Cameos of The Legend of Zelda in Third-Party Media
The Legend of Zelda series has made numerous Cameos in Third-Party Media. Elements and characters from the series have appeared in a number of third-party games and related media. This listing does not include appearances in first and second-party video games. Please visit Cameos of The Legend of Zelda in Nintendo Media for examples of these. For unlicensed parodies and homages in other media, see The Legend of Zelda in popular culture.
- 1 Third-Party Games
- 1.1 Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy +
- 1.2 Bayonetta
- 1.3 Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes
- 1.4 One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X
- 1.5 Ittle Dew
- 1.6 Sonic Lost World
- 1.7 Phantasy Star 0
- 1.8 Scribblenauts Unlimited
- 1.9 Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
- 1.10 Soulcalibur II
- 1.11 Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
- 1.12 Monster Hunter series
- 1.13 Warriors series
- 2 Gallery
- 3 See Also
- 4 References
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy +
- Main article: amiibo § 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.
- 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 Zelda series also appear, such as collectible Rupees and jingles that play when opening a locked door or a chest.
- If the player has saved data of The Wind Waker on the memory card, Psycho Mantis will mention this to Solid Snake.[verification needed]
One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X
- Main article: amiibo § 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the Wii U version of the game, many people and objects from the Mario and Zelda series can be created.
- 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.
- Link is a playable character in the GameCube version of Soulcalibur II. In Soulcalibur II, Hyrule's tranquility was shattered by the arrival of several disasters, which brought opaque, ominous clouds with them. Eventually, it was discovered that an unknown magician was to blame for all that had happened. Just as the people were about to lose all hope, the sun miraculously returned as Link, having been summoned by Princess Zelda to find the disasters' source, successfully defeated the magician. The people of Hyrule rejoiced in the belief that eternal peace would rule; but it eventually became clear that the magician responsible for the disasters was in fact controlled by an evil sword from another world, Soul Edge, and that the fragments of Soul Edge had been gathering in the other world.
- Knowing that the resurrection of the evil blade must be prevented at all costs, Link chose to travel to the other world and destroy Soul Edge himself, taking his trusted Master Sword and Ocarina of Time, and transporting himself off on a secret journey. Through the completion of Arcade mode, Link succeeds in sealing away the evil within the Soul Edge, saving his homeland and quietly leaving the world he had come upon, leaving only a faint echo of his Ocarina.
Link is the only character with a ranged attack. His fighting style retains many of his signature moves from past games in the Zelda and Super Smash Bros. series. Some of these moves include the Spin Attack, the Jump Attack, the Down Thrust, the Up Thrust, and the Dash Attack.
|Special Mid Attack|
|Guard Break properties|
|Guard Impact properties|
|Switch to stance|
- Combo Moves
Like all Soulcalibur II characters, Link has a total of 11 weapons to choose from. His starting and most-balanced weapon is the Master Sword and Hylian Shield, and the rest of the weapons must be bought in shops in various cities in the Weapon Master Mode.
Master Sword & Hylian Shield
|Free||Well-balanced||A magic sword and shield that have accompanied Link on many adventures and helped him repeatedly save the land of Hyrule. This journey is no less dire, and Link once again goes into battle equipped with these items, this time in another world. These are well-balanced arms for Link.|
|600 Gold|| Attack goes up 25%
Takes 15% block damage
|A sword forged by the blacksmith from the Mountain Village on Snowhead. The blacksmith is famous for his perfectionism—this sword is yet another excellent example of of his craftsmanship and boasts an amazingly sharp cutting edge. Unfortunately, the metal used to forge this blade is prone to chipping, so there remains some concern about its defensive capabilities.|
|900 Gold|| Defense decreases 30%
Offense increases with Soul Charge 40% (deteriorates)
|A sword and shield from one of the living Armos statues that dot the land of Hyrule. The origins of these items are shrouded in mystery, much like the Armos themselves. Concentrating one's will increases the weapons' power, but they are a bit too heavy for Link and he cannot use them effectively for guarding.|
|1,200 Gold|| Offense goes up 35%
|An extremely heavy hammer. Learning to use it effectively could take some time, as its reach is somewhat short for a weapon. Its power and toughness, however, far exceed that of any normal sword. It's guaranteed to inspire awe.|
Cane of Byrna
|1,600 Gold|| Soul Charge boosts offense up to 50%
Soul Charge lowers damage received by 25%
Soul Charge recovers up to 32 HP each time
