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The Legend of Zelda series has been referenced numerous times in other media. Elements and characters from the series have appeared in a number of Nintendo games and other licensed, related media.

This listing is not to be confused with cameos, which are appearances with little to no effect on the game itself, and may not always be immediately obvious to the player. For instances of The Legend of Zelda series cameos in other media, see Cameos of The Legend of Zelda in other media. For unlicensed parodies and homages in other media, see The Legend of Zelda in popular culture.

Nintendo franchises[]

Animal Crossing franchise[]

Main article: Animal Crossing
ACNL Zelda Items

Zelda items in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Throughout the Animal Crossing series, a number of objects and characters from The Legend of Zelda series make cameos in the form of furniture, clothing and accessories. Some of the Villagers also tend to make references to The Legend of Zelda series, either from an iconic quote or mentioning a The Legend of Zelda character by name.

Daigasso! Band Brothers series[]

A number of Zelda theme songs can be played in the Daigasso! Band Brothers games, some of which must first be downloaded.

Donkey Kong franchise[]


Cranky's Video Game Heroes in Donkey Kong Country 2

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble[]

  • 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 in the Game Boy Advance remake.

Donkey Konga series[]

  • In the Donkey Konga series, The Legend of Zelda theme is featured in a number of games, including the original, Hit Song Parade, and Donkey Konga 3.
  • In the original Donkey Konga, the player can buy a The Legend of Zelda-themed bongo sound set.

Kirby franchises[]


Sword Kirby firing a Sword Beam in Kirby Super Star

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.[2]

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[]

Mario franchise[]

Super Mario Bros. 3[]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[]

  • If Mario sleeps at the inn at Rose Town, Link will be sleeping in the bed next to him. If Mario attempts to talk to him, the classic Zelda discovery jingle will play.

Super Mario Sunshine[]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[]

  • One of the items obtained from the Starbeans Café is the Great Force, a yellow triangle resembling a piece of 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 and redesigned. Link was originally supposed to appear and give the Triforce to the brothers.[4]
  • 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.

Super Paper Mario[]

  • Throughout the game, Mario is guided by a hint-giving Pixl named Tippi. Her fairy-like appearance and role is likely a reference to Navi.
  • When Mimi insists that Mario pays for a vase he broke, she will not accept coins, as she prefers to use octagonal gems called "Rubees", a reference to Rupees. The Flipside Token also strongly resembles a Rupee.

Super Mario Galaxy[]

  • In the third mission of the Good Egg Galaxy, Mario fights giant creatures that resemble Deku Scrubs firing cannonballs at him.
  • Game director Yoshiaki Koizumi said in an interview with Nintendo Power (issue #225) that the battle strategy against the boss Megaleg was inspired by what was originally going to be used for the final battle against Ganon in Ocarina of Time, which was scrapped due to difficulty on camera control.

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 Legend of Zelda series and was created to honor the game's 25th anniversary. The course is played predominantly from a top-down perspective and involves 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" jingle to play. The course also includes traps that mimic those that appear in Zelda dungeons, such as Guruguru Bars and Rolling Spike Traps.

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 Rainbow Run takes Mario to an area composed of black blocks that form an 8-bit Link sprite from 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[]

MK8 Link Title Screen

The title screen of Mario Kart 8 featuring Link

  • A Zelda-themed DLC 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 pack also contains a Zelda-themed vehicle with matching 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.[5] 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.

Yoshi's Woolly World[]

  • Using any amiibo unlocks a pattern for Yoshi based on that character. These include all five Zelda-related amiibo.

Super Mario Maker[]

SMM Link Costume

8-bit Link costume from 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-themed jingles play when Mario is transformed into these characters and when the D-pad is pressed up. Costumes based on "Totem Link" (based on the three Links from Tri Force Heroes) and Tetra also appear and can be unlocked through Event Courses and updates, respectively.
  • The sprite used for the Sea Urchin enemies was reused in Super Mario Maker when placing a Super Mario World-style spike object in an underwater setting.

