Cameos of The Legend of Zelda
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The Legend of Zelda series has made numerous cameos and crossovers in other Nintendo games, and elements and characters from the series have even made licensed appearances in third party video games. This listing does not include unlicensed parodies and homages in other media. Please visit The Legend of Zelda in popular culture for examples of these.
Cameos in Nintendo games and software
Animal Crossing Series
- The Master Sword appears as furniture. Interacting with it plays the get item jingle.
- Kafei's and Anju's shirt appear as clothes.
- Scanning certain e-Reader cards added Zelda-based pattern designs that could be used as wallpaper, clothing, etc.
- A Nintendo Entertainment System console with The Legend of Zelda was set to appear as an item, but was made unobtainable. It can still be played by hacking into the game.
- If the player catches a Loach, his or her character will say "You don't suppose it's Hylian, do you?"
- Gulliver and Kapp'n make references to Hyrule, such as a Hyrulean prison.
- Tortimer tells a story that he defeated the great sea snakes at Pinnacle Rock.
- In some villagers' houses, if the player looks inside their cabinets or wardrobes, they may get the message "You found 10 rupees! Talk about lucky! Too bad you can't use them in this town...".
- On the back wall of Katrina's tent, there is a picture of the Triforce.
- The Triforce appears as furniture and the Master Sword returns as furniture. Interacting with the Triforce separates its pieces as they twirl before reforming, mimicking the animation and sound effect of A Link to the Past title screen.
- Villagers occasionally talk about a boy in green who shot things out of the air with a Slingshot.
- The Triforce and Master Sword return as furniture.
- Link's hat and clothes, Majora's Mask, and Midna's Fused Shadows appear as clothing.
- The Triforce and Master Sword return as furniture.
- Link's hat, clothes, Majora's Mask, and Midna's Fused Shadow all return as clothing. Link's pants and boots, Tingle's hood, Makar's mask, and Fi's mask now appear as clothing.
- When eating a Fortune Cookie, the paper inside reads a fortune relevant to the item obtained from it. The Zelda-related fortunes read:
- Hero's Clothes: "The land is in great peril, and soon you will be the Hero of (town name)."
- Hero's Pants: "Sometimes treasure is not hidden. It is only invisible."
- Hero's Cap: "A green hat may be just the thing to inspire you toward adventure."
- Majora's Mask: "If you leave my mask out there, something terrible will happen!"
- Midna's Mask: "Look to the sky when the sun sets. All will be revealed in this twilight."
- Master Sword: "It's dangerous to go alone. Take this."
- Triforce: "He who believes he has a pure heart is probably just a beast in denial."
- Hero's Boots: "A door that does not open is not closed to you; it only needs a key."
- Fi Mask: "Sometimes a sword is just a sword. And sometimes it's a pretty girl."
Donkey Kong Series
- If the game is beaten with 18 Video Game Hero Coins (in the form of DK Coins) or less, third place in Cranky's Video Game Heroes will be held by Link, behind Yoshi and Mario. Link's appearance is based on the design used for official art in A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening, albeit with darker hair, possibly due to palette limitations. He appears unequipped, and looks around the room before crossing his arms. In the Game Boy Advance version, Link takes the second place instead of Yoshi (at the time of the original game, Yoshi's Island had just been released). As the game used pre-rendered sprites, this marks the first time Link had been rendered in three dimensions for a game.
- This game also includes the same Video Game Heroes lineup as the SNES equivalent.
- If the main characters ask about the castle in Bazaar's Shop (available after buying the shell), and refuse to pay for the story; Bazaar will recount how a boy also asked about the castle and had paid 500 Rupees for it. This reference was removed from the Game Boy Advance remake.
- A version of The Legend of Zelda theme is featured in this game.
- The player can buy a The Legend of Zelda-themed bongo sound set.
- A version of The Legend of Zelda theme is featured in this game.
- This game contains a song based on The Legend of Zelda theme.
- Funky Kong references the Zelda series' infamous "It's dangerous to go alone" phrase when selling Crash Guards in Funky's Fly'n'Buy.
