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The Legend of Zelda

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993).

Perhaps the most beloved sidekick in the Zelda games, Chain Chomp also got an appearance, where he decimated the player's foes.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993).

Goombas from Mario make a surprise appearance in the Zelda Universe.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993).

The game was also ahead of its time in establishing a romantic relationship between major characters, which must come to a bitter end to save the island.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993).

Unlike previous games where the hero had to recover the Triforce, this time Link was charged with assembling eight musical instruments to wake the Windfish.

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Also unique to the game was the ability to steal from the shop, then have the game mock and punish you for it.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993).

Title screen, showing the enormous egg which would become the focal point of the entire game.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993).

Though a graphical downgrade to its predecessor, Link's Awakening was a guaranteed success due to the limitless possibilities of gaming-on-the-go.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993).

If anything, the game is notable for some of the most bizarre marketing.

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