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
Armee17 on 01/17/2022 AMD Ryzen 3 3100 4-Core Processor
Radeon RX 580 Series
Windows
c5647b8
Great
Armee17 on 01/17/2022 AMD Ryzen 3 3100 4-Core Processor
Radeon RX 580 Series
Windows
c5647b8
Great
consistent60 on 01/14/2022 AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8-Core Processor
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
Windows
a482e35
Great
consistent60 on 01/14/2022 AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8-Core Processor
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
Windows
a482e35
Great
JustMob on 01/16/2022 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8750H CPU @ 2.20GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design
Windows
b79fc85
Great
JustMob on 01/16/2022 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8750H CPU @ 2.20GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design
Windows
b79fc85
Great
Antonio_Reventone on 01/07/2022 AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Six-Core Processor
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Windows
4377128
Great
Antonio_Reventone on 01/07/2022 AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Six-Core Processor
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Windows
4377128
Great
PAtricio_Wenkulleo on 01/15/2022 AMD Ryzen 3 3100 4-Core Processor
Radeon RX 570 Series
Windows
6591103
Okay
PAtricio_Wenkulleo on 01/15/2022 AMD Ryzen 3 3100 4-Core Processor
Radeon RX 570 Series
Windows
6591103
Okay
Unblockedjam on 12/11/2021 AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Six-Core Processor
NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
Windows
2361cd8
Great
Unblockedjam on 12/11/2021 AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Six-Core Processor
NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
Windows
2361cd8
Great
Unblockedjam on 12/11/2021 AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Six-Core Processor
NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
Windows
2361cd8
Great
Unblockedjam on 12/11/2021 AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Six-Core Processor
NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
Windows
2361cd8
Great
Unblockedjam on 12/11/2021 AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Six-Core Processor
NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
Windows
2361cd8
Great
Unblockedjam on 12/11/2021 AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Six-Core Processor
NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
Windows
2361cd8
Great
Unblockedjam on 12/11/2021 AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Six-Core Processor
NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
Windows
2361cd8
Great
Unblockedjam on 12/11/2021 AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Six-Core Processor
NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
Windows
2361cd8
Great
Restart16 on 11/15/2021 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3470 CPU @ 3.20GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Windows
49af7e4
Bad
Restart16 on 11/15/2021 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3470 CPU @ 3.20GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Windows
49af7e4
Bad

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.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.
Skip Intro Skips the intro softlock.

Screenshots

Compatibility
Great
Game functions with minor graphical or audio glitches and is playable from start to finish. May require some workarounds.
Release(s)
01006BB00C6F0000

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