- Kirby series
- In several games, starting with Kirby Super Star, Kirby's Sword ability makes many reference to Link, most notably with a hat based on Link's cap from A Link to the Past, the most recent design at the time of release (although with the addition of a bobble at the tip). The Sword Kirby uses was also made into a design resembling the Master Sword. When using it, Kirby gains many abilities based on those used by Link, such as the Sword Beam and Down Thrust.
- In The Great Cave Offensive, one of the treasures to collect is the Triforce. According to Nintendo, the reason for this and the references to other Nintendo games are because the developers wanted to repay the favor of having Kirby appear in Link's Awakening.
- One creature named Bonehead resembles Bubbles, which may be a reference to them.
- On Level 3 of the Paint Roller's minigame, Kirby sometimes has to draw a Triforce shape.
- When using the Sword ability, Kirby can use Link's trademark Spin Attack, complete with him charging energy before the attack is unleashed.
- When using the Sword ability, Kirby can use several of Link's techniques. These include shooting Sword Beams when Kirby is at full health, the Spin Attack when charging the Sword, the Down Thrust, and the Skyward Strike, called "Sky Energy Strike." A Master Sword keychain from Kirby & the Amazing Mirror can also be collected.
- The warp whistle plays the same tune as the one in The Legend of Zelda. It also summons a cyclone in the same way. This cameo appears in remakes of Super Mario Bros. 3 (Super Mario All-Stars, Super Mario All Stars + Super Mario World, and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3).
- The player can read the word "Zelda" on the newspaper background in Stages 2-3 and 2-4.
- Random names of characters from other Nintendo games are put on the scoreboards in Mario Golf for the Game Boy Color. In the Links Club, several characters from Ocarina of Time may also appear, including Darunia, Deku Scrub, Goron Kid, Impa, Link, Malon, Nabooru, Navi, Saria, Sheik, Talon, and Zelda. These names may also appear on the scorecards of other courses as well. The Links Club, while a reference to the golfing term, may also be a pun of Link from The Legend of Zelda as well.
- The character Il Piantissimo has a (masked) face reminiscent of the Running Man from Ocarina of Time and the Postman from Majora's Mask.
- One of the items obtained from the Starbeans Café is the Great Force, a yellow triangle resembling the Triforce. Originally, various Nintendo characters were intended to appear at the Café to present the Mario Bros. with related items, before being replaced by Professor E. Gadd and the items slightly renamed. Link was originally supposed to appear and give the Triforce to the brothers.
- In the Winkle Colosseum, the Mario Bros. participate in a mini-game where they must deflect rocks at enemies known as Chuckoroks, whose name is derived from Octoroks. These enemies also have a similar appearance, as they shoot rocks from their snouts.
- Every time a Cruise Secret is purchased, the text box says, "Shhh... It's a secret to everybody!"
- Throughout the game Mario is guided by a hint giving Pixl named Tippi. She has the appearance of a rainbow colored (but mostly light blue) butterfly, and is obviously a parody of Navi. Also, when Mimi insists that Mario pays for a vase he broke, she will not accept coins, since she prefers to use octagonal gems called Rubees, again a parody of Rupee. There is a Pixl inside a bathroom on the moon named "Fleep" which requests a piece of paper. Mario then must buy a map, which is then used a toilet paper by Fleep (in a similar way to ???), who rewards him by joining his team.
- The first boss of the game is a robotic dragon named Fracktail who is attacked by Dimentio. After being attacked, the dragon malfunctions and begins to say several computer-inspired phrases, one of which is "I AM ERROR."
- Game director Yoshiaki Koizumi said in an interview with Nintendo Power (issue #225) that the battle strategy against the boss character Megaleg is inspired by what was going to be used for the final battle against Ganon in Ocarina of Time, but that was scrapped due to difficulty on camera control. Also, in the third mission of Good Egg Galaxy, Mario fights giant creatures that resemble Deku Scrubs firing cannonballs at him. In one galaxy, a giant Rupee appears and grants Mario a large amount of star bits.
- The volcano theme is a remix of the Level 9 (Death Mountain) music from the original The Legend of Zelda.
- In one of the galaxies, a Gearmo will ask Mario for a Goomba. After the plumber gives him the Goomba, he will hold it up in the air exactly like Link does when he gets an item.