Super Mario Maker 2[]

Main article: Super Mario Maker 2
SMM2 Link Transform

Link transformation from Super Mario Maker 2

In the Ver. 2.0.0 update, promoted as A Legendary Update,[6] Link was added as a playable character through the use of the Master Sword power-up.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[]

The fourth chapter in the game has Mario sailing across an ocean called The Great Sea on a boat with similar mechanics to the King of Red Lions from The Wind Waker. In order to unlock a dungeon called the Sea Tower, which looks similar to the Tower of the Gods from the outside, Mario must travel to Diamond Island and complete the Trials of Power, Courage and Wisdom to collect the three sacred orbs, which is a reference to the Golden Goddesses and the Goddess Pearls. When arriving on Diamond Island, Captain T. Ode remarks on the scenery by saying "It seems so familiar. I would swear I've heard a legend about this place. I won't try to force a name upon it."

A reference to Breath of the Wild can be found earlier in the game, where a Toad in Autumn Mountain complains he doesn't have enough stamina to climb a wall, before commenting that at least it isn't raining.

In the Japanese version, the Whispering Woods area is known as デクの山 (Deku Mountain). One of its inhabitants, an elderly tree stump named Ol' Grandsappy, is called デクじい (Grandfather Deku). His face has similarities to the Great Deku Tree from Ocarina of Time.

Metroid franchise[]

Metroid Prime 3 Crest Sticker

The Royal Crest bumper sticker from Metroid Prime 3

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes[]

  • The game's concept of light/dark duality, as well as the collection of Temple Keys, is comparable 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.[7]

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption[]

  • Players can unlock a special feature known as Bumper Stickers, which decorates Samus's Gunship with stickers based on certain Nintendo games that have data stored in the players' Wii consoles. One of the stickers is the Wing Crest from Twilight Princess.

Picross series[]

Picross NP[]

  • Volume 5 and 8 of the Nintendo Power Picross series had its "Character" section based on Ocarina of Time. In the latter game, these puzzles are available in the "Character Extra" section, which is unlocked after completing all 96 of the original puzzles. The images used are of Navi, the Fairy Ocarina, the Keaton Mask, the Fairy Slingshot, Kaepora Gaebora, Link, Princess Ruto, Epona, Darunia, Deku Scrub and Ganondorf.

Picross DS[]

Picross DS Link
  • Level 11 of Normal Mode, unlocked after completing the 10 other levels, is based on different Nintendo characters. Puzzle 11-L is based on the original Link sprite.
  • Volume 5 of Picross NP was also made available as a "My Picross" download in the game. Pack 7, released in August 27, 2008 only for the North American version contains the Ocarina of Time puzzles, with them being puzzles 7B-7H.

Club Nintendo Picross[]

  • Two puzzles in "Easy Picross" and fifteen puzzles in "Normal Picross" are based on Zelda characters and items. A larger, multi-part "Micross" puzzle shows artwork of Link from Skyward Sword, and when completed, plays the music heard when Link obtains the Goddess Sword. Unlike in earlier Picross titles, the images do not become animated when puzzles are completed.

Club Nintendo Picross Plus[]

  • This update/sequel features six new Zelda puzzles and a new "Micross" puzzle showing Link from A Link Between Worlds, which plays the "Get Item" fanfare when completed. Nine Zelda puzzles from the original Club Nintendo Picross are reused as "Mega Picross" puzzles, which contain hint numbers spanning over two rows.

Picross 3D: Round 2[]

P3DR2 Link Puzzle Complete

The "Link" puzzle in Picross 3D: Round 2

  • One of the nine puzzles that can be unlocked with amiibo features Link, in his Ocarina of Time 3D appearance, riding Epona.

Pikmin franchise[]

Hey! Pikmin[]

  • In Area E of Sector 2, known as "The Keeper of the Lake", a blue Ocarina nearly identical in design to the Ocarina of Time appears as a treasure called the Unexamined Nest. It is the reward for defeating the boss of Sector 2, the Long Water Dumple. It is worth 1000 Sparklium.
HP Unexamined Nest Model
Unexamined Nest

I recovered this from inside the giant water creature. It's...a nest of some kind? I'm too nervous to see what lives in it. I...I don't need to analyze all of these things! It's not my job!

  • In Area A of Sector 3, known as the "Crystal Tunnels", one of the treasures that can obtained is a Link's Awakening DX cartridge called the Attention-Getting Logo. It is worth 200 Sparklium.
HP Attention-Getting Logo Model
Attention-Getting Logo

I can't read the writing, but the shape and color of the letters are very striking. The sword and shield behind the large, jagged glyph project an air of strength and confidence. A business or product could do very well with this type of logo. Maybe I should bring it back with me and show it to the company president to give him some ideas.

