Differences between the GameBoy and Switch versions

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Various information

  • When you walk around with BowWow, the latter shows you places to dig up when you go near them (secret seashells).
  • In the Switch version, bombs can only be bought after finishing the Bottle Grotto (second temple).
  • Contrary to the GameBoy version, you can carry more than 999 rupees.
  • By playing the Manbo's Mambo, you can travel to the warping points.
  • On Switch, at Goponga Swamp in front of the temple's entrance, there is now a stone instead of a flower. This allows you to get in the temple again even if you don't have BowWow with you anymore. This stone appears when you get the Power Bracelet, so you still have to complete the first dungeon.
    On GameBoy, once BowBow returned to Madam MeowMeow, you couldn't enter the Bottle Grotto anymore unless you had the Magic Rod which allows burning flowers - thanks to Maella.
  • Once Link is wearing the red or blue outfit, he can still find from time to time Guardian Acorns or Pieces of Power. On GameBoy, once you have the red or blue clothes, the game doesn't give any more acorn or piece of power until the end of the adventure - thanks to Maella
  • On Switch, you can break pots with the Kokolint Sword, which was not possible in the original version - thanks to Samchi
  • If you have a Secret Medicine (from Crazy Tracy) with you and that you find one in a chest, it's getting back into the chest.
  • On GameBoy, Guardian Acorns and Pieces of Power are deactivated after you get hit a certain number of times or if you get out of the place where you got it. For example, if you get it in a dungeon and that you get out of it, you lose it. On Switch, they last for a certain amount of time before the effect stops. Furthermore you can find one of these, then the other one before the first one has stopped, which could not happen on GameBoy, but they don't combine. - thanks to Samchi new
  • The access to the Signpost Maze is modified. On GameBoy, you just need to have the Pegasus Boots, whereas on Switch, there are 5 holes and a tree trunk, which means that you must have the Hookshot found in the fifth dungeon - thanks to Maella new

Color Dungeon

  • On Switch, at the beginning of the Color Dungeon, the blue skeleton proposes to sell some Magic Powder : 20 doses for 100 rupees (Gar and his friend Dion don't propose a riddle anymore) - thanks to Maella and Lyanna
  • When you go back into this dungeon, the great fairy proposes not only the red or blue outfit (like on GameBoy), but also to get your green outfit back. So on Switch you have the possibility to finish the game while wearing your green clothes, even if you have completed the Color Dungeon. You can also choose to keep the green outfit the first time - thanks to Maella
  • On Switch, once you have found the secret passage in the graveyard, it stays opened forever - thanks to Maella.
  • The secret room with the blue rupees doesn't respawn anymore, whereas on GameBoy, everytime you would leave and get back into the temple, the rupees would be back - thanks to Maella.

End of the trading sequence

After finding the last item of the Trading sequence, you can get the Boomerang in exchange of one of your other items. On Switch, you can now get the exchanged item back for 300 rupees while keeping the Boomerang in your inventory - thanks to Maella.

Figures at the Trendy Game

At the Trendy Game in Mabe Village, you can catch figurines from the Mario universe which can be placed on different stands located in the houses of the village. You need to place a figure on its pedestal before being able to get another one.

  • From the start of the game, a CiaoCiao (BowWow baby) at Madam MeowMeow
  • After completing the first temple, a Goomba to be placed at Marin and Tarkin's place
  • After completing the second temple, a Spiny at Papahl's house
  • After completing the third temple, a Boo at Papahl's house
  • After completing the fourth temple, a Cheep at Grandpa Ulrira's house
  • After completing the fifth temple, a Bloups at Grandpa Ulrira's house
  • After completing the sixth temple, a Shy Guy at Papahl's house
  • After completing the seventh temple, a piranha plant at Marin and Tarkin's place
  • After completing the eighth temple, a Pokey at Papahl's house
  • After completing the game, BowWow at Madam MeowMeow

After catching BowWow (the last of these figurines), the salesman offers a chamber and says that now it will only cost you 5 rupees to play new

New pieces of heart

These new heart pieces are now on the Pieces of Heart page.

New secret seashells

These new secret seashells are now on the Secret Seashells page.

New bottles

  • At the Fishing Pond, there is an empty bottle at the bottom of the pond behind a seaweed. Personally, to get it, I had to get it nearer in 3-4 steps, as there was always a fish on the way to stop the line!
  • The sad ghost gives you a bottle when you bring him back to his grave (there is no seashell in his house anymore).
  • At Dampé's Shack, pass the "Heart Shortage" challenge category "3-shovels" to get a bottle new

New warp holes

  • To the west of the Animal Village, lift the isolated rock
  • To the right of Seashell Mansion, dig up where you can see a strange light.
  • North of Dampé's Shack, lift up the isolated rock - thanks to Maella.
  • To the far east of Tal Tal Mountains, after getting out of a cave, dig up where there is a strange light - thanks to Maella and Samchi.
  • In Tal Tal Mountains, western part, when getting out of the cave with the fire stream, lift up the rock.

Horse heads in temples in Link's AwakeningHorse heads in temples

To know where to stand to throw a horse head onto its location, first of all when you're carrying the head, it must look towards the green square. Then you need to stand three squares further and a square beside relative to the green square.

Getting rid of the beamos

At Turtle's Rock, you can neutralize the rotating beam-throwing statues by raising the Mirror Shield at the beam. It will then be reflected at the statue, which will disable it! In the original version, the beam was reflected without disabling the beamos - thanks to Samchi

Final battle new

The final form of the Shadow Nightmares is not "lethally" sensitive to the Boomerang anymore. In the GameBoy version, the last shadow could be defeated in one shot with the Boomerang, whereas on Switch, the Boomerang inflicts damages but doesn't "one-shot" it like before - thanks to Maella.

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