- World 5-2 is heavily based on the Zelda series and was created to honor the game's 25th anniversary. Played predominantly from a top-down perspective and involving Mario moving from room to room in a similar manner to a traditional Zelda dungeon. A puzzle to obtain a Star Coin involves lighting torches using Fire Mario which causes the Zelda "puzzle solved" musical cue to play, and the dungeon includes traps that mimic those that appear in Zelda games, such as Guruguru Bars, Spiked Rollers, and Spinies appear as enemies, who also appear in the Zelda series in the form of Spiked Beetles.
- In Mission C-3: Roundhouse Brawl in the Old Clockworks, the Ancient Poltergeist (Elder Boffin in the PAL release) is briefly seen arranging six bricks into the shape of the Triforce. As he does this, the background music briefly plays the "item found" refrain from the Zelda games.
- One of the Luiginoid moves is called Hookshot, which is a reference to the item of the same name. This Luiginoid move works in a similar manner to the aforementioned item, causing multiple Luigis to stretch out in a chain to latch onto targets and pull Mario and the remaining Luiginoids to it.
- A secret area in one level of the game takes Mario to an area composed of black blocks that form an 8-bit Link sprite from the original The Legend of Zelda. Lighting them all up to reveal the sprite causes the "item found" refrain from Ocarina of Time to play, and a Green Star to appear. After this, the music will change to a remix of part of the main theme of the Zelda series until Mario leaves.
- A Zelda-themed Downloadable Content package for Mario Kart 8 was released on November 13, 2014. The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 package contains three new playable characters, including the incarnation of Link from Skyward Sword. The DLC also contains four vehicles and two parts: the Master Cycle, which features a Hylian Shield at each side, and the Triforce Tires and Hylian Kite. The Triforce Cup, also included in the DLC, features the Hyrule Circuit, which is located in Hyrule Field and inside Hyrule Castle. The circuit features Rupees instead of Coins, Deku Babas instead of Piranha Plants, and Keese instead of Swoops. Once inside the Hyrule Castle section, switches can be activated to summon the Master Sword. Also, Link will sometimes hold the Triforce in his hands while performing a trick.
- Using either the Link or Toon Link amiibo unlocks the Link Racing Suit usable by the Mii character.
- Main article: amiibo § Yoshi's Woolly World
- Using any amiibo unlocks a pattern for Yoshi based on that character. These include all five Zelda-related amiibo.
- Main article: amiibo § Super Mario Maker
- 8-bit versions of Link, Toon Link, Zelda, Sheik, Ganondorf, and Tingle appear as Costumes for Mario, usable by grabbing a Mystery Mushroom. They are unlocked by either playing through the 100-Mario Challenge, or scanning their respective amiibo (except Tingle, who does not have an amiibo). Zelda-centric jingles play when Mario is transformed into these characters.
- The game's concept of light/dark duality, as well as the collection of Temple Keys, was compared to the gameplay mechanic from A Link to the Past. In fact, the developer of the game, Retro Studios, was assisted by one of the creators of the SNES Zelda game to properly incorporate the aforementioned concept into the new game.
- Players can unlock a special feature known as Bumper Stickers, which decorates Samus's Gunship with stickers based of certain Nintendo games that have data stored in the players' Wii consoles. One of this stickers is the Royal Crest from Twilight Princess.
- Level 11 of Normal Mode unlocked after completing the 10 other levels is based on different Nintendo characters. Puzzle 11-L of them being the original Link sprite.
- Volume 5 of Picross NP was also available as a "My Picross" download in the game. Pack 7 released in August 27 2008 for the American version only contains the Ocarina of Time puzzles, with them being puzzles 7B-7H.
- Volume 5 and 8 of the Nintendo Power Picross series had its "Character" section based on Ocarina of Time, with the latter game having it in the "Character Extra" section that is unlocked after completing all of the 96 original puzzles. The images used are of Navi, the Fairy Ocarina, the Keaton Mask, the Fairy Slingshot, Kaepora Gaebora, Princess Zelda, Link, Princess Ruto, Epona, Darunia, Deku Scrub and Ganondorf.
- A few Nintendo references appear in the form of some Treasures Wario can obtain in each level. A boot with wings, resembling the Pegasus Boots, appears in the "Return the Hen to Her Nest" level, while a blue Ocarina much like the Flute from A Link to the Past appears in "Stop that Train!" of the "In Town" chapter.
