Most people forget that North America as a whole does not speak English. When you say North America most people think of the United States of America, that is fine but it is wrong. That is like thinking Brazil when someone says “South America”. It is a country in that region but it is not the whole region. That is why I am writing this article about the recent release of a patch for the Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening on the Game Boy and Game Boy Color to convert the text to Spanish.
What began as a port of the Super Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past became its own title shortly after development started. What Link’s Awakening became was one of the most revered Zelda titles available, still popular with fans and collectors alike. Link’s Awakening also carries the notorious note of being one of a select few Zelda titles to not be set in the land of Hyrule. In 1998, Nintendo released an updated version called Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX and it was not just a simple rushed update either.
When Nintendo released Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX they were at a cross-roads with their portable hardware. They were transitioning from the old black and white Game Boy that was nearing 10 years in service to a newer, brighter and sharper, Game Boy Color (that didn’t enjoy nearly the same life in service as its predecessor). How do you maximize sales in this situation? Release, at great cost, two versions? Nope, Nintendo made sure that Link’s Awakening DX was compatible with the old hardware and the newer devices (maybe they learned their lesson when moving from the NES to Super NES?). To add incentive for standbys to upgrade to the newer hardware, when played on the Game Boy Color there was an exclusive dungeon to take on. Legacy hardware users were left out of that fun, though it purportedly didn’t affect the outcome of the game (just made it shorter, and possibly less fun for completests).
Well, all of that is now available in Spanish for a whole new segment of gamers. We can’t link to the actual game files since Nintendo guards the legality of those quite well. We can however send you over to ROMHacking.net to grab the patch, instructions and the like, but obtaining the actual game is up to you.