Link

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Link
LinkSSBU.png
Species Hylian
First appearance The Legend of Zelda (1986, The Legend of Zelda series)
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (1989, Mario-related media)
Latest appearance The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch) (2019, The Legend of Zelda series)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, Mario-related media)
Latest portrayal Kengo Takanashi (The Legend of Zelda series and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Takashi Ōhara (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe)

Link is the main protagonist of the The Legend of Zelda series created by Nintendo. Over the course of the series, many different incarnations of Link have existed, chosen by the Goddesses of Hyrule to protect the land from evil. Each incarnation of him bears the Triforce of Courage, and usually has to fight Ganon and save Hyrule and its ruler, Princess Zelda. Being one of the most popular Nintendo video game characters alongside Mario, Link has had several crossover appearances within the Mario franchise.

History[edit]

Tetris[edit]

The results screen for the NES version of Tetris features Link as part of a band composed of himself, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Pit, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Samus Aran. He is playing the flute. Link in particular appears when the player has completed height 1 of Game B's ninth level.

Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up[edit]

Link as a traveling guide.

Link's first appearance in the Mario series is the coloring game Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up. He first appears on the "Chef" page, where he is shown waiting for a pasta dish cooked by Mario. He later appears on the "Travel Guide" page, which depicts him owning a travelling agency. Several enemies from The Legend of Zelda series also make appearances in the other career pages.

Club Nintendo[edit]

Link as seen in the Club Nintendo comic "Mario in Mariozilla".

Link also makes several appearances in the Mario-based comics within the German Club Nintendo magazine, his appearance based upon that in the original The Legend of Zelda. He debuts in "Super Mario: Die Bescherung", celebrating a Christmas party in the Mario Bros.' House. His role in this story is minor, though he has a brief speaking part at the end, mistrusting the realness of Santa Claus.

In "Warios Weihnachtsmärchen", Link appears in the role of the Ghost of Present. Like in the story it is based on, Link takes Wario to see those he had upset earlier.

In "Mario in Mariozilla", he is seen in the Empire State Building, studying a map together with Dr. Light, who lives there. Link's actual role is unknown, though it appears that he works as Light's assistant. He also comments on a "magic cap" Light gave to Mario in order to make him incognito - actually a simple paper bag pulled over his head - in the way that it "becomes" him.

Link, alongside Kirby, is Mario's ally in the comic "Super Mario in Die Nacht des Grauens". During the events of this story, he lives in a Brooklyn skyscraper and fights against Abigor and his demonic fellows who plan to take over the building. He does so by making use of a magic serum which turns him and his allies into aggressive ghostbusters. In this form, he has green skin, black armor and a fire sword.

DIC cartoons[edit]

The Legend of Zelda[edit]

Link received his own television show with The Legend of Zelda, produced by DiC Entertainment. It aired under the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! syndication, with the animated Mario segments running Monday through Thursday, and being replaced by Zelda segments on Fridays. The Zelda segments still received an accompanying live-action Mario and Luigi short. The series revolved around Link and Princess Zelda protecting the Triforce of Wisdom from Ganon. Jonathan Potts voiced Link in the series.

Captain N: The Game Master[edit]

Link, in between Zelda and Captain N in Captain N: The Game Master

Link and Zelda appear in Captain N: The Game Master, borrowing their appearance and personality from the aforementioned Legend of Zelda cartoon. Jonathan Potts returned to voice Link in the series. Link was also a major character in the Valiant Nintendo Comics System line of Captain N: The Game Master.

Donkey Kong franchise[edit]

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest / Donkey Kong Land 2[edit]

Link comes in third place as one of Cranky's Video Game Heroes

In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Link is by default ranked at third place on a podium at Cranky's Video Game Heroes. Mario comes in first place, while Yoshi comes in second place. Link managed to obtain 19 of them, and Diddy Kong can remove him from the podium entirely by collecting more DK Coins than him. By doing so, Link's tunic appears in the trash can at the "NO HOPERS" sign.

Link also appears in the Video Game Heroes in the ending for Donkey Kong Land 2, where he has the same number of DK Coins collected as before.

