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The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

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The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
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US boxart for The Minish Cap
Hidemaro Fujibayashi (director)
Keiji Inafune (producer)
Mitsuhiko Takano (sound composer)
Koji Kondo (sound adviser)
Release date(s)
Game Boy Advance
North America January 10, 2005[1]
Japan November 4, 2004[1]
European Union November 12, 2004[2]
Commonwealth of Australia April 7, 2005
Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
(Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors)

North America December 16, 2011[3]
Japan December 16, 2011[3]
European Union December 16, 2011[3]
Commonwealth of Australia December 16, 2011[3]
Wii U Virtual Console
North America June 5, 2014[4]
Japan April 30, 2014[5]
European Union May 29, 2014[6]
Commonwealth of Australia May 29, 2014[7]
Content ratings
PEGI: 7 (3DS)
CB: G8+ (GBA)
CB: PG (3DS)
USK: 0

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap is the twelfth main installment of The Legend of Zelda series. It was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2004.

Like most other titles in the series, The Minish Cap features the fully explorable land of Hyrule, although it can be viewed from the eyes of a human or the eyes of a Minish, a race of tiny people and an alternate form that Link can transform into. The game is the first in the story surrounding the Four Sword and features Vaati as the game's main villain. However, unlike the multiplayer focus of the other games in the series, The Minish Cap retains the original form of exploration and dungeons as seen in A Link to the Past, Oracle of Seasons, and Oracle of Ages, as well as returning characters and game mechanics such as Malon and the Spin Attack. New features include fusing Kinstones and shrinking to the size of a Minish.


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Evil spirits appeared in the land of Hyrule, and just when it seemed that the world was to be cast into the darkest of shadows, the tiny Picori descended from the skies and bestowed on a courageous human a shining golden light and a single sword. This bravest of men used his wisdom and courage, his golden light, and his sword to fight off the demons and restore peace to the world.

The people were so grateful to the Picori that they held an annual celebration in their honor. Whoever won the sword competition held at the festival would earn the honor of touching the sacred blade. The tradition of the Picori Festival continued, but over the generations, the Picori themselves passed into legend. The legend of the Picori tells of a mystic doorway that opens just once every hundred years. When the door is open, the Picori can cross from their world into Hyrule.


One year, in celebration of when the Picori last came to Hyrule 100 years ago to the day, the festival was unusually grand. Hyrule Castle was hosting a tournament of sword-fighting skill that calls to mind the heroes of legend. That year’s champion was a mysterious man by the name of Vaati. He won the tournament with an almost magical ease, and all of Hyrule was abuzz with rumors about this shadowy figure. The young Link, who attended the festival that year with his childhood friend, Princess Zelda, was charged by his grandfather, Smith, with delivering a sword that would be presented to the champion.

During the ceremony following the sword competition, Vaati shattered the sacred Picori Blade and opened the Bound Chest, which, for an age, had been sealed by the Picori Blade, trapping evil monsters within. Vaati was after the Light Force, that golden light that was once wielded by the hero mentioned in the legends of the Picori. He subdued the castle guards and turned Princess Zelda to stone before making a speedy departure. Vaati was a Minish, an apprentice of Ezlo, who was also a Minish. Ezlo had made a magical cap with the power to grant wishes, but Vaati had stolen it and used it to become a powerful sorcerer. He had transformed Ezlo into a hat himself, then proceeded to hunt down the Light Force. Link was then asked by King Daltus to seek out the Picori and ask them to reforge the sacred blade, and traveled to the Minish Woods with the help of his Map. There he met Ezlo, a curious creature who he rescued from a group of Octoroks. Ezlo hopped on his head and offered to help him find the Picori. He also helped Link shrink down to a minuscule size — the size of the Picori people, who called themselves the Minish. Link met with the elder of Minish Village, who told him that in order to reforge the sacred Picori sword he would require the Four Elements, the embodiments of the sacred powers of earth, fire, water, and wind. Vaati learned from the legend of the Wind Tribe that when the four elements were collected the path to the Light Force would open. Knowing that Link was collecting the elements, he decided to wait until Link had them.

Once Link had gathered the Four Elements, he brought the Picori Blade — renamed the White Sword by a Minish sword-smith — to the Elemental Sanctuary hidden within the courtyard of Hyrule Castle. There he infused the White Sword with the Four Elements, fully restoring the sacred Four Sword — a legendary blade with the power to split one warrior into four. Link then gains access to a chamber with stained glass, where the location of the Light Force is revealed.

Meanwhile, Vaati had brainwashed King Daltus and shrouded Hyrule Castle in darkness. He discovered from the stained glass of the chamber inside the Elemental Sanctuary that the sacred Light Force had actually been passed down through Hyrule’s princesses, and so he prepared to extract the Light Force from Princess Zelda. Link rushed to her rescue, and, after vanquishing Vaati, he used the Four Sword’s evil-banishing power to restore Princess Zelda.

