Link is the main protagonist of Nintendo’s video game series The Legend of Zelda. He is one of Nintendo’s main icons as well as one of the most well known and popular characters in video game history. Shigeru Miyamoto, which is the character’s creator, said that his full name is Link Link. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Link.
1. Link’s design in Ocarina of Time was changed after a developer’s wife said, “All of Nintendo’s characters have funny noses, Don’t you have any handsome ones?” Link was given a defined noses and pierced ears, making him, “sort of cool.” It was said that this new Link wouldn’t fit Nintendo’s style if he were too cool, and that is why he wears “long underwear.”
2. The medallions in Ocarina of Time were at one point equippable, and were used to warp to places in the world. They were removed and the Ocarina took their place.
3. In A Link to the Past, you are supposed to return Agahnim’s magic attacks with the Master Sword. However, it’s also possible to return his attacks with the bug catching net. The item is not only non magical but causes no damage to enemies. Therefore, either the coders left this in as a joke, or it was overlooked in development.
4. According to an interview between Shigeru Miyamoto and the French publication “Gamekult”, Miyamoto loves Disney and their interpretation of Peter Pan inspired Link’s design. This inspiration could also be why the Kokiri never age.
5. There are 3 strange unused Link masks that can be found within Majora’s Mask data. The code in the game suggests that they were meant to be worn by the skull kid.
6. In Japan, the game was called The Hyrule Fantasy with Legend of Zelda being the subtitle. The Legend of Zelda was the chosen title in North America.
7. Miyamoto originally planned to have the Triforce made out of microchips. In fact, Link got his name from the fact that he was supposed to be the link between the past and future.
8. Zelda borrows some elements from Super Mario Bros. This is because both Mario and Zelda were being developed at the same time.
9. Early version of Zelda were essentially a creation tool that let you make and share your own dungeons. However, along the way, Nintendo dropped that idea and fleshed out the story instead.
10. Link originally started with the sword, instead of getting it from the old man in the cave.
11. Link is left-handed in every game until the Wii versions were released that featured a right-handed Link to accommodate the right-handed players.
12. Link has only spoken twice. He has said, “Come on!” as a co-op character in Wind Waker and “Giddy-up!” while riding Epona in the Twilight Princess.
13. Dark Link made his debut in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
14. Link wears three suits: a green suit, a red suit and a blue suit.
15. Link’s companions have included Navi, Tatl, Link, King of Red Lions, Ezlo, Midna, Ciela and Lineback, Zelda and Phi.
16. He’s humble but brave, which are attributes that are consistent with him being the rightful bearer of the Triforce of Courage.
17. Link is known as the “Hero of the Skies” from Skyward Sword, “Hero of the Minish” from Minish Cap, “The Four Who are One” from Four Swords, “Hero of Time” from Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, “Hero Chosen by the Gods” from Twilight Princess, “Hero of Light” from Four Swords Adventures, “Hero of Legend” from Link’s Awakening: A Link to the Past, Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, “The New Hero of Hyrule” from A Link Between Worlds, “Hero of Hyrule” from the original Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Breath of the Wild, “The Hero of Trains” from Spirit Tracks and the “Hero of Winds” from The Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass.
18. He’s the chosen bearer of the Master Sword, which is a power magical sword that’s the bane of all evil.
19. When he was a child, he challenged Ganondorf in order to try and protect Princess Zelda before he inadvertently helps Ganondorf find the Triforce in Ocarina of Time, forcing Link to face Ganondorf and undo the damage he caused.
20. He has several family members, including an uncle in A Link To The Past, an unseen mother in Ocarina of Time, who dies fleeing a war when Link is a baby, a grandmother who raised him, a sister, Aryll, who is seen in The Wind Waker, and a grandfather who’s seen in The Minish Cap.
21. Almost all iterations of Link wear a green tunic and a long green Phrygian cap.
22. Link’s teenage appearance in Ocarina of Time was designed with the aim of making him more handsome and cooler than all previous forms of the hero.
23. There is multiple Links in the Legend of Zelda universe. This is made obvious on many occasions in the games; for example, the introduction sequence of The Wind Waker refers to an ancient, legendary champion who is identical in appearance to Link, and directly mentions the “Hero of Time.”
24. The original prototype Nintendo cartridge of The Legend of Zelda recently sold on eBay for $150,000.
25. Chronologically speaking, the fist Zelda game is one of the last. On the other hand, Skyward Sword is the first Zelda game.
26. The original theme to The Legend of Zelda was Ravel’s Bolero. However, Koji Kondo found that the song was still under copyright so he stayed up all night writing a new theme song.
27. Indiana Jones movies provided inspiration for the original Legend of Zelda games and for Link’s sense of adventure.
28. To test out some of the new mechanics in Breath of the Wild, the game’s development team first created a playable 2D prototype based on the 8-bit The Legend of Zelda.
29. In Breath of the Wild, you can hear the Bokoblins mine for boogers.
30. The Ocarina of Time almost had a first person view, but the idea what scrapped because Nintendo feared that gamers would hate not seeing Link.