According to a recent article by Zentendo, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening has the best storyline ever created for a video game. Some would say that the game has a pleasant storyline enhanced by a deep ending, while many others might argue the opposite- that the game’s overall storyline was just plain and cliché since it is all based on a dream.

The storylines of the Zelda games are one of the most important factors of the series, with each game having its own unique plot elements. But if you examine the storyline of Link’s Awakening in more detail, you will find just how powerful and unique its plot elements are. The ending of Link’s Awakening leaves you with nothing more than the disappearance of all of Koholint Island, revealing that all of the preceding events were but a dream.

What do you think about this? Is the storyline of Link’s Awakening plain, boring, and unimportant to the game as a whole? Or is there something special and different about this particular story that makes it better than that of all of the other Zelda titles?

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  • ChainofTermina

    I've never actually played it, but I am aware of what happens. I wouldn't say it's plain or boring, but it is most certainly not the best videogame plot in existence. I have no idea what game has the best plot, and to be perfectly honest, what ever it is, I don't think it's a Nintendo game. I'm a Nintendo fanboy forever, but they themselves say that they focus on gameplay first and story second.

  • Lunar6

    Amongst all the Zeldas at the very least. I personally don't see how anyone in the right mind who's played through the game would go so far as to consider it 'plain and boring', especially since I still find that its pacing, and dialogue oust most of what I heard in the 3D Zeldas sans maybe WW. It was also the first game where Link had a real prevalent connection with another character that had its moments in the plot. As far as greatest game story of all time though (or at least my favorite stories), I find something like Shenmue popping into my head before any of the Zelda games.

  • Lunar6

    Amongst all the Zeldas at the very least. I personally don't see how anyone in the right mind who's played through the game would go so far as to consider it 'plain and boring', especially since I still find that its pacing, and dialogue oust most of what I heard in the 3D Zeldas sans maybe WW. It was also the first game where Link had a real prevalent connection with another character that had its moments in the plot. As far as greatest game story of all time though (or at least my favorite stories), I find something like Shenmue popping into my head before any of the Zelda games.

    • Skynet

      That's the thing, he hasn't played the game. His/her statement became spam as soon as they decided to try and comment on the quality of a game they had never played.

      Personally, Link's Awakening was the last great major release. Yes, I had the special Gameboy w/LA and Tetris special pack, and I loved it..

      The people that, in my experience, tend not to like Pre-Ocarina of Time Zelda, are those that were too young to have played the pre OoT LoZ games. The series died for me with OoT, but maybe I was too old by the time OoT came out, maybe the N64 being crap turned me off of it, or maybe it was just a crappy game. Who knows.

      Link's Awakening FTMFW!

      Needless to say, I am quite biased towards the game, and I have no problem admitting it.

  • whoever thinks that is just insane, probably only played Links Awakening, it is one of the most boring zelda games out there, it's my least favorite out of all of them.

  • dominique

    I love it, reminds Me of the game dreamfall:the longest journey. Sure its on the small format of gameboy so I can see why you think it is plain and boring, teknically it is but still one masterpiece.

  • dominique

    I love it, reminds Me of the game dreamfall:the longest journey. Sure its on the small format of gameboy so I can see why you think it is plain and boring, teknically it is but still one masterpiece.

  • Samuel

    I wouldn't just say that Link's Awakening is the absolutely greatest Zelda game but one of the greatest games of all time! Concerning it's storyline, in my opinion, it can only be compared to the storyline of Xenogears. I played LA as a kid so it is possible that my view on the game is based on nostalgia but I've played it through in recent years and it is as good as ever! The story is so much deeper than any game in the series and I can't see why it would matter that everything takes place in a dream, that just improves the whole story a multiple times.

  • king of termina

    I love its story, it simple, yet enchanting. That's why it is my favorite Zelda.

  • king of termina

    I love its story, it simple, yet enchanting. That's why it is my favorite Zelda.

  • MegaLinkX

    I love it, its my favorite zelda game!!! And it WASNT just a dream… you are meant to think that it was a dream and then you see the WindFish fly overhead. so it was a dream reality.

    Also, like I said, favorite Zelda game ever. BEST dungeons, excellent characters, HUGE world (especially for a gameboy game!!!). BEST music…. I loved the towns in the game… Mabe and the animal village…. Best trading sequence in a zelda game, all the best items…. plus bomb arrows!!!!!

    Holy crap is there a better zelda game? MAYBE A Link To The Past.. MAYBE.

  • Hylian99

    Good Zelda game? Yes. Best storyline ever? No.

    When you look at games like Mass Effect, Golden Sun, Fire Emblem, things like that; Link's Awakening's story doesn't reach that level.

  • Hylian99

    Good Zelda game? Yes. Best storyline ever? No.

    When you look at games like Mass Effect, Golden Sun, Fire Emblem, things like that; Link's Awakening's story doesn't reach that level.