In the Game Boy Advance port, Link and Yoshi's positions are swapped; additionally, Link has obtained 50 DK Coins in total. This means that Diddy can only shift Link down to third place, therefore removing Yoshi from the podium.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble![edit]

In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, if the Kongs ask Bazaar who owns the castle in the Northern Kremisphere, Bazaar tells a short story of when Link visited his General Store the week before. Link also asked Bazaar for information regarding the castle even though he had insufficient Bear Coins, but Bazaar thought him nice enough that he accepted a payment of 500 rupees instead. After being told the information, Link left, grumbling about the seashells being the wrong shape (a nod to the Secret Seashell sidequest in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening). This dialogue was removed in the Game Boy Advance port, where Bazaar instead discusses what he personally saw at Kastle KAOS.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Link sleeping at the Rose Town Inn in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Link can be found resting at the Rose Town Inn. He does not awaken when spoken to (likely a nod to Link's constant portrayal as a silent protagonist), but rather a melody from Zelda series will play, the same melody as when a player uncovers a secret.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Zelda Emblem.png
Super Smash Bros. character
Link
LinkSSBU.png
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Special moves
Standard:  Boomerang (64); Bow / Hero's Bow (Melee, Brawl, for 3DS / Wii U); Bow and Arrows (Ultimate)
Side:  Boomerang (Melee, Ultimate); Gale Boomerang (Brawl, for 3DS / Wii U)
Up:  Spin Attack
Down:  Bomb (64, Melee, Brawl, for 3DS / Wii U); Remote Bomb (Ultimate)
Final Smash:  Triforce Slash (Brawl, for 3DS / Wii U); Ancient Bow and Arrow (Ultimate)
Battle entrance
Link floats down in a beam of light. (64)
Link whirls in via Gale Boomerang. (Brawl, for 3DS / Wii U)
Link flies in with his Paraglider. (Ultimate)

Link appears in all released Super Smash Bros. games as a default playable character. Most of Link's standard attacks make use of the Master Sword, while his specials are all attacks or items from The Legend of Zelda series.

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Link's artwork from Super Smash Bros.
SmashWiki article: Link (SSB)

In Super Smash Bros., Link is one of the default playable characters. Specifically, he is the "Hero of Time" from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Link is the first character fought in single player mode, on Hyrule Castle.

Link's standard special move in this game is the Boomerang, in which Link tosses a boomerang to damage opponents. His up special move is the Spin Attack, in which he spins around rapidly to deal damage; and his down special is Bomb, in which Link pulls out a bomb to throw. In addition, Link's grab move uses the Hookshot, an item also taking its appearance from Ocarina of Time that can also be used as a wall grapple. Link's up and down aerials are the Jump Thrust and Down Thrust, both of which originated in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

Two of Link's alternate colorations in this game are based upon the Goron and Zora Tunics from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, while his final coloration is based upon his outfit after collecting the Blue Ring in the original The Legend of Zelda.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Link as he appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
SmashWiki article: Link (SSBM)

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Link returns as a playable character, though some of his moves have been changed. His standard special attack has been replaced with the Bow, which lets Link shoot an arrow that can be charged; the boomerang has instead been made his side special move. His other specials are kept the same, as has the Hookshot. Melee is also the first game to feature Link's ability to use his Hylian Shield to defend himself from projectile attacks while standing still.

In the game's Adventure Mode, Link is fought in the Underground Maze stage. He can be found at fake pedestals for the Master Sword (wearing a different tunic each time) as fighters search for the Triforce to end the level. Young Link, the Hero of Time's childhood self from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, is also a separate playable character, much in the same manner that Mario and Baby Mario often appear in the same game.

Zelda Emblem.png
Super Smash Bros. character
Dark Link
DarkLink copy.jpg
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Melee (non-playable)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (non-playable, or playable using one of Link's alternate costumes)
Special moves
Standard:  Bow / Hero's Bow
Side:  Boomerang (Melee); Gale Boomerang (Brawl)
Up:  Spin Attack
Down:  Bomb
Final Smash:  Triforce Slash

Additionally, a doppelganger of Link, known as Dark Link, appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee as the opponent in Event Match 18: Link's Adventure. In the battle, the player controls a red-clad Link, who has two extra lives. The fighter must defeat Dark Link, who also has two lives. The two swordsmen are fought at the Temple, with no time limit. This Event Match is a reference to the ending of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, where a similar Dark Link served as the game's final boss.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

