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The Trendy Gamester is a character in Link's Awakening.[2][note 1]


The Trendy Game Shop Owner runs the Trendy Game in Mabe Village. For a fee of 10 Rupees, he will let Link play a single round where he may earn one of the shop's prizes. The Trendy Game Shop Owner will also give Link a short instruction on how to operate the Trendy Game's Crane.[4]

If Link brings Marin to the Trendy Game, she will ask to play a round, which Link will pay for. However, she grabs the Trendy Game Shop Owner with the Crane instead. The Trendy Game Shop Owner compliments Marin on her expertise, but then angrily demands that she and Link leave.[5]


  • The Trendy Game Shop Owner might be based on Takamitsu Kuzuhara, one of Link's Awakening's programmers.[6]


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
JapanJapaneseゲーム屋 (Gēmu-ya) (LANS)Game Owner
NetherlandsDutchEigenaar (LANS) 
FranceFrenchEUGérant du Jeu de Hasard (LA)[7]
Gérant de la salle de jeu (LANS)
Trendy Game Manager
GermanyGermanBesitzer des Wunderkrans (LADX)[8]
Kemenaten-Betreiber (LANS)
Boudoir Operator
ItalyItalianGestore (LANS) 
South KoreaKorean바람의 물고기 (Balam-ui Mulgogi) (LANS) 
RussiaRussianВладелец «Зала удачи» (Vladelets «Zala udachi») (LANS)Owner of the "Hall of Fortune"
SpainSpanishEUDependiente (LANS) 
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  1. Trendy Gamester was referred to as the Trendy Game Shop Owner prior to Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch.[3] However, as this contradicts the name given in Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch, it is not considered Canon.


  1. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 106
  2. "Trendy Gamester" — N/A (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch)
  3. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 233
  4. "The A and B Buttons move the crane...The rest is just timing! Go over to the buttons to play! Good Luck!" — Trendy Game Shop Owner (Link's Awakening DX)
  5. "You're good! You're a pro, aren't you? ... ... ... ... Well, beat it! Pros aren't allowed in here!" — Trendy Game Shop Owner (Link's Awakening DX)
  6. "See if you can find me running a shop in the game. Let's meet again somewhere in Link's Awakening." —Takamitsu Kuzuhara (Staff Questionnaire)
  7. Encyclopedia (Les Éditions Soleil) pg. 233
  8. Encyclopedia (TOKYOPOP) pg. 233