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
  • 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

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 figures), the salesman offers you a chamber stone 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

These bottles are now on the Items page.

New warp holes

These new warp holes are now on the warp holes page.

Fishing Pond

  • On Switch, the fisherman records the weight of the biggest fish you caught.
  • Furthermore, he offers more powerful lures according to the fish you caught : a middleweight lure when you catch a green fish, and a heavyweight lure when you catch a Blooper.
  • You can fish a Cheep Cheep (kind of flying fish from the Mario universe) which can appear after dungeon 4 and which earns you a secret seashell (lightweight lure recommended)
  • You can catch a Blooper (kind of octopus from the Mario universe) which can appear after dungeon 5 and which earns you sometimes a secret seashell (lightweight lure recommended)
  • You can fish an Ol'Baron which can appear after dungeon 7 (middleweight or heavyweight lure recommended)
  • There's a shiny light on the pond's water when there is a rare fish to be caught - thanks to Maella

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

Route in the Wind Fish's Egg

On Switch, if you don't complete the trading sequence quest and you don't visit the library to read the brown book with the Magnifying Lens, the inside of the Wind Fish's Egg stays in the dark. You cannot find the path by chance, the game blocks the player to force him to finish the trading sequence. On GameBoy, the rooms are lit up and it's possible to find the path by chance.

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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