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The Animal Crossing series is a video game series created by Nintendo. The games involve the player's character living amongst other animal villagers.

Relevance to The Legend of Zelda[]

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Zelda items in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

A number of objects and characters from The Legend of Zelda series make cameos in the form of furniture, clothing and accessories. Some of these furniture items and accessories have returned in subsequent Animal Crossing games.

The Master Sword appears as a piece of furniture in the original Animal Crossing, Wild World, City Folk, and New Leaf. It is part of the "Nintendo Set" of furniture. Interacting with it plays the "get item" jingle. It is set in the Pedestal of Time, with its Twilight Princess design in City Folk and its Skyward Sword design in New Leaf.

The Triforce appears as a piece of furniture in Wild World, City Folk and New Leaf. It is part of the "Nintendo Set" of 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's title screen.

Kafei's and Anju's outfits appear as clothes in the original Animal Crossing only. Anju's Shirt is worn by Aziz, while Kaffe's outfit is worn by Boris and Becky.

Link's hat and clothes appear in City Folk and New Leaf. Link's pants and boots also appear in New Leaf.

The Majora's Mask appears as a mask accessory in City Folk and New Leaf.

Midna's Fused Shadow appears as a hat in City Folk and New Leaf.

Tingle's hood appears as a hat in New Leaf.

Makar's mask appears in New Leaf.

A mask resembling Fi's face appears in New Leaf.

Animal Crossing[]

Scanning certain e-Reader cards adds Zelda-based pattern designs that can be used as wallpaper, clothing, etc.[citation needed]

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.[1]

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.

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.

Animal Crossing: Wild World[]

Villagers occasionally talk about a boy in green who shot things out of the air with a Slingshot.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf[]

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."

Through the Welcome amiibo update, it is possible to scan a Zelda character amiibo to bring a Zelda-themed RV to the town's campground. The Zelda-themed RVs each contain an animal villager based on a Zelda character. They are:

  • A cranky pig villager based on Ganon. (Obtained from Ganondorf, Classic Link, Guardian, and Bokoblin)
  • A peppy horse villager based on Epona. (Obtained from Sheik, Ocarina of Time Link, Rider Link, and Majora's Mask Link)
  • A normal bird villager based on Medli. (Obtained from both versions of Toon Link, The Wind Waker Zelda, Breath of the Wild Zelda, and Zelda and Loftwing)
  • A smug wolf villager based on Wolf Link, known as W. Link in-game. (Obtained from Smash Link, Smash Zelda, Smash Young Link, Wolf Link, Archer Link, Twilight Princess Link, Skyward Sword Link, and Link's Awakening Link)
  • In addition, the birthdays of these four characters are the Japanese release dates of their debut games.

Each character's RV features exclusive Zelda-themed decor that can be purchased with MEOW Coupons. These include:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons[]

When talking about island evals with Isabelle, she quotes a comment from a villager about the current state of the island. One of these quotes contains the iconic phrase from The Legend of Zelda, "It's a secret to everybody."[2]

Sometimes when the player wakes Gulliver up on the beach, he may mumble "But, verily, it be the nature of dreams to end", a quote spoken by the Wind Fish.



  1. "Ye ever spend the night in a Hyrulian prison?" — Kapp'n (Animal Crossing)
  2. "It's a place I've been quietly watching. It's a secret to everybody. I don't want it to be famous." — Isabelle (Animal Crossing: New Horizons)

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