  • Elizabeth

    I'd stay (for Zelda games) with OoT and then ALttP. Yet… Like 'Hylian99' I consider some FE's stories very complete, too. It's hard to say… is a matter of opinion.

  • scottwalker

    it leaves people with a sense of wonder, and that is what makes a good game

  • scottwalker

    it leaves people with a sense of wonder, and that is what makes a good game

  • JLocke

    Link's Awakening = LOST. End of debate.

  • MasterEdge

    Well I wouldn't if it's the best since there are so many games with great stories out there. But I would definitely say that it's up there somewhere

  • MasterEdge

    Well I wouldn't if it's the best since there are so many games with great stories out there. But I would definitely say that it's up there somewhere

  • I'm not sure if it's the greatest story, but it's up there.

  • silver-hero

    Even if you think it doesn't have the best story overall, just think of all the elements of the plot and how Link first connected with characters. And also imagine that you were in Link's place. Wouldn't you've been heart-broken considering the ending of the game?

  • silver-hero

    Even if you think it doesn't have the best story overall, just think of all the elements of the plot and how Link first connected with characters. And also imagine that you were in Link's place. Wouldn't you've been heart-broken considering the ending of the game?

  • Victor

    Link's awakening having the greatest story of all time? I don't think so. Personally, that title should go to Ocarina of Time instead. The Story in Link's Awakening was nothing but a dream, so I don't consider it that important to the series. That and I didn't find it very captivating.

  • Beorcbuster

    I find that Majora's Mask had the best plot. The moon being crashed and all gives you that feeling of need, and duty.

  • Ryan

    NOT A CHANCE, it may have the best zelda storyline but not the best video game storyline. Go play xbox games and then tell me it has the best storyline.

  • Ryan

    NOT A CHANCE, it may have the best zelda storyline but not the best video game storyline. Go play xbox games and then tell me it has the best storyline.

  • Shaelyn

    Link's Awakening did have a compelling story that was beautifully implemented, and deserves a lot more credit than some people give it. …even at that though, I think Majora's Mask had a better one…and I think some other non-Nintendo titles are even higher on the list than that. Assassin's Creed is a prime example – that tale isn't even finished yet, but good grief, its story has excelled beyond anything Nintendo put out by leaps and bounds.

  • JLocke

    "We must go see Jacob…I mean the Wind Fish"

  • Tacheon Black

    Majora's Mask definitely had the best storyline, with Wind Waker being a close second.

    Also, LOL @ John Locke

  • Valdek

    i agree with Tacheon Black, Majora’s Mask definitely is the best Zelda game. but i think Orcarina of Time is close too, wind waker… not so much, the king wants to put everything under water… so yeah its stupid

    BUT…. Golden Sun, and Golden Sun the Lost Age have one of the best plots i have ever seen

  • Valdek

    i agree with Tacheon Black, Majora’s Mask definitely is the best Zelda game. but i think Orcarina of Time is close too, wind waker… not so much, the king wants to put everything under water… so yeah its stupid

    BUT…. Golden Sun, and Golden Sun the Lost Age have one of the best plots i have ever seen

  • liam skywalker

    I think that links awakening has the best nintendo storyline.

  • Gwen

    Maybe not the best storyline EVER, but an excellent story regardless.

    As for all those people saying "it was just a dream so it sucks". It was real for Link. He wasn't just laying on driftwood having a bad dream, he was pulled into a magically constructed world that was meant to keep the Windfish trapped forever. He knew those people, he traveled that island, he fought those bosses–entities that were actively sustaining the world, keeping the dream alive to keep the Windfish asleep. Think of it as THE MATRIX. Nothing that happens in the matrix is physically happening, the people are all lying in pods powering the machines–but that doesn't mean that those people have never done anything or met anyone or made life-changing decisions. Koholint might be a dream, but Link lived that adventure, knew those people, and even though he did everything right, he lost everything at the end. We don't even get to see if he makes it back to land. Sure, stories have been written where it was "just a dream" in the end, but I think this one does it better. 😛

  • Gwen

    Maybe not the best storyline EVER, but an excellent story regardless.

    As for all those people saying "it was just a dream so it sucks". It was real for Link. He wasn't just laying on driftwood having a bad dream, he was pulled into a magically constructed world that was meant to keep the Windfish trapped forever. He knew those people, he traveled that island, he fought those bosses–entities that were actively sustaining the world, keeping the dream alive to keep the Windfish asleep. Think of it as THE MATRIX. Nothing that happens in the matrix is physically happening, the people are all lying in pods powering the machines–but that doesn't mean that those people have never done anything or met anyone or made life-changing decisions. Koholint might be a dream, but Link lived that adventure, knew those people, and even though he did everything right, he lost everything at the end. We don't even get to see if he makes it back to land. Sure, stories have been written where it was "just a dream" in the end, but I think this one does it better. 😛

  • nicole

    It's the only Zelda game with a sad ending.

  • nicole

    It's the only Zelda game with a sad ending.

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