SmashWiki article: Link (SSBB)
Link SSBB.png

Link was the first character to be announced for Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Unlike in previous installments, this Link is the "Hero of Twilight", the descendant of the Hero of Time and the protagonist of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. This Link's moveset also references Twilight Princess in a number of ways. The bow (now called "Hero's Bow") and bombs have been aesthetically updated to match their Twilight Princess designs, while the boomerang has been replaced with the Gale Boomerang, which generates a whirlwind that can drag in opponents as it returns. The Hookshot has also been replaced with the Clawshot from Twilight Princess, which, when used offstage, can home in on edges and grab them unlike the Hookshot; however, it is now a tether recovery, as opposed to a wall grapple.

Link has a new voice actor in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Akira Sasanuma, who voiced him in Twilight Princess. Dark Link is also in the game, both as one of Link's alternative colors and as an opponent in an Event Match. The "Hero of Winds" from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker also appears in the game as a playable character under the name Toon Link, complete with a moveset very similar to Link's.

Dark Link also reappears in this game, where he returns in two Event Matches. The first, Event Match 18: Dark Link Duel, is similar to the match from Melee, but it is fought on the Bridge of Eldin instead, and is a stamina match rather than using lives. The second, Co-Op Event 7: Battle of the Dark Sides, is the same as Dark Link Duel, but with the addition of Samus Aran and Dark Samus assisting Link and Dark Link, respectively.

Versions of Dark Link also appear as palette swaps for both Link and Toon Link. Link's is based off the "interlopers" from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, whereas Toon Link's is based off Shadow Link from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures.

Role in the Subspace Emissary[edit]
Link's snapshot in the Subspace Emissary

While walking through a forest, Links finds the Master Sword. Taking it in hand, he meets up with Yoshi, forming an alliance. They later meet Mario and Pit, though under circumstances where Mario/Link defeats an evil copy of Zelda/Peach, leading to a fight. The two groups come to an understanding (and Kirby joins up as well) and unite as they see King Dedede driving off with Ness, Luigi, and the captured Princess.

They come to Dedede's base, only to find that Bowser has beaten them to it, taking the Princess off in his Koopa Clown Car. The team grows in size as they meet with Ike, Marth, Lucas, the Pokémon Trainer, and the Ice Climbers. The remaining heroes join them as they enter Subspace. Link is among the many that falls to Tabuu's Off Waves, only to be revived by Kirby. He and Zelda come across Ganondorf's trophy and revive him, forming a temporary alliance as everyone teams up to defeat Tabuu.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

SmashWiki article: Link (SSB4)

Link reappears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as a playable character along with Toon Link. Due to these games' more vibrant aesthetic, the Hero of Twilight has a noticeably brighter color scheme unlike in Brawl and Twilight Princess. Link retains much of his moveset from the previous game, though some of his non-special moves have been altered, such as his down aerial gaining a meteor smash effect and gaining the Jump Slash as his new dash attack. Link's Hylian Shield can also now block projectiles while either standing or walking.

Link retains all of his alternate costumes from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, while gaining two more: one based on the clothes worn by the "Hero of the Skies" during the beginning of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and another based on Fierce Deity Link, a transformation the Hero of Time can obtain at the end of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.[1]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

SmashWiki article: Link (SSBU)
Link's stock icon

Link returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, alongside Young Link and Toon Link. This time, the Hero of Twilight has been succeeded by the "Hero of the Wild", the protagonist of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. As a result, Kengo Takanashi reprises his role as Link's voice actor. For the first time in the series, Link joins Mario himself as one of the co-mascots of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as the two are frequently marketed and paired together to advertise and showcase the game.

Compared to his predecessors, Link takes on many different stances during battle. While this is purely aesthetic is some instances, he also leans further when performing attacks, giving them greater range, yet making his hurtbox more vulnerable to attacks. On a related note, the blade of his Master Sword is longer, increasing the range in his attacks, and his forward smash's first hit is capable of firing a Sword Beam while his damage is at 0%. Like his fellow The Legend of Zelda fighters, Link's victory theme has been changed to a new arrangement of their home series' main theme.

