoring
JayroHackingScript and header fixes

User Review Information

Perfect for replays, good for first timers

Reviewed By: ElwinBran on 03 Jun 2023

As I write this review, I have just finished Link’s Awakening for the first time, using this patch for the most part. I played up to the second dungeon without the patch, then proceeded to play using the patch. The text is nicer compared to the original and the removal of the text message on objects is great. Being able to select the save button combination is a nice bonus.

Overall, this is a perfect quality of life hack for this old masterpiece. That said, as a first time player, I got confused a couple of times - to the point of needing help - because I did not recognize what I was supposed to do with certain objects. In particular, the rocks that can be broken with the Pegasus Boots were confusing. Without the hack, or when you played the game before, I imagine this would not have been an issue.

I did encounter a minor glitch later in the game, which did not meaningfully impact the experience. I have already contacted the creator and given their history, I would assume future versions have don’t have this glitch anymore.

My conclusion then is, this is the definitive way to play for replays, and while I still recommend it for first time players, maybe less so.

Version 1.3.5 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
great QOL improvementszachs01 Sep 20231.3.5Yes
Perfect for replays, good for first timersElwinBran03 Jun 20231.3.5Yes
Definitive Links Awakening!Nintenja15 Feb 20231.3.5Yes
Almost perfect, save for one issueCoolCatBomberMan12 Jan 20221.3.5Yes
You can change the save shortcut now?!Cralex29 Dec 20211.3.5Yes
Good hack, minor issueskkslider07 Sep 20201.3Yes
Not recommended, but not bad eitherBlairBear8622 Jul 20201.1No
Recommended with a caveatthanksgoogle04 Apr 20211.1Yes
Great complilationCountBuggula07 Oct 20191.1Yes
GreatStixsmasterHD24 Sep 20191.1Yes
Definitve Link's Awakening patch, must have!MattKimura21 Sep 20191.0Yes