The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Summary

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is playable. Performance may struggle in demanding areas.

Issues

  • Using OpenGL:
    • Tall grass and tree models have black flickering
    • Depth of field (aka blurriness) is incorrectly rendered, causing the whole screen to appear blurred. This can be mitigated by using this mod patch.
    • Lighting and grass shading may be incorrect.
    • Water appears to not be transparent, and water surface reflections are too bright.
  • Using Vulkan:
    • Banding effects may occur on the terrain.
    • Depending on the driver (e.g. RADV), black flickering may still occur on foliage.
    • Crashes occur frequently when entering Manbo’s Pond. Switch to OpenGL in order to bypass this problem.
  • NVIDIA Turing series GPUs (GeForce 16- and 20-series, Titan RTX) may have some additional rendering issues (this note needs expansion).

Game-Specific Configuration

  • Controller configuration: Pro Controller or Dual Joycons
  • Typically, using the Vulkan backend will render far better than OpenGL.

Screenshots

{image credits: Gidoly}

Known Issues

Title Created Last Updated
DisconnectNpad getting called due to AcquireNpadStyleSetUpdateEventHandle September 24, 2019 August 27, 2020
Unimplement ioctl on Link's Awakening October 19, 2019 November 22, 2019

Compatibility

Build Date Tested By Hardware Version Rating
10/13/2021 Igor_van_Haasteren on 10/14/2021 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7820HQ CPU @ 2.90GHz
Quadro P3000/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
Mainline Build
3538400
Great
10/12/2021 Invocacao_Game on 10/12/2021 AMD Ryzen 5 3400G with Radeon Vega Graphics
AMD Radeon(TM) RX Vega 11 Graphics
Windows
EarlyAccess Build
653b6ac
Okay
10/6/2021 enzomhunter on 10/06/2021 AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1100T Processor
GeForce GT 1030/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
Mainline Build
a2481e8
Bad
09/14/2021 JohnnyPR88 on 09/15/2021 Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-4130T CPU @ 2.90GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GPU
Windows
Mainline Build
8af62c4
Okay
09/14/2021 AlonCV on 09/16/2021 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6200U CPU @ 2.30GHz
Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
Windows
EarlyAccess Build
702e7ba
Great
09/2/2021 juniorg2607 on 09/03/2021 Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-10900K CPU @ 3.70GHz
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
Mainline Build
1a45722
Okay
08/31/2021 YumYumTuete on 09/01/2021 AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Six-Core Processor
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670
Windows
EarlyAccess Build
cd97bdf
Great
08/31/2021 Edu_POES on 08/31/2021 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10875H CPU @ 2.30GHz
GeForce RTX 2070 Super/PCIe/SSE2
Windows
EarlyAccess Build
d970b69
Great
08/23/2021 power12 on 08/23/2021 AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core Processor
Radeon RX 5500 XT
Windows
EarlyAccess Build
bbb7485
Great
08/15/2021 tagin231 on 08/15/2021 AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core Processor
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Windows
Mainline Build
c0b1f06
Great

Game Mods

See our game modding article on how to apply patches.
Name Description
ZLA_Noblur_Mod.zip Disables blur and depth of field.

Savefiles

Name Description
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.

Screenshots

Compatibility
Okay
Game functions with major graphical or audio glitches, but game is playable from start to finish with workarounds.
Release(s)
01006BB00C6F0000

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