Link’s Awakening pre-order guide: Dreamer Edition, Link amiibo, free pins, and more

A hotly anticipated Nintendo Switch remake of the Game Boy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will be released on Friday, Sept. 20.

Unlike some other nostalgia-fueled remakes from recent years, Link’s Awakening (2019) hardly deviates from the original’s gameplay or story, though it looks a heck of a lot better on the Nintendo Switch than it did on a 2-inch black-and-white screen. There are plenty of extra goodies, Easter eggs, and quality-of-life improvements sprinkled in as well: The Switch version revives the Game Boy Color’s extra dungeon, and adds fairy bottles, a seashell sensor, and a dungeon builder.


Game Boy vs. Switch: The biggest differences in Link’s Awakening remake

While Nintendo is notoriously stingy with any sort of pre-order bonuses or discounts, a few retailers are offering some extra goodies when buying The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. Below, we break down where to pick up the game, cute collectibles being released alongside it, and strategies for picking up the Dreamer Edition (which has been sold out for months).

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Standard Edition

Unfortunately, Amazon and Best Buy aren’t running their $10 promotional credit deal on pre-orders for Link’s Awakening, but both GameStop and Target are offering some collectible merch. (Though it’s technically available with all purchases of Link’s Awakening — not just pre-orders — supplies are limited, so it’s possible that they’ll run out before launch day.)

GameStop is giving away double-sided posters to anyone who buys the game from one of its stores. Those who order online can also bring their order confirmation into a local store to pick up a free poster, though GameStop recommends calling ahead to check that it’s in stock.

Target, meanwhile, is offering a free set of Link and Marin enamel pins with Link’s Awakening purchases. As with GameStop, customers will have to head to a Target store (specifically, the electronics counter inside one) in order to claim their free pins.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening’s standard edition costs $59.99.

Get it here: Amazon | Best Buy | Walmart | GameStop | Target

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Dreamer Edition

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Dreamer Edition, which includes an exclusive art book and costs an extra $10, sold out quickly after it was announced in June. However, if you’re determined to get your hands on this beauty, all is not lost. Retailers have sporadically been getting Dreamer Editions back in stock, and we expect that to continue after the game is released. We recommend setting a price alert at your retailer of choice to be notified as soon as it restocks.

Get it here: Amazon | Best Buy | GameStop | Target


The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening amiibo

The Link’s Awakening amiibo is just so freakin’ cute, right down to the incredibly memeable packaging. It will be released alongside the game on Sept. 20, and will cost $15.99. It’s currently sold out everywhere but GameStop and Best Buy, though you can also set a restock alert at Amazon and other retailers.

Get it here: Amazon | Best Buy | GameStop | Target

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