Now that Vaati had fallen, the Mage's Cap could be used to restore Hyrule. Princess Zelda put on the cap and wished with all her heart that Vaati’s cruelty might be undone. With her righteous wish and the power of the Light Force that still dwells within her, many miracles happened as a result.

Now that the land of the humans had been saved, Ezlo ventured back into the world of the Minish through the Minish Door, not to return until perhaps the next day, one hundred years later, when the doorway to their world would open once more.

Game Information

Timeline Placement

Main article: Zelda Timeline

Telling the origin of Vaati and the Four Sword, The Minish Cap takes place many years before Four Swords, making it the first story in the Four Swords trilogy.

The official timeline released in Hyrule Historia, places The Minish Cap and Four Swords between Skyward Sword and Ocarina of Time. Four Swords Adventures, which concludes the Four Swords trilogy, is an indirect sequel to Twilight Princess and currently the third member (along with Majora's Mask and Twilight Princess) of the "Child Timeline".

Ports and Remakes

The Minish Cap was one of the ten Game Boy Advance games available on the 3DS Virtual Console as part of the Ambassador Program.[8] It was later released on the Wii U's Virtual Console on June 5th, 2014 in North America.[9]

Limited Editions

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A special limited edition Zelda-themed Game Boy Advance SP bundle was also released. Limited to 25,000 copies, it featured a golden console with the Triforce outside and the Royal Crest inside, it also included a copy of The Minish Cap (without box). It was available for sale only in Europe and Australia.

A limited edition adventure set was also released. Limited to 300 copies, it included the limited edition Game Boy Advance SP, a copy of The Minish Cap (without box), a shirt, a knit cap and a certificate of authenticity.

Completion Records

Main article: Speedrun Records
Time Performer Date Notes
1:44:19 [10] ToadsWoot August 19, 2018 Any%
4:03:23 [11] ToadsWoot March 29, 2018 100%







Items and Equipment





By 2005, The Minish Cap had sold more than 1 million copies worldwide.[12]


All three The Minish Cap cartridges
  • The Minish Cap is the only Game Boy Advance game with two different "Not For Resale" cartridges which were used in store kiosks. One says "Not For Resale" and contains the full version of the game. The other says "Not For Resale Demo," where there are three playable areas to explore. Subsequent Zelda games like Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks also had demo carts with selectable stages.
  • The logo for the game featured in pre-release material and some commercials featured the Master Sword rather than the Four Sword. The Master Sword does not appear in the final version of the game.
  • There have been three existing official logos for the game. These include one with Ezlo next to the name, and one with the Master Sword next to the name. Some commercials incorporate some of these alternate logos.
  • There are several Super Mario references in The Minish Cap. These include enemies such as Bob-ombs, Spinies, and Lakitus. In the Palace of Winds, chain-link platforms with spinning gates such as those found in Super Mario World and Super Mario Sunshine appear. In Mount Crenel, small beanstalks use the same sound effect from Super Mario Bros. when growing.
  • The game over music is an excerpt from the opening demo music in A Link to the Past.
  • The Minish Cap is the only main Zelda game to feature an optional sound test.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ゼルダの伝説 ふしぎのぼうし (Zeruda no Densetsu Fushigi no Bōshi) The Legend of Zelda: The Wonder Hat
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 塞尔达传说 不可思议的帽子
Republic of China, Hong Kong and Macao ChineseTR 薩爾達傳說 不可思議的帽子
Federal Republic of Germany German The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Republic of Korea Korean 젤다의 전설 이상한 모자


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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 7
  2. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap | Game Boy Advance | Games | Nintendo, Nintendo, retrieved July 12, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "3DS Ambassadors in Europe and Japan were notified this week that their ten free Game Boy Advance games would be coming today, December 16. Those in North America didn't get any word on whether the games would be coming today or if the same list of high-quality titles would be offered to them. Luckily all ten games are now available, even to those in the United States." — Chris Pereira, 3DS Ambassadors Get Their Free GBA Games Today, 1Up, published December 16, 2011, retrieved July 12, 2013.
  4. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Nintendo of America, retrieved June 10, 2014.
  5. Wii U|ゼルダの伝説 ふしぎのぼうし|Nintendo, Nintendo Japan, retrieved June 10, 2014.
  6. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Nintendo Europe, retrieved June 10, 2014.
  7. Troy Wassenaar, Nintendo Download Update (29/5) – Gaining Traction, Vooks, published May 29, 2014, retrieved June 11, 2014.
  8. 3DS Ambassador Games Revealed - Minish Cap Confirmed, Link's Hideaway.
  9. The Legend Of Zelda: Minish Cap Will Be Sizing Up The Wii U eShop Soon, Nintendo Life.
  10. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - Any%, Speedrun.
  11. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - 100%, Speedrun.
  12. "'The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap', a game that lets the main character change body size during the adventure, sold more than a million units."Annual Report 2005, Nintendo.