There have been many amazing games in the Zelda series over the years that could claim the award for Best Of Them All, but if you ask me, my personal favorite will always remain Link’s Awakening. Link was dumped on an island so packed with secrets that I was still finding them years later. Unusual for a Zelda game, it was packed with jokes and references to other games, and I loved that. It’s also one of those rare Zeldas where the story and writing were as strong and captivating as the gameplay — the series wouldn’t come close to this richness of character and undercurrent of tragedy until Majora’s Mask seven years later.
The game’s characters have rarely been seen since then, only showing up as collectible trophy figures in Smash Bros. games. Now, finally, one of my long-held dreams is coming true….Marin will be introduced as a playable character in Hyrule Warriors (both the Wii U and 3DS versions) via the game’s final DLC pack.
The big question is how she’s going to fight, given how benign and meek she was in the game. She was patterned after Zelda, but Zelda fights with magic, and Marin was powerless.
She comes from the “Link’s Awakening Pack” so presumably there is more in it that Nintendo didn’t reveal. Maybe a playable Sale the Gator, who collects rare and unusual canned food to power up? Or a small child that just stands there shaking its head and says “I don’t know, I’m just a kid” over and over…nah, that wouldn’t be practical. Your guess is as good as mine.
The Link’s Awakening pack is coming out this summer for both versions of Hyrule Warriors. Oh, and if you’re wondering how she’s alive, you clearly didn’t finish the game without losing a life. The bigger question is how she became human again.