The Wild Set of clothes from Breath of the Wild, which resembles Link's classic design, also appears an alternate costume. Although Link uses a regular Boomerang like the Hero of Time does in SSB and Melee, his other special moves noticeably deviate from his predecessors': his bow is capable of firing two arrows at once, he uses the Remote Bomb Rune, and his Final Smash uses an Ancient Bow to fire an Ancient Arrow.

Some of Link's normal moves are also different compared to his predecessors. Due to neither the Hookshot nor the Clawshot appearing in Breath of the Wild, Link's grab consists of him quickly putting his Hylian Shield on his back in order to reach out with his left hand. Although this makes his grab much faster overall, it also results in his grab having much shorter range and lacking a tether recovery compared to his predecessors. As another reference to Breath of the Wild, the first hit of Link's forward smash is capable of firing a Sword Beam while his damage is at 0%, granting him yet another projectile.

Compared to his predecessors, Link sports better mobility, higher jumps, faster short hop timing, less landing lag for his aerials, and a higher overall damage output. The reintroduction of the directional air dodge, the ability to use aerials on ladders, and the improved dash cancel mechanic also indirectly benefit Link to varying degrees. Link's dash attack, up aerial, and down aerials are now referred to their names in-game, while his forward smash is now called Sword Slice.

Classic Mode route[edit]

By completing Link's Classic Mode route, it is possible to unlock King K. Rool, the Ice Climbers, Simon, Meta Knight, Snake, Young Link, Richter, or Toon Link. Link's Classic Mode route pits him against characters that are in some way associated with darkness, with the fight against the dark-costumed Link being a reference to Dark Link.

A Quest to Seal the Darkness
Round Opponent Rule Stage Song
1 Dark Pit Reset Bomb Forest Dark Pit's Theme
2 Ridley Norfair Vs. Ridley
3 Bayonetta Umbra Clock Tower One Of A Kind
4 Dark Samus Frigate Orpheon Boss Battle 4 - Metroid: Samus Returns
5 Ganondorf Team Battle
(Ally: Zelda)
Gerudo Valley Gerudo Valley
6 Link (dark costume) Temple Great Temple / Temple
Final Ganon Calamity Ganon Battle - Second Form

Special moves[edit]

Boomerang[edit]
Link using the Boomerang in Super Smash Bros. Melee
SmashWiki article: Boomerang

The Boomerang is a recurring item throughout The Legend of Zelda series that appears as Link's standard special move in Super Smash Bros., and as his side special move in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Originally designed after the Boomerang in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, in Super Smash Bros. Melee, the move is also used by Young Link, who uses the same Boomerang. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Link's Boomerang is the same one from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. When the move is used, the player throws a Boomerang at opponents that can damage them, automatically returning to the player once it hits an opponent or wall. The player can hold the control stick to make it fly farther, and can also be thrown diagonally. The Boomerang can also fly up or down while it is active by tilting the control stick just before throwing it. In later games, the move is used by Toon Link, whose design of the Boomerang is based on that in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

Hero's Bow[edit]
Link using the Hero's Bow in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Hero's Bow

The Hero's Bow (simply referred to as Bow in Super Smash Bros. Melee[2]) is Link's standard special move from Super Smash Bros. Melee through to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, replacing the Boomerang from Super Smash Bros. The move is based upon the recurring Bow item throughout The Legend of Zelda series. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Link's Bow is based on the Fairy Bow in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time; in the later games, Link's Hero's Bow takes its design from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. When used, Link fires an arrow from the bow at opponents to damage them. The player can charge the attack to increase the distance the arrow travels and its damage output by holding down the special move button.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Link's first custom variant for this move is the Power Bow, which has less range than normal but increases the power of the arrow. His second is the Quickfire Bow (parsed Quick-Fire Bow in the British English version), which allows Link to fire arrows more quickly that can travel through opponents.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 勇者の弓
Yūsha no Yumi
Hero's Bow
Bow and Arrows[edit]
SmashWiki article: Bow and Arrows

