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
- The Master Sword is available as an item.
- Kafei's and Anju's shirt are available as clothes.
- Scanning certain e-Reader cards added Zelda based pattern designs to 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 "I wonder if it's Hylian?"
- Gulliver and Kapp'n make references to Hyrule, such as a Hyrulean prison.
- Tortimer tells a story about him defeating the great sea snakes at Pinnacle Rock.
- In some villagers' houses, if the player looks inside some furniture 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.
- Animal Crossing: Wild World
- The Triforce and Master Sword appear as furniture.
- Villagers occasionally talk about a boy in green who shot things out of the air with a Slingshot.
- Animal Crossing: City Folk
- The Triforce and Master Sword also appear as furniture.
- Link's hat and clothes, Majora's Mask, and Midna's Fused Shadows appear as clothing.
- The Triforce and Master Sword also appear as furniture. When interacted with, the three parts of the Triforce separate and twirl before reforming, mimicking the animation and sound effects of the A Link to the Past title screen. When interacting with the Master Sword, it plays the get item jingle from Skyward Sword.
- Link's hat, clothes, pants, and boots appear as clothing.
- Majora's Mask, Tingle's Hood, Makar's mask, Midna's Fused Shadows, and Fi's mask 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 Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest
- 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.
- Donkey Kong Land 2
- As a remake of the SNES adventure, this game also includes the same Video Game Heroes lineup as the Super NES equivalent.
- Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble
- If the main characters buy a shell from Bazaar's Shop, ask him about a castle, and refuse to pay for the story; Bazaar will tell them a story about another boy who asked about a castle and paid for it in Rupees.
- Donkey Konga
- 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.
- Donkey Konga 3: Tabehoudai! Haru Mogitate 50 Kyoku
- This game contains a song based on The Legend of Zelda theme.
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
- 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, and Kirby gains many abilities based on those used by Link, such as the Sword Beam and Down Thrust, and in Kirby's Return to Dream Land he is even able to use Link's trademark Spin Attack, complete with him charging energy before the attack is unleashed.
- Kirby Super Star
- 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.
- On Level 3 of Paint Roller's minigame, Kirby sometimes has to draw a Triforce shape.
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
- One creature named Bonehead resembles a Bubble, which may or may not be a reference.
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- 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).
- Picross NP Vol. 5
- All of the puzzles in Character Mode are from The Legend of Zelda series. 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.
- Picross DS has 1 puzzle of the original Link sprite. Found as an unlockable following the completion of all 10 levels of Normal Mode.
- Yoshi's Story
- The player can read the word "Zelda" on the newspaper background in Stages 2-3 and 2-4.
- Mario Golf
- Random names of characters from other Nintendo games are put on the scoreboards. Darunia, Deku Scrub, Goron Kid, Impa, Link, Malon, Navi, Saria, Sheik, Talon, and Zelda are included.
- Super Mario Sunshine
- The character Il Piantissimo has a (masked) face reminiscent of the Running Man from Ocarina of Time and the Postman from Majora's Mask.
- Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga
- One of the items is the Great Force, a yellow triangle. The people at TMK discovered that the item was originally supposed to be the Triforce and Link was supposed to appear when the player got it.
- Mario Party 7
- Everytime a Cruise Secret is purchased, the text box says, "Shhh... It's a secret to everybody!"
- Super Paper Mario
- 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.
- Super Mario Galaxy
- 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.
- Super Mario Galaxy 2
- 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.
- Super Mario 3D Land
- 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.
- Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
- 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.
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
- 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.
- Super Mario 3D World
- 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.
- Mario Kart 8
- 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 Swoopers. 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.
- The DLC is available for purchase for $7.99 USD, though it may be bought in conjunction with the Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 bundle pack for $11.99 USD.
- Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
- 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.
- Interestingly, some game journalists and critics also compared this game to Majora's Mask, as both games are credited for being darker and more challenging than their respective predecessors, albeit also less influential.
- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
- Players can unlock a special feature known as Bumper Stickers, which decorates Samus' 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.