- Several of 9-Volt's and 18-Volt's microgames are based on games of The Legend of Zelda series.
- One of 9-Volt's microgames is based on the original The Legend of Zelda. In it, the player has to move Link into the cave entrance within the time limit while avoiding enemies. This microgame reappears in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$!
- During the credits, if the player pushes down on the control pad, the stars turn to Triforces.
- One of 9-Volt's microgames is based on the original The Legend of Zelda. Using the game's tilt motion controls, the Game Boy Advance must be turned to change the direction of Link's Shield, in order to deflect the rocks from a group of Octoroks.
- One of 9-Volt's and 18-Volt's microgames is based on the original The Legend of Zelda, and alternately, The Adventure of Link in the microgame's level 1. The object is to tap all the onscreen Fairies to restore Link's health. If successful, Link will reveal himself and hold up a Nintendo DS. In The Adventure of Link setting, Link will simply walk past.
- One of the poses available during the intermission screen is called the Triforce.
- Two of 9-Volt's and 18-Volt's microgames are based on games from The Legend of Zelda series. One is based on The Wind Waker, where the player must fly Link with the Deku Leaf onto the wooden platform to reach the Forbidden Woods. The other is based on Ocarina of Time, where Link must pull out the Master Sword from the Pedestal of Time.
- Another one of 9-Volt's and 18-Volt's microgames, called Opening Night, requires the player to conduct an orchestra played by Mario, Luigi and Link. One of the possible music tracks includes The Legend of Zelda overworld theme on level 3.
- One of 9-Volt's microgames is based on Phantom Hourglass. In it, the player must tap the ChuChus surrounding Link to defeat them all before they can get to Link.
- One of 18-Volt's microgames is based on The Adventure of Link. In it, Link must raise his Shield to protect himself from the Boomerangs thrown by the Goriya.
Other Nintendo Games
- Two of the stages are based on the original Legend of Zelda, utilizing sprites of Link, Zelda and Ganon. Each stage is accompanied by a remixed theme in a chiptune style; one based on the main theme, and the second being a rock-themed remix of the Death Mountain music.
- One of the puzzles to complete is the Triforce.
- Link roots for the player on Course 5.
- Game & Watch Zelda is available as an unlockable bonus game.
- There's a part in the game where the player goes to Sunny Peak and pulls The Legendary Spoon out of its pedestal, similar to Link pulling the Master Sword out of its pedestal. It references A Link to the Past, in which Link also had to get a blue, red and green orb before he could pull the sword from its pedestal. This specific quest has also been featured in several other Zelda games.
- Ham-Merchants across the game say "Buy something, will ya?", like the merchants from the first game.
Nintendo Badge Arcade
- Several badges based on the sprites from the original The Legend of Zelda can be collected in the application. These can be used to customize the home menu of the Nintendo 3DS. More badges are occasionally released through updates. Badges based on artwork from The Wind Waker HD, A Link Between Worlds and Tri Force Heroes have also been released.
- One of the minigames is called The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, and is a direct homage to the series, where the player takes on the role of Link and fights many monsters from the series in familiar landscapes.
- Aside from the obvious Zelda references relating to Battle Quest, the Triforce makes an appearance in Yoshi's Fruit Cart in Gate 30, where the player must make the shape of the relic using the stylus to complete the stage.
- The Triforce also appears as a possible shape in the Pachinko game found in the main Plaza.
- In My Room mode, the player's character can decorate his room with consoles. On the NES, it is possible to see The Legend of Zelda; on the Super Nintendo, one can see A Link to the Past; and on the Nintendo 64, one can see Ocarina of Time.
- In Pokémon X and Y versions, after being defeated by the player, Preschooler Mia on Route 4 says "Hey! Hey! Listen!" before battle, referencing Navi.
- The Puzzle Swap game in StreetPass Mii Plaza for the Nintendo 3DS features several puzzles based on various Nintendo games and characters. There are several puzzles explicitly based on The Legend of Zelda series.
The puzzle titled "The Legend of Zelda" features a right-handed Link in his Twilight Princess appearance, wielding the Ordon Sword and the Hylian Shield. He periodically slashes his sword. Link is standing in a dark empty plane, which has black square rising and rotating, and a drifting cloud cover that lets a little yellow light through.