Pikmin 4[]

Splatoon series[]

Splatoon 3[]

  • A Splatfest event was announced to promote the release of Tears of the Kingdom. Players were prompted to make a choice between Power, Wisdom, or Courage, represented by silhouettes of Ganondorf, Zelda, and Link respectively, as well as the symbols of corresponding to their respective pieces of the Triforce. The event was announced on April 14, 2023, and it ran between May 5 to May 7.
    • The Tricolor Turf War stage was Scorch Gorge, which resembles the Gerudo Highlands. The stage had a custom layout unique to this specific Splatfest, being the first to utilize a three-point symmetrical layout. The layout of the stage layout resembled the Triforce, with markings of it seen at the center of the stage.
    • T-shirts were also announced to be releasing in celebration of the Splatfest, bearing the designs of the main Splatfest poster.

Tetris series[]

Tetris DS cameo

A Zelda-themed Tetris puzzle in Tetris DS

Tetris (NES)[]

  • 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, a secret ending with various Nintendo characters, including Link, is unlocked.

Tetris DS[]

  • This version features Link prominently and includes a number of Zelda-themed puzzles.

Tetris 99[]

  • There are two unlockable themes based on The Legend of Zelda ; The Legend of Zelda, purchased with tickets, and Skyward Sword HD, obtainable through participating in the 23rd Maximus Cup.[10]

WarioWare series[]

Main article: WarioWare
Mega Microgame$! The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda microgame from WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, based on the identically titled game

Several of 9-Volt's and 18-Volt's microgames are based on games of The Legend of Zelda series, and some of their games feature The Legend of Zelda elements amongst other Nintendo properties. In WarioWare Gold, one of The Legend of Zelda microgames is part of 5-Volt's set.

WarioWare: Snapped! and Game & Wario are the only WarioWare games without any references to The Legend of Zelda.

Other Nintendo Games[]

Amiibo Tap: Nintendo's Greatest Bits[]

Demo versions of The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, and A Link to the Past are unlockable by scanning The Legend of Zelda amiibo.

AR Games[]

The built-in Nintendo 3DS app allows players to take augmented reality photos with various Nintendo characters using AR Cards bundled with the console. One of the AR Cards features Link in his Spirit Tracks appearance. When altering Link's pose, he will either make a shout or, when he holds up a Red Rupee, the "Get Item" fanfare will be heard.

Art Style: PiCTOBiTS[]

  • Two of the stages are based on The 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,[11] and the second being a rock-themed remix of the Death Mountain music.[12]

Game & Watch Gallery 4[]


  • Several apparel items as well as room decor based on The Legend of Zelda have been made available for the application. Many of these items are available only as redeemable rewards in My Nintendo. Apparel items include Link's Wig (based on Twilight Princess's Link), Link's New Hair Wig (based on Breath of the Wild's Link), 8-Bit Link Tee, and the Bow & Arrows (based on Breath of the Wild's Champion Shirt). Decor items include matching wallpaper and flooring based on Breath of the Wild.


  • In both the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch versions of the game, scanning any Link, Zelda, Sheik, or Ganondorf amiibo will reward the player with a matching Mii costume based on that character.

Nintendo Badge Arcade[]

Nintendo Badge Arcade Logo

Nintendo Badge Arcade logo

Numerous badges based on sprites and artwork from The Legend of Zelda series can be collected in this Free-to-play application by playing a selection of Claw crane games. These can be used to decorate the HOME Menu of the Nintendo 3DS.[14] More badges were occasionally released through weekly updates, until new badge additions were discontinued on May 26th, 2017 in Japan,[15]

The Arcade Bunny would frequently comment on his favorite The Legend of Zelda characters and other aspects of the series.

Nintendo Land[]

  • One of the mini-games is called The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, and is a direct homage to the series. The player takes on the role of Link and fights many monsters from the series in familiar landscapes.
  • 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.

nintendogs + cats[]

  • In the Augmented Reality Camera mode, using the Link AR Card bundled with the Nintendo 3DS will dress the player's pet in Link's cap, complete with blond hair.