- Wario Land II
- A few Nintendo references appear in the form some of the Treasures Wario can obtain in each level. The treasure found in the Story "Get in the Tea Cup" is a gem that appears similar to a Rupee, while a blue Ocarina much like the Flute from A Link to the Past appears in "Stop that Train!". A staff resembling the Cane of Byrna appears in "Get to the Castle!!", while "Return the Hen to Her Nest" contains winged boots resembling the Boots from The Adventure of Link.
- WarioWare series
- Several of 9-Volt's games are based on The Legend of Zelda.
- During the credits, if the player pushes down the stars turn to Triforces.
- WarioWare: Smooth Moves
- Two of the minigames are based on various games of The Legend of Zelda series. One is based on The Wind Waker where the player's character flies with the Deku Leaf onto the wooden platform to reach the Forbidden Woods. The other is based on Ocarina of Time, where the Master Sword is pulled out of the Pedestal of Time. Plus, there is a pose called the Triforce.
Other Nintendo Games
- Art Style: PiCTOBiTS
- 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.
- F-1 Race
- Link roots for the player on Course 5.
- Golden Sun: The Lost Age
- Hidden within the game's source code is an un-used NPC sprite that greatly resembles Link.
- Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak
- 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.
- Kid Icarus: Uprising
- The Idol description for the Fairy Orbitars references Navi in the first sentence.
- Nintendo Land
- 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.
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
- In the special episode "Igglybuff the Prodigy", there is a cutscene involving a room in a dungeon filled with many Zelda dungeon puzzle-like implements that a character explains are probably all used to open the door in that room. A later cutscene involves the same character talking about a single simple, common (but reverse-solution) Zelda puzzle type found in front of him inside another dungeon.
- Pokémon Stadium 2
- 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.
- Pokémon X and Y
- 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.
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
- 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.
- Tomodachi Life
- 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".
- Trace Memory
- In the U.S. version, the bookshelf in the Silver Bird Room contains a book called "The Legend of Zelda Chronology".
- Wii Sports Resort
- One of the stamps that can be obtained in the archery minigame is called "It's a Secret to Everybody."
- Wii Party
- The description for the "Flashlight Frights" mini-game starts with "It's dangerous to go alone."
Licensed Third-party Game Cameos
- In the Wii U version of Bayonetta that is packaged with retail copies of Bayonetta 2, the titular character, Bayonetta, appears with multiple Nintendo-inspired outfits, including a Link costume. With this costume, she uses the Master Sword and Hylian Shield. 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 (along with a costume of Zero Suit Samus). 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.
- Ittle Dew
- 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.
- Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes
- If the player has a saved data The Wind Waker on the memory card, Psycho Mantis will mention this to Solid Snake.
- Monster Hunter 4
- Costumes of Link in his Skyward Sword incarnation for the players with the Master Sword, Hylian Shield and the Sacred Bow are available after completing a quest where you 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 Zelda item set.
- Phantasy Star 0
- 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.
- Scribblenauts Unlimited
- In the Wii U version of the game, many people and objects from the Mario and Zelda series can be created.
- Sonic Lost World
- 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.
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
- 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.
Television and Movies
- The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
- 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.
- Captain N: The Game Master
- Princess Zelda and Link make guest appearances throughout the second season of this television series.
The Master Sword in Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
Hyrule Circuit trailer
- "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.
- "Two new downloadable content packs will take the world of Mario Kart™ 8 in directions the franchise has never seen before, while significantly expanding game-play options. The packs, which launch this fall and next spring and are available for advance purchase starting August 27 at $7.99 each (or $11.99 for both when purchased as a bundle), deliver a ton of new content, including first-time crossover characters like Link™ from The Legend of Zelda™ franchise and both Isabelle and the Villager from the Animal Crossing™ series." — Nintendo, Advance purchase two new Mario Kart 8 DLC Packs and get a bonus, Nintendo.com, published August 27, 2014, retrieved August 30, 2014.
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- Metroid Prime 2: EGM Afterthoughts from 1UP.com
- The Legend of Zelda - Golden Sun Universe Retrieved on 14 February, 2011
- "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)