The Bow and Arrows are Link's standard special move in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, replacing the Hero's Bow from previous games. For this move, he uses the Traveler's Bow from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild instead, which functions the same as the Hero's Bow, except this time, after an arrow is fired and it lands on the ground, it lingers rather than disappear after a period of time. Link can then pick it up and throw it at opponents, or press the special move button again to draw two arrows at once, which deal double damage.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 弓矢
Yumiya
Bow and Arrow
Gale Boomerang[edit]
The Gale Boomerang in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Gale Boomerang

The Gale Boomerang is Link's side special move in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, based on the Gale Boomerang item from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and replacing the Boomerang from the previous games. When used, the Gale Boomerang generates a whirlwind; the attack hurts opponents when thrown, and the whirlwind draws opponents and small items in as it returns, though it deals no damage. Like the previous Boomerang, it returns to Link automatically once it hits an opponent or a wall, and the Gale Boomerang can also be thrown at an angle.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Link's first custom variant for this move is Boomerang, which gives it similar properties to Link's previous Boomerang move, meaning that it does not pull in opponents. The second is Ripping Boomerang, which makes the attack slower and gives it a shorter range, but allows it to pass through opponents as it flies out and deals multiple hits rather than having the whirlwind property.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 疾風のブーメラン
Shippū no Būmeran
Gale Boomerang
Spin Attack[edit]
Link using the Spin Attack in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Spin Attack

The Spin Attack is Link's up special move in every installment of the Super Smash Bros. series. The move is based on the Spin Attack move recurring throughout The Legend of Zelda series. When used, Link spins around rapidly with their sword to deal damage. When used in the air, the move also gives Link some vertical and horizontal distance. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl onward, the move can be charged by holding down the special attack button when used on the ground to deal more damage.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Link's first custom variant for this move is Shocking Spin, which gives the attack more power and an electric effect, but it covers less distance than Spin Attack, and its ending lag is longer as well. Link's second variant is Whirling Leap, which greatly improves Link's recovery by giving him more vertical height, and his horizontal mobility is increased drastically during the move's duration as well. However, the move does not deal any damage, nor can it be charged, so its only use is for recovery. When used on the ground, Link leaps up to perform the move.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 回転斬り
Kaitengiri
Rotating Slash
Bomb[edit]
Link with a Bomb in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Bomb (Link)

The Bomb is Link's down special move throughout the Super Smash Bros. series up until Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and based on the item recurring throughout The Legend of Zelda series. When used, Link pulls a Bomb out that can then be thrown at other characters to do damage, exploding on impact. Like other explosives, the Bombs also deal damage to the holder; it can also be caught and thrown by opponents, or detonate in the player's hands. The player cannot use the move while holding another item, as the Bombs count as an item.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the first custom variant for this move is Giant Bomb, which gives Link a larger Bomb that deals more damage and has a larger blast radius, but does not automatically explode upon impact. The second is Meteor Bomb, which lessens the time that the Bomb will explode and weakens it, but gives it a meteor smash property.

In Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Bombs used by Link and Young Link are based on the ones from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, however, the Bombs used by Link are based on the ones from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 爆弾
Bakudan
Bomb
Remote Bomb[edit]
SmashWiki article: Remote Bomb

The Remote Bomb is Link's down special move in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, based on the Remote Bomb Rune from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and replacing the Bomb from previous Super Smash Bros. games. When first used, Link produces a spherical Remote Bomb, which can then be thrown. After doing so, it can then be picked up again by Link or other fighters like an item, or knocked around with attacks. If the player activates the move again, Link detonates the Remote Bomb with his Sheikah Slate, damaging any fighters caught within the blast radius. Only one Remote Bomb can appear at a time.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese レモコンバクダン
Remokon Bakudan
Remote-Controlled Bomb

Final Smash[edit]

Triforce Slash[edit]
The Triforce Slash in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Link's Triforce Slash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
SmashWiki article: Triforce Slash

Triforce Slash is Link's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. When activated, Link's Triforce on his hand glows and he fires a beam of light directly in front of him. If an opponent is in the line of fire, they will be trapped between two Triforces as Link rushes forward to deliver several sword blows. After fifteen slashes, the character rushes through the trapped opponent, launching them. If the beam of light does not reach an opponent, the attack fails.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese トライフォースラッシュ
Toraifōsu Surasshu
Triforce Slash
Spanish Golpe Trifuerza Triforce Blow
Ancient Bow and Arrow[edit]
The Ancient Bow and Arrow in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: Ancient Bow and Arrow