Ring Fit Adventure[]

StreetPass Mii Plaza[]

  • The application utilizes and exchanges Miis through StreetPass to play an assortment of mini-games. Miis can be dressed up in accessories which can be received in mini-games or through events. Some of the possible accessories include the Link Costume, which dresses the Mii in Link's tunic and cap; the Princess Zelda Wig, which features jewelry and pointed ears; and the Sheik Mask. Other hats are available featuring the Triforce, a green Rupee, a treasure chest, and busts of Epona and Tingle.
  • StreetPass Mii Plaza also features a mini-game called Puzzle Swap, which features several animated panels based on various Nintendo games and characters. There are several panels explicitly based on The Legend of Zelda series.
SMP Puzzle Swap The Legend of Zelda

"The Legend of Zelda" panel

    • The panel entitled "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 squares rising and rotating, and a drifting cloud cover that lets a little, yellow light through.
SMP Puzzle Swap Ocarina of Time 3D

"The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D" panel

    • The panel entitled "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D" features an 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 move any further away as Epona gallops (to maintain the loop). The time cycles through day and night.
SMP Puzzle Swap Nintendo Starlets

"Nintendo Starlets" panel

    • The panel entitled "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. Each of the characters appear above a color-matched flower, with all of them rotating in a carousel fashion and performing a specific animation when facing the camera.
SMP Puzzle Swap Skyward Sword

"The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword" panel

    • The panel entitled "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.
SMP Puzzle Swap NES Remix


    • The panel entitled "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 Octorok in their The Legend of Zelda appearances; as well as Link, a Bot and an Old Woman in their The Adventure of Link appearances. In the animation, Link in his The Legend of Zelda appearance obtains a Triforce Shard, which then transitions to a spritesheet. The spritesheet at the end of the animation depicts the Old Man from the Great Palace, a Small Key, and a red Daira in addition to Link holding up the Triforce. Using the Circle Pad to shift the camera at various points in the animation also reveals Ganon, Aquamentus, a Moblin and a Bomb in their The Legend of Zelda appearances, and a lady from The Adventure of Link carrying a Dr. Mario pill.
    • The panel entitled "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.

Style Savvy: Fashion Forward[]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[]


  • In the Lesson Store, four Lesson packs exclusively featuring games from The Legend of Zelda series can be purchased. Two feature Ocarina of Time and two feature The Wind Waker.
  • Two other Lesson packs also feature characters, items and symbols from The Legend of Zelda series alongside other Nintendo series. The Bronze Glitter & Stationary Set contains stationery, one with the Hylian Shield and one with the Wingcrest (referred to as the Hylian Crest), and the Nintendo Premium Pack contains a green stationery with Link from The Wind Waker and a Lesson to draw the head of Link from The Wind Waker.

Wii Music[]

  • One of the playable songs is the title theme of The Legend of Zelda.

Third-party games[]

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.

Another Code: Trace Memory[]

In the New Game Plus mode, the player can find a book in the library called The Legend of Zelda Chronology, although they can't actually read it. This was before The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia was published.

Bayonetta series[]

Bayonetta and Acceptance by Eiji Funahashi

Artwork of Bayonetta dressed as Link while posing with an Acceptance

In the Wii U version of Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, the titular character Bayonetta and the side character 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 Legend of Zelda series also appear, such as collectible Rupees and jingles that play when opening a locked door or a chest.

Diablo III: Eternal Collection[]

The Nintendo Switch version of Diablo III features a Ganondorf Transmogrification set, a Cucco pet, and Triforce portrait frame. Armor based on Link's Tunic was planned, but was scrapped during development.[citation needed]

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[]

In the Nintendo Switch version of Skyrim, amiibo functionality has been added to summon Treasure Chests. The Legend of Zelda amiibo have a chance of including the exclusive items: the Master Sword, Hylian Shield, or Champion's Tunic. These items can also be found in a Treasure Chest on top of the Throat of the World. Additionally, male Bosmer have been given a unique blue eye color.

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water[]

In the Wii U version only, 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.

Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes[]

If there is saved data for The Wind Waker on a memory card in the Nintendo GameCube, Psycho Mantis will prove his telekinetic powers to Solid Snake during their encounter by reading the data and asking if he likes The Legend of Zelda.[17]

Monster Hunter series[]

Monster Hunter 4[]

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.

