For many fans of the Legend of Zelda GameBoy title Link’s Awakening, Koholint Island is one of the most mysterious and interesting worlds in the entire franchise; and while we’ve had our share of Hyrule and even a vast ocean in 3D Zelda entrants, we’ve never seen the Wind Fish’s dream world quite like this. The interactive 3D map works within the browser utilizing the Unity Web Engine. A small install gets you up and running, exploring the overworld, the dungeons, shops, etc. You can use the spacebar to jump over obstacles that would typically give Link a bit of trouble as well.
While there are many textures missing and the world looks similar to a 3D navigational mapping program’s treatment of 2 dimensional maps, it is still visually interesting and worth a look if for no other reason than to appeal to the nostalgic side.
There have been other recreations of Koholint Island in the past, some of them notably impressive as seen in the example below:
While this interactive version doesn’t have the same level of detail, who knows where it will go in the future, considering what the Unity Web Engine is capable of. If you’re interested in taking a look for yourself check it out here. Remember you need to install the Unity framework to run it, and enjoy! Come back and let us know what you think!