The puzzle titled "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D" features Adult Link in his Ocarina of Time 3D appearance riding Epona through Hyrule Field, with Navi flying alongside them. Hyrule Castle Town and Death Mountain are visible in the background, but do not get any further away as Epona gallops (to maintain the loop). The time cycles through day and night.
The puzzle titled "Nintendo Starlets" in North America and "Heroines" in PAL regions features Zelda in her Skyward Sword appearance (with her lyre) and Zelda's spirit from Spirit Tracks, as well as Peach, Rosalina, and Pauline from the Super Mario series. The animation is significantly different to the still image on the puzzle. In the animation, each of the characters appears above a color-matched flower, with all of them rotating in a carousel fashion and performing a specific animation when at the camera.
The puzzle titled "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword" features Link in his Skyward Sword appearance riding the Crimson Loftwing through the sky. Rotating the camera, Skyloft can be seen on the left and Zelda in her Skyward Sword appearance riding a Loftwing can be seen on the right.
The puzzle titled "ULTIMATE NES REMIX" features an 8x5 grid of tiles from various NES games featured in the game Ultimate NES Remix. This grid features Link, a Heart Container, and an Octorock in their The Legend of Zelda appearances; and Link and an Old Woman in their The Adventure of Link appearances. In the animation, Link in his The Legend of Zelda appearance is shown obtaining a Triforce Shard, which then transitions to a spritesheer. The spritesheet at the end of the animation depicts the Old Man from the Great Palace, in addition to Link holding up the Triforce.
The puzzle titled "Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U" features all 35 starter characters from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Link, Toon Link, Zelda, and Sheik appear in their Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U appearances. The animation depicts colored silhouettes of each of the character shooting into the camera, then puts all the silhouettes into a display before revealing the proper artwork.
- An 8-bit Octorok from The Legend of Zelda can be found in one of the walls in the Urchin Underpass map. 8-bit Octoroks from The Adventure of Link can also be found in various stages.
- The Calico Trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS makes a reference to the Gerudo while mentioning the fact that only one percent of calico cats are male.
- After winning a B-type game at or above level 9 with a height of at least 1, Link appears playing a flute.
- Upon beating level 9 in the NES version, a secret ending with various Nintendo characters, including Link, will be unlocked.
- This version of Tetris features Link prominently and includes a number of Zelda-themed games.
- One of the possible things a Mii can say in their sleep is, "It's dangerous to go alone! Take this!".
- One of the possible games being heard while a Wii U is being played by a Mii is Battle Quest.
- The name for a picture can be, "The Legend of October".
- In the U.S. version, the bookshelf in the Silver Bird Room contains a book called "The Legend of Zelda Chronology".
- One of the songs playable is the Title Theme for The Legend of Zelda.
- One of the stamps that can be obtained in the archery minigame is called "It's a Secret to Everybody."
- The description for the "Flashlight Frights" mini-game starts with "It's dangerous to go alone."
Licensed Third-party Game Cameos
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy +
- Main article: amiibo § Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy +
- Link and Zelda-themed planes can be unlocked by scanning the Link or Toon Link amiibo, and the Zelda or Sheik amiibo, respectively.
- In the Wii U version of Bayonetta that is packaged with retail copies of Bayonetta 2, the titular character Bayonetta and Jeanne appear with multiple Nintendo-inspired outfits, including the Hero of Hyrule costume based on Link. With this costume, they use the Master Sword and Hylian Shield, with the Master Sword replacing the Shuraba Sword and the Shield used to parry and counter incoming attacks. Other elements from the Zelda series also appear, such as collectible Rupees and jingles that play when opening a locked door or a chest.
Dynasty Warriors VS
- Released exclusively in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS, the game features a costume of Link in his Skyward Sword incarnation. He is equipped with the True Master Sword and the Hylian Shield; however, he does not use them as it is only a costume and not a full character.
- If the player has saved data of The Wind Waker on the memory card, Psycho Mantis will mention this to Solid Snake.[verification needed]
One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X
- Main article: amiibo § One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X
- By using amiibo figures through the New Nintendo 3DS or NFC Reader/Writer, various costumes based on Nintendo characters can be unlocked. Scanning the Link amiibo creates a Link costume for Zoro, which includes the Master Sword, Hylian Shield, and Majora's Mask.
