Sending and receiving Letters, items
Postboxes,(MM | MM3D | TWW | TWWHD | TMC) also known as Mailboxes,(MM | MM3D | PH) are recurring objects in The Legend of Zelda series. They are sentient, talking objects with mail slots for mouths. They are the touchpoints of the Mail Delivery services, accepting Letter deposits and holding Link's incoming mail. They wiggle when they have mail for Link.[note 1]
Postboxes are red in color and usually bear the Mail Delivery insignia on their front.
Locations and Uses
In Majora's Mask, Link can find Postboxes scattered around Clock Town.[where?] He can use any of them to send the Letter to Kafei. If Link attempts to deposit the Priority Mail, the Postbox will direct Link to the Post Office.
If Link speaks to a Postbox wearing the Postman's Hat, the Postbox reports that an item other than a letter was deposited. Link gets a Piece of Heart the first time he checks a Postbox, and single Green Rupees thereafter.
The Wind Waker
- Main article: Island Postal Service
In The Wind Waker, Link also can use Postboxes to send letters, but this time he needs to pay Rupees to get it sent. The price to pay is higher the farther he is from Dragon Roost Island, and cheaper the closer. Link can also receive letters from wiggling Postboxes. Link can receive different items from Postboxes, such as Pieces of Heart, Rupees, and Charts. The IN-credible chart is sent Cash-On-Delivery and costs 201 Rupees. Strangely, Baito sends 20 Rupees as a Cash-On-Delivery parcel that costs 10 Rupees.
The Minish Cap
In Phantom Hourglass, approaching a wiggling Mailbox causes the Postman to fly in and stand on it.[note 3] He proceeds to read Link's letter aloud rather than actually delivering it to him. Link first meets the Postman standing on the Mailbox on Molida Island.
Link can send Prize Postcards in the mail to participate in a drawing contest. At midnight,[note 4] Link receives a letter in the Mailbox with the results of the contest. Perversely, he gets a Ship Part for losing, but for winning gets nothing at all.
Mailboxes in Spirit Tracks wiggle when new mail arrives. The Postman delivers any letter to Link.
- The decorative Postbox in The Minish Cap has an unused wiggle animation. The game also has unused text for a Postbox Figurine. Its description states that the Postbox could participate in Kinstone Fusion and suggests a person is hiding inside it.
- The description of Mailboxes in The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass — Prima Official Game Guide by Prima Games falsely states that Link must tap on a Mailbox for the Postman to appear. The mistake is repeated in the Spirit Tracks guide which copies the paragraph almost word-for-word, changing only the word "mailbox" to "postbox". As a result, the Spirit Tracks guide states that the Postman "flutters in," though the Postman in Spirit Tracks has no wings.
- The wiggling Postbox concept is absent from Majora's Mask and Majora's Mask 3D. It was introduced in The Wind Waker and has remained ever since.
- The development team for The Minish Cap originally had other intentions for the Postbox. See Trivia.
- Contrarily to what is stated in the guides by Prima Games, Postboxes in the Nintendo DS games are activated simply by approaching them, not necessarily by tapping them. See Trivia.
- According to the Nintendo 3DS clock.
- "" — Bombers' Notebook (Majora's Mask 3D)
- "We will deliver any letters or packages addressed to you to the postbox nearest you. Without fail, I promise you." — Rito Chieftain (The Wind Waker)
- "Postbox" — Figurine (The Minish Cap)
- The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks — PRIMA Official Game Guide (Prima Games) pg. 19
- "You were given a letter to Kafei! Quick! Deliver it for her! Take it to a mailbox." — N/A (Majora's Mask 3D)
- "Hey, look at that mailbox. It's wiggling like crazy... You think maybe there's a letter for you?" — Linebeck (Phantom Hourglass)
- "We cannot do much to help you, but we can at least do this: if we get any letters or parcels for you, we will deliver them to a postbox near you. If you see any wiggling postboxes, please look inside them." — Rito Chieftain (The Wind Waker)
- The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass — Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games) pg. 15
- "Please take priority mail to the Post Office. It will even be accepted late at night. Ka-ching!" — Postman
- "Postage due is 201 Rupees. Will you pay?" — Postbox (The Wind Waker)
- "Postage due is 10 Rupees. Will you pay?" — Postbox (The Wind Waker)
- "...... Hmm? That's it? That's weird. It said you won something, but there's nothing inside! Well, whaddya gonna do... Did my deal, so I guess I'll be on my way!" — Postman (Phantom Hourglass)
- The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, The Cutting Room Floor, retrieved February 6, 2020.
- "This strange red postbox has the ability to fuse Kinstone pieces with you. Some say there is really just a person hiding inside it..." — Figurine (The Minish Cap)