Monster Hunter Generations[]

The Palico companions in Monster Hunter Generations are able to wear a Toon Link costume as a form of DLC. This costume grants them his appearance, with the only major changes being cat ears, a cat's tail, and whiskers. They are able to use the Wind Waker as a melee weapon to strike enemies. The costume also has the complete Master Sword and the Mirror Shield attached to its back.
The costume of Link from Skyward Sword in Monster Hunter 4 is also available in Monster Hunter Generations.

Monster Hunter Stories[]

The main character dresses as Link while wielding the Master Sword.
Epona can be unlocked as a Monster Mount for riding into combat.
The Palico ally, Nabiru, can wear the Skull Kid's hat and Majora's Mask.

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate[]

The main character can wear the Champion's Tunic, and the Hylian Trousers and Hood. A costume based on a Korok also appears.

Nobody Saves the World[]

The Master Sword appears on a wall together with several other iconic video game swords, including the Monado from Xenoblade Chronicles, the Buster Sword from Final Fantasy VII, and a Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts, among others.

One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X[]

One Piece Link Costume

Zoro's Link costume from 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.

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.

Sky: Children of The Light[]

Sky Children of The Light - Switch Starter Pack

Two Sky Kid's wearing the equipment from the Nintendo Switch Starter Pack.

Developed by Thatgamecompany, Sky: Children of The Light is the spiritual successor/sequel to Sony's Journey, available for free download on Apple devices, Android devices, and Nintendo Switch. Unlike Journey, which was also developed by TGC, the game features multiple customizable items. Including clothes, instruments, hair styles, masks, and accessories. Those who purchase the Nintendo Switch Starter Pack, either for themselves or gift it to another player, will receive The Legend of Zelda themed items alongside two capes themed around the red and blue Joycons. The "Elf Hair" is based off of Link's appearance from Breath of the Wild, and the instrument is a blue-colored Ocarina named the Vessel Flute.

Sonic Lost World[]

Zelda Zone Logo

The Legend of Zelda Zone artwork

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 The Legend of Zelda series, including enemies, objects, and sounds. Link himself appears in his Skyward Sword incarnation.

Soulcalibur II[]

Main article: SoulCalibur II
SCII Link Artwork

Artwork of Link for SoulCalibur II

Link is a playable character in the GameCube version of SoulCalibur II.

Taiko no Tatsujin Series[]

Taiko no Tatsujin: Yellow Version[]

The arcade game Yellow Version and its later incarnations Blue Version and Green Version feature a remixed Breath of the Wild medley, added to Yellow Version in the version 2.07 update.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival[]

One of the featured songs is an orchestral version of The Legend of Zelda (Theme).[18]

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.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes[]

A Special Legendary T-shirt based on The Adventure of Link was released for free alongside a patch on February 28, 2019.[19]

Warriors series[]

Shin Sangoku Musou VS[]

The game features a costume of Link based on his Skyward Sword incarnation. The costume is equipped with the True Master Sword and the Hylian Shield; however, the equipment are only cosmetic display and cannot actually be used.

Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3[]

A special set of costumes based on the Hyrule Warriors incarnations of Link and Zelda are available for the game's customizable main protagonist. The costumes are unlocked in the 3DS version of the game if players have save data from the game's demo. The costumes are exclusive to the Japanese version of the game as the demo was not released internationally.


The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![]

Captain N: The Game Master[]

  • Link and Princess Zelda make guest appearances throughout the second season of the television series.


Super Mario-kun[]

Main article: Super Mario-kun

The Legend of Zelda content has sometimes appeared in Super Mario-kun, especially in volume 4.

Unused references[]

Animal Crossing (GCN)[]

Super Mario Odyssey[]

  • Prior to the version 1.2.0 update, there existed data and descriptions referencing a Link costume for Mario to wear.[20] It was never included in the final game.


Uniracers Link Cameo
  • During development, the various tours were named after Nintendo franchises. The first tour was called "Zelda" and was represented by an original sprite of Link. These were removed from the final release but can be seen during a trailer on a Nintendo Power Previews tape.[21]


Video Gallery[]

Monster Hunter Stories × The Legend of Zelda trailer
Monster Hunter XX × The Legend of Zelda trailer
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate × The Legend of Zelda trailer

See Also[]


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