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#1 JRPomazon


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Posted 10 July 2012 - 02:01 PM

This is a question I have long struggled with ever since I beat Link's Awakening.

You find yourself on a island, meet a whole bunch of weird and fun people and this one particularly cute girl (or at least it's implied that she's attractive and totally into you). But then you got this talking owl tell you that everything is a dream and these nightmares are trying to raise hell within the sleeping subconscious you've wondered into. It's uncertain how things will end if you leave these jerks to their own devices and there is no way you can leave the island until the dream ends.

So you have two options. Live the rest of your life in the dream, on the island, abandon everything you have on the outside world to remain here. Nothing changes but all the people on the Island remain. Or you play the hero and wake up, the island and everything on it (both good and bad) vanish forever as their reality fades to white. You escape the dream and return home.

I've weighed both options countless times. In the end, waking the Wind Fish seems like the right choice. I mean, the Wind Fish is at the mercy of the Nightmares. Everything within the dream world is at their mercy. Despite all the good the residents can offer, it seems cruel to just let the dream continue. But I still wonder "what might have been." What if you left things alone, let the residents of the dream continue living their lives and not deprive them of their existence. Nightmares or not, I'm sure life would remain pleasant.

What do you all think?

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 02:16 PM

Defeat the Nightmares, then refuse to wake the Wind Fish. Best of both worlds! Link can protect Koholint from any more Nightmarish incursions, and nobody has to fade away!

Though, I suppose it doth be the nature of dreams to end. We've seen the Wind Fish can at least bring Marin into reality, though (as a seagull), and his parting words imply there is at least some hope for the rest of Koholint. It's unlikely to happen, but I think there is an opening for a sequel to Link's Awakening.


It's a rare game where turning the game off and not playing it anymore is in some respects a better ending than playing through to the end.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 02:42 PM

Link has like...people off the island he wants to see though.

Like Zelda, and his uncle.



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Posted 12 July 2012 - 07:43 AM

That and I always thought if he had left things alone, the Nightmares would eventually escape and become real and wreak havoc on the outside world.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 03:57 PM

I love Chrono Cross too much, so my little fanfiction is that when the Wind Fish woke up in the Child Timeline, his dream of Koholint Island became real in the Adult Timeline, which is fulla islands. <3

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