- Ittle Dew bears homage to the classic 2D Zelda titles and contains similar puzzle elements as well as Hearts and Chests. The protagonist herself greatly resembles Link, and she is accompanied by a winged companion, similar to Navi.
- The Legend of Zelda Zone is a free DLC-level for Sonic Lost World. In the level, Sonic the Hedgehog is dressed like Link in a green tunic and boots. The Zone features many elements from Zelda series, including enemies, objects, and sounds. Link himself appears in his Skyward Sword incarnation.
- Along with other Nintendo-themed cameos such as Samus's Power Beam, the Hylian Shield appears as a Shield weapon in the Japanese version of Phantasy Star Zero. It is only available using a special code.
- In the Wii U version of the game, many people and objects from the Mario and Zelda series can be created.
- Miu Hinasaki, one of the playable protagonists in Maiden of Black Water, is capable of wearing an alternate costume that grants her the dress of Princess Zelda from Hyrule Warriors.
- Link is a playable character in the GameCube version of Soulcalibur II. In Soulcalibur II, Hyrule's tranquility was shattered by the arrival of several disasters, which brought opaque, ominous clouds with them. Eventually, it was discovered that an unknown magician was to blame for all that had happened. Just as the people were about to lose all hope, the sun miraculously returned as Link, having been summoned by Princess Zelda to find the disasters' source, successfully defeated the magician. The people of Hyrule rejoiced in the belief that eternal peace would rule; but it eventually became clear that the magician responsible for the disasters was in fact controlled by an evil sword from another world, Soul Edge, and that the fragments of Soul Edge had been gathering in the other world.
- Knowing that the resurrection of the evil blade must be prevented at all costs, Link chose to travel to the other world and destroy Soul Edge himself, taking his trusted Master Sword and Ocarina of Time, and transporting himself off on a secret journey. Through the completion of Arcade mode, Link succeeds in sealing away the evil within the Soul Edge, saving his homeland and quietly leaving the world he had come upon, leaving only a faint echo of his Ocarina.
Link is the only character with a ranged attack. His fighting style retains many of his signature moves from past games in the Zelda and Super Smash Bros. series. Some of these moves include the Spin Attack, the Jump Attack, the Down Thrust, the Up Thrust, and the Dash Attack.
|Special Mid Attack|
|Guard Break properties|
|Guard Impact properties|
|Switch to stance|
- Combo Moves
Like all Soulcalibur II characters, Link has a total of 11 weapons to choose from. His starting and most-balanced weapon is the Master Sword and Hylian Shield, and the rest of the weapons must be bought in shops in various cities in the Weapon Master Mode.
Master Sword & Hylian Shield
|Free||Well-balanced||A magic sword and shield that have accompanied Link on many adventures and helped him repeatedly save the land of Hyrule. This journey is no less dire, and Link once again goes into battle equipped with these items, this time in another world. These are well-balanced arms for Link.|
|600 Gold|| Attack goes up 25%
Takes 15% block damage
|A sword forged by the blacksmith from the Mountain Village on Snowhead. The blacksmith is famous for his perfectionism—this sword is yet another excellent example of of his craftsmanship and boasts an amazingly sharp cutting edge. Unfortunately, the metal used to forge this blade is prone to chipping, so there remains some concern about its defensive capabilities.|
|900 Gold|| Defense decreases 30%
Offense increases with Soul Charge 40% (deteriorates)
|A sword and shield from one of the living Armos statues that dot the land of Hyrule. The origins of these items are shrouded in mystery, much like the Armos themselves. Concentrating one's will increases the weapons' power, but they are a bit too heavy for Link and he cannot use them effectively for guarding.|
|1,200 Gold|| Offense goes up 35%
|An extremely heavy hammer. Learning to use it effectively could take some time, as its reach is somewhat short for a weapon. Its power and toughness, however, far exceed that of any normal sword. It's guaranteed to inspire awe.|
Cane of Byrna
|1,600 Gold|| Soul Charge boosts offense up to 50%
Soul Charge lowers damage received by 25%
Soul Charge recovers up to 32 HP each time