The Ancient Bow and Arrow are Link's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, replacing the Triforce Slash, which is now used by Young Link as well as Toon Link. When activated, Link draws an Ancient Bow with an Ancient Arrow, which launches any opponents in front of him away.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 古代兵装の弓矢
Kodaiheisō no Yumiya
Ancient Weapon Bow and Arrow

Game & Watch Gallery 4[edit]

In Game & Watch Gallery 4, Link appears in the Zelda Game & Watch game, which is playable in the Museum after unlocking enough stars.

WarioWare series[edit]

Link appears in several WarioWare games. He usually is a playable character in 9-Volt's and 18-Volt's microgames.

Link, in The Legend of Zelda microgame.

In WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, Link appears in the Legend of Zelda microgame, based on the original The Legend of Zelda game, in which the player must guide Link into a cave.

In WarioWare: Twisted!, Link appears in another microgame also titled The Legend of Zelda, once again based on the original game. The object is to rotate the handheld to deflect projectiles by red Octoroks with the shield.

In WarioWare: Smooth Moves, two incarnations of Link appears. In the Ocarina of Time microgame, Young Link must draw his sword from its pedestal. This turns him into Adult Link on Level 1, old Link (with a grey beard) on Level 2, and a Cucco on Level 3. In addition, in the microgame The Wind Waker, Toon Link must glide over the sea to a safe landing point with the Deku Leaf. Both microgames return in WarioWare Gold.

In WarioWare: D.I.Y., Link is the main character in the Zelda microgame, appearing in his The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass incarnation. The object is to defeat Chuchus with the sword by tapping them.

In WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase, Link is in the Zelda 2 microgame, based on Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, in which Link must deflect a Goriya's boomerangs with the shield.

Captain Rainbow[edit]

Portraits of Mario and Link above Tracy's throne.

Though Link himself doesn't make a direct appearance in Captain Rainbow, there is a cameo of Link in the form of a portrait of him above Tracy's throne, next to a portrait of Mario. The Link picture is actually artwork from Twilight Princess. It is worth noting that Tracy is a character also from The Legend of Zelda series.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

In Super Mario 3D World, before the second Green Star in World StarWorld Star-1, Rainbow Run, if the player walks around in a secret area, they will uncover an 8-bit image of Link, hidden as an Easter egg. An arrangement of the main theme of The Legend of Zelda will begin to play afterwards.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Link driving a Standard Kart on Mario Circuit in Mario Kart 8.

In Mario Kart 8, Link appears as a downloadable playable character in the The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content pack. This marks his first playable appearance of any kind in the Mario series. Link is one of the lighter heavyweight racers, befitting his much taller size, and he shares his stats with Rosalina, Donkey Kong, Waluigi, and Roy Koopa. Although this Link is the Hero of the Skies from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, his proportions have been altered slightly to fit the Mario series aesthetic: he has a slightly larger head and eyes, and is left-handed as opposed to right-handed like in Skyward Sword.

The Master Cycle, a bike based on Link's Master Sword and his horse Epona, appears as one of four additional vehicle bodies, along with a Zelda-themed set of tires, the Triforce Tires, and a Zelda-themed glider, the Hylian Kite. A Zelda-themed course called Hyrule Circuit also appears as part of the Triforce Cup. His kart symbol is the Hylian Crest. During his tricks, he wields the Master Sword and shows off the Triforce.

Artwork of Link on the Master Cycle holding a boomerang from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

Link reappears in the port of Mario Kart 8, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, available as part of the core game. He is available from the start, and shares his stats with only Rosalina and King Boo. Deluxe's July 19, 2018 update also added the Hero of the Wild from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, alongside the Master Cycle Zero, Ancient Tires, and Paraglider parts. Upon being added, the Hero of the Wild will become the default Link, while the Hero of the Skies will be relegated to being an alternate character. Like the Hero of the Skies, the Hero of the Wild is left-handed despite being right-handed in his respective game; however, they also share the same voice actor.