|An ancient magic staff that grants protection to heroes. It can be used even by those who are not sorcerers as long as their hearts are pure. It is said that praying to the staff with all one's heart will shroud the user in light and fill him with vitality. Because it is not a true weapon, it usually does not fare well when it clashes against an opponent's weapon.|
|2,200 Gold|| Hits taken are counters
33% of damage received is inflicted back onto opponent
|A mirror-like shield found in the Spirit Temple. It is an amazing work of art, and there are few who would argue that it is not one of the finest shields in Hyrule. It is said that its surface reflects not only light but hostile intent as well.|
Magic Sword & Magic Shield
|3,000 Gold|| Causes 40% block damage
Weak against physical impact
|Ancient arms hidden deep in an underground tomb. This powerful sword holds an enchantment that counters the forces of darkness, and its holy aura allows it to deliver damage to the enemy even without making physical contact. The shield is enchanted with a spell that protects its user from enemy magic, but the actual shield itself is quite old and is weak against physical impact.|
|4,000 Gold|| Long reach
Drains 3 HP per attack
|A masterfully crafted long sword forged by the best blacksmith in Hyrule, Biggoron, who lives on Death Mountain. Designed specifically for Link, it is made to be wielded with one hand. Even so, swinging it with full force gets tiring after a while.|
Soul Edge (Complete)
|7,700 Gold|| Offense goes up 40%
Defense goes up 35%
Drains 2 HP per second
|An evil blade with a reputation for devouring souls. This weapon is also known to be a shape-shifter—which form it takes depends on its current owner. The forms it has taken are legendary, as are the souls of the renowned warriors it has consumed. Only those with great mental discipline can retain their will while wielding this weapon. It consumes the souls of those who fall before the blade, and also the soul of its wielder.|
Great Fairy Sword
|9,800 Gold|| Attack goes up 20%
Gains 5 HP per second
Takes 20% block damage
|A sword blessed by the Great Fairy, rumored to be able to reflect any and all dark magic. Merely holding it fills the wielder with strength, but unfortunately, its protective power did not survive intact in this world, and it is no longer able to resist enemy attacks.|
|12,500 Gold|| Offense decreases 80%
Defenses decreases 80%
|A long-handled net used for catching bugs. This item is an old companion of Link's and has appeared on many of his adventures—it accompanies him on this adventure as well. Obviously, it is not a weapon, but perhaps it will cause opponents to let down their guard.|
- Link's Destined Battle in Arcade mode is against Raphael.
- The overworld theme from The Legend of Zelda is used in Link's profile viewer and destined battle theme. It is also played if Link was used in Eurydice Shrine gallery.
- Link's stage is the Ostrheinsburg Chapel and his alternate stage is Eurydice Shrine Gallery.
- Link can buy the Soul Edge for 7,800 Gold in the Castor Shop while playing the Weapon Master mode. Link's Soul Edge causes for his defense and offense to increase to 135% and 140%, respectively; however, it drains his health by 2 HP every second.
- Instead of having the standard two or three costumes like every other character, Link has 4 different costumes: green, red, blue, and violet. His two starter costumes are the green and red tunic. To obtain the Blue Tunic, the player must buy it in the Castor Shop for 21,000 Gold, found in the Extra Chapter 1 of the Weapon Master mode. Only after buying the Blue Tunic can the player buy the Blue Ring Tunic from the original The Legend of Zelda, which is sold for the same price as the Blue Tunic.
- 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.
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 X
- The Palico companions in Monster Hunter X 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 X.
- 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.
- 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 off of 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.
|Monster Hunter Stories × The Legend of Zelda trailer|
- Cameos of The Legend of Zelda in Nintendo Media
- Cameos in The Legend of Zelda
- The Legend of Zelda in Popular Culture
- "Just as the people were about to lose all hope, the sun miraculously returned. Link, who was summoned by Zelda to find the cause of the disasters, successfully defeated the magician. The people of Hyrule rejoiced in the belief that eternal peace would rule. Unfortunately, this was not to be. It became clear that the magician responsible for the disasters was in fact controlled by an evil sword called Soul Edge, which existed in an another world." — Link's Profile (Soulcalibur II)
- "Knowing that the resurrection of the evil blade must be prevented at all costs, Link chose to travel to the other world and destroy Soul Edge. Link gathered his trusted Master Sword, Hylian Shield, and Ocarina, and set off on a secret journey." — Link's Profile (Soulcalibur II)
- "Link came to this world in order to defeat the evil which threatened Hyrule. After a long journey, Link finally succeeded in sealing away the terrible evil. In doing so, he not only saved his homeland from peril, but also maintained the tranquility of this world. Link then quietly left this world--a faint echo of his Ocarina was all that remained." — Ending of Arcade Mode (Soulcalibur II)
- "Fearsome demonic weapon said to excel in offense and defense...." — Weapon description (Soulcalibur II)