|An ancient magic staff that grants protection to heroes. It can be used even by those who are not sorcerers as long as their hearts are pure. It is said that praying to the staff with all one's heart will shroud the user in light and fill him with vitality. Because it is not a true weapon, it usually does not fare well when it clashes against an opponent's weapon.|
|2,200 Gold|| Hits taken are counters
33% of damage received is inflicted back onto opponent
|A mirror-like shield found in the Spirit Temple. It is an amazing work of art, and there are few who would argue that it is not one of the finest shields in Hyrule. It is said that its surface reflects not only light but hostile intent as well.|
Magic Sword & Magic Shield
|3,000 Gold|| Causes 40% block damage
Weak against physical impact
|Ancient arms hidden deep in an underground tomb. This powerful sword holds an enchantment that counters the forces of darkness, and its holy aura allows it to deliver damage to the enemy even without making physical contact. The shield is enchanted with a spell that protects its user from enemy magic, but the actual shield itself is quite old and is weak against physical impact.|
|4,000 Gold|| Long reach
Drains 3 HP per attack
|A masterfully crafted long sword forged by the best blacksmith in Hyrule, Biggoron, who lives on Death Mountain. Designed specifically for Link, it is made to be wielded with one hand. Even so, swinging it with full force gets tiring after a while.|
Soul Edge (Complete)
|7,700 Gold|| Offense goes up 40%
Defense goes up 35%
Drains 2 HP per second
|An evil blade with a reputation for devouring souls. This weapon is also known to be a shape-shifter—which form it takes depends on its current owner. The forms it has taken are legendary, as are the souls of the renowned warriors it has consumed. Only those with great mental discipline can retain their will while wielding this weapon. It consumes the souls of those who fall before the blade, and also the soul of its wielder.|
Great Fairy Sword
|9,800 Gold|| Attack goes up 20%
Gains 5 HP per second
Takes 20% block damage
|A sword blessed by the Great Fairy, rumored to be able to reflect any and all dark magic. Merely holding it fills the wielder with strength, but unfortunately, its protective power did not survive intact in this world, and it is no longer able to resist enemy attacks.|
|12,500 Gold|| Offense decreases 80%
Defenses decreases 80%
|A long-handled net used for catching bugs. This item is an old companion of Link's and has appeared on many of his adventures—it accompanies him on this adventure as well. Obviously, it is not a weapon, but perhaps it will cause opponents to let down their guard.|
- Link's Destined Battle in Arcade mode is against Raphael.
- The overworld theme from The Legend of Zelda is used in Link's profile viewer and destined battle theme. It is also played if Link was used in Eurydice Shrine gallery.
- Link's stage is the Ostrheinsburg Chapel and his alternate stage is Eurydice Shrine Gallery.
- Link can buy the Soul Edge for 7,800 Gold in the Castor Shop while playing the Weapon Master mode. Link's Soul Edge causes for his defense and offense to increase to 135% and 140%, respectively; however, it drains his health by 2 HP every second.
- Instead of having the standard two or three costumes like every other character, Link has 4 different costumes: green, red, blue, and violet. His two starter costumes are the green and red tunic. To obtain the Blue Tunic, the player must buy it in the Castor Shop for 21,000 Gold, found in the Extra Chapter 1 of the Weapon Master mode. Only after buying the Blue Tunic can the player buy the Blue Ring Tunic from the original The Legend of Zelda, which is sold for the same price as the Blue Tunic.
- The Wii U version of the game includes many Nintendo-themed costumes for the characters, including Link, Ganon, Princess Zelda and Sheik, based predominantly on their Super Smash Bros. Brawl appearances. The Link costume includes the Master Sword.
- The buses in the game are named as 'Epona' model buses.
- A costume of Link in his Skyward Sword incarnation with the Master Sword, Hylian Shield, and the Sacred Bow is available in Monster Hunter 4 after completing a quest where players have to defeat monsters known as Jinouga, Kirin, and Rajang. These monsters are chosen to represent Power, Wisdom and Courage, the three aspects of the Triforce. Defeating them grants the player a Triforce ticket that can be used to obtain the item set.
