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[[caption-width-right:160:The fate of all those who faced Moldorm.]]

Prior to ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'', there was one game that pioneered the Zeldaverse in portable form. Its name is ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening''.

The game's mission was bringing the refined gameplay from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' on portables, but back then nobody could possibly predict it would have brought the series' well-known-by-now [[NightmareFuel/TheLegendOfZelda scare factor]] as well.

* The game ends [[spoiler:with a DreamApocalypse: you've just erased Koholint Island from existence, alongside Tarin, the villagers, the animals don't exist anymore, Bow-Wow the Chain Chomp, none of which exist anymore.]] Unless you get to unlock the [[ThatOneAchievement borderline achievable]] [[spoiler: special ending]], even [[spoiler:Marin]] is among the casualties.
* The southern Face Shrine as a whole is pretty disturbing for an 8-bit Zelda game, with the eerie fresco, the apocalyptic messages, and the somber music. It's also where the island's [[TownWithADarkSecret dark secret]] is discovered.
* Key Cavern's BGM starts a bit too loud, [[JumpScare which can make the moment you enter the dungeon pretty unnerving the first time around.]]
* The shopkeeper has one rule of thumb: ShopliftAndDie. You actually can get away with stealing: after getting out of the shop fine, the game goes, "You got it for free! Are you proud of yourself?", then a few hours later you forget all about it. The problem is, the shopkeeper didn't forget: he is just standing there before he - no kidding - delivers a OneHitKill with a [[ShockAndAwe lightning attack]] if you happen to access the shop again.
** Which means that if you're trying for the best ending, once you steal from him ''you can never return to the shop again, [[MarkOfShame THIEF]]''.
* If you get knocked off the edge of the arena by the first boss, you won't just respawn with half a heart missing like in the rest of the game, oh no. You'll find yourself in some kind of execution chamber with skeletons hanging by chains from the ceiling.
* The final battle with the Nightmares takes on an extra edge when you realize they're using the shape of Link's personal nightmares to fight back. This implies the battles with Agahnim and Ganon in ''A Link to the Past'' had such an impact on you that deep down, you're still scared of them. And the Nightmares are exploiting that fear to defeat you. What's more, when you get to the final form, the Nightmares lose all shape and reason (though what Nightmares ARE reasonable?) and turn into the Lovecraftian mass known as [=DethI=] (pronounced "Death Eye"), wildly swinging in some vain hope of taking you down.
* The player is left with an ''existential nightmare'' after completing the game. [[spoiler:When Koholint Island suffers a DreamApocalypse, all are the characters of this magical world not just dead? [[CessationOfExistence But worse? Erased from existence?]] An ApocalypseHow "Z" class? Or will they be [[{{Reincarnation}} Reincarnated]] somehow? Do they live on in an alternate reality? Do they survive in Link's memories in the waking world? [[HopeIsScary Or were they never real]] to begin with?]]
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