- The Palico companions in Monster Hunter X for the Nintendo 3DS will be able to wear a Toon Link costume as a form of DLC. This will grant them his appearance, with the only major changes being cat ears, a cat's tail, and whiskers. They are able to use Wind Waker as a melee weapon to strike enemies. The costume also has the completed Master Sword and the Mirror Shield attached to its back.
Television and Movies
- In one episode, Mario is rescuing some aliens known as Quirks from Moon Man Koopa. In the episode, the Quirks sing a song to stop Koopa. The song that the Quirks play is the beginning theme from the Zelda cartoon.
- Princess Zelda and Link make guest appearances throughout the second season of this television series.
- In the episode "Time To Rob and Slam", when the show's main characters Cyd and Shelby watch Barry's favorite movie "Spark Dynamo", a white Triforce is shown in the background near the end of the episode.
- Whenever there is a 404 error on Nintendo UK's official website, the page will show Error and quote "Perhaps it's south of King's Tomb".
Bayonetta 2 Nintendo costumes
MK8 Hyrule Circuit
MH4 Link costume
MHX Toon Link costume
Fatal Frame V Nintendo costumes
Tri Force Heroes Links sprite in SMM
- "Vehicle Troubles? It's dangerous to go alone--take one of these!" — Funky Kong (Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze)
- "In The Great Cave Offensive in the Kirby Super Star game, Kirby can find treasures based on classic games like Super Mario Bros., EarthBound, and The Legend of Zelda. Developers wanted to return the favor, since Kirby got to make an appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening!" — Nintendo, Kirby's 20th Anniversary - Sneak Peek at Kirby secrets and tips, Nintendo.com, published 2012, retrieved September 18, 2012.
- "This pack adds three characters, four vehicles, and eight courses to Mario Kart 8." — N/A, [ Pack 1: The Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8], Nintendo eShop, published August 27, 2014, retrieved August 30, 2014.
- MIGS 2007: Retro Studios On The Journey Of Metroid Prime - Gamasutra
- The Legend of Zelda - Golden Sun Universe Retrieved on 14 February, 2011
- Collectible Badge Center Legend of Zelda Unlockables
- Brian, Collectible Badge Center adds Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Swapnote Nikki, and other badges, Nintendo Everything, retrieved November 5, 2015.
- Brian, Collectible Badge Center update – Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, Kirby, Nintendo Everything, retrieved November 5, 2015.
- GameXplain, 8-Bit Mario & Zelda Secrets in Splatoon, YouTube, published May 22, 2015, retrieved May 25, 2015.
- Mr.Bean, Octorok from Zelda II, Miiverse, published May 30, 2015, retrieved May 30, 2015.
- "Once you and your puppy have bonded in Nintendogs + Cats, you can get a kitten from the kennel, too! The standard kittens come in varieties, like tiger striped or calico. On that subject, did you know that less than one percent of calicos are born male? They're like Gerudo of the cat world!" — N/A (Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U)
- Bayonetta 2 - Zelda & Metroid Costumes (E3 2014)
- "Just as the people were about to lose all hope, the sun miraculously returned. Link, who was summoned by Zelda to find the cause of the disasters, successfully defeated the magician. The people of Hyrule rejoiced in the belief that eternal peace would rule. Unfortunately, this was not to be. It became clear that the magician responsible for the disasters was in fact controlled by an evil sword called Soul Edge, which existed in an another world." — Link's Profile (Soulcalibur II)
- "Knowing that the resurrection of the evil blade must be prevented at all costs, Link chose to travel to the other world and destroy Soul Edge. Link gathered his trusted Master Sword, Hylian Shield, and Ocarina, and set off on a secret journey." — Link's Profile (Soulcalibur II)
- "Link came to this world in order to defeat the evil which threatened Hyrule. After a long journey, Link finally succeeded in sealing away the terrible evil. In doing so, he not only saved his homeland from peril, but also maintained the tranquility of this world. Link then quietly left this world--a faint echo of his Ocarina was all that remained." — Ending of Arcade Mode (Soulcalibur II)
- "Fearsome demonic weapon said to excel in offense and defense...." — Weapon description (Soulcalibur II)
- "That page is missing. Perhaps it's south of King's Tomb…" — 404 – I AM ERROR, Nintendo UK, retrieved September 29, 2014.