Despite sharing some physical and the same part colors for items that change, the two Links have some noticeable differences. In regard to the Hero of the Wild, his kart symbol is the Crest of the Sheikah as it appears on the Sheikah Slate, and he uses a Guardian Sword++ instead of the Master Sword when performing tricks. Due to being two distinct incarnations of Link, the Hero of the Skies can also appear in a race if Hero of the Wild has already been selected and vice versa, while both can appear in a race if neither has been selected.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Link appears as a Costume in Super Mario Maker. Link, Toon Link and Wolf Link's costumes can be unlocked by scanning their respective amiibo, or randomly by completing the 100 Mario Challenge. The Link Costume is the sprite off the original NES The Legend of Zelda. The Wolf Link Costume also includes Midna riding on top of Wolf Link.

A special Event Course titled "Tri Force Heroes" allows the player to play as, and unlock, a special Costume Mario called Totem Link, based off The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. As Totem Link, players play as all three Links from the game (red, blue and green), stacked up on top of each other. Additionally, there is also an Event Course titled "Twilight Princess HD", which is based off The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, where players can unlock Wolf Link.

Official profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Link in Super Smash Bros.
  • Bio: Link is the valiant boy hero of "The Legend of Zelda" series in which he fights against the evil Ganon to recover the Triforce. Though his tools may change with each adventure, his strength and righteousness remain constant. With his trusty sword and a variety of weapons, he takes adventure head on!

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Bio[edit]

A sword-wielding hero who also boasts long-range attacks.

Trophies[edit]

# Name Image First Game / Move Description
7 Link
(Classic)
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The Legend of Zelda
07/87
Even in his youth, Link was already becoming the warrior who would carry the destiny of Hyrule (and many other lands) on his shoulders. His epic struggles against the forces of darkness are written in legend, and he is bound to the Princess Zelda and the archfiend Ganondorf by the awesome power of the Triforce.
8 Link [Smash]
(Adventure)
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B Button: Bow
Smash B Button: Boomerang
Burdened with a shield, a heavy sword, and plenty of equipment, Link is not a very mobile character. Nevertheless, he's skilled with the blade, and his varied supply of missile weapons makes him a powerful fighter. To master Link, you must control the pace by balancing your long-range attacks with head-to-head swordplay.
9 Link [Smash]
(All-Star)
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Up & B Button: Spin Attack
Down & B Button: Bomb
Link's Bow, Boomerang, and Bombs all take time to wield, so you may want to try drawing them in mid-air to prevent your foes from attacking you while you're vulnerable. The Spin Attack can score consecutive mid-air hits, and the final slash is very powerful. Link's Bombs are his trump card, but he can't pull one out if he's carrying another item.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Bios[edit]

  • Instruction booklet: A warrior from distant Hyrule. His sword and projectiles make him a versatile fighter.
  • Website: The hero of The Legend of Zelda series.
The design of this particular Link comes from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
Link wields the Master Sword and a diverse arsenal of equipment.'
Use all of his weapons to adapt to the ebb and flow of battle.

Trophies[edit]

# Name Image Appearance(s) Description
5 Link
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NES The Legend of Zelda
WII The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
A young man who emerged to rescue Hyrule from peril. He's the bearer of the Triforce of Courage who fights to keep Ganondorf from conquering the world. His green outfit is a constant throughout the series. He's a skilled swordsman, horseman, and archer. He's also proficient with bombs and boomerangs.
339 Wolf Link
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WII The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Link's alternate form in the Twilight Realm. In this form, he cannot use weapons such as swords or shields, but he can attack with a ferocious wolf bite. He also has a number of unique skills inherent to his beast form, such as a keen sense of smell, the ability to dig, and a loud wolf howl.

Stickers[edit]

Image Game Effect
Epona Link Sticker.png Zelda: Ocarina of Time [Arm, Leg] - Attack +9
Usable by: Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, Toon Link
Link Legend of Zelda Sticker.png The Legend of Zelda [Specials: Indirect] - Attack +17
Link Link to the Past Sticker.png Zelda: Link to the Past [Electric] - Resistance +31
Usable by: Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, Toon Link
Link TP Sticker.png Zelda: Twilight Princess [Slash] - Resistance +27
Usable by: Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, Toon Link

Snake's codec[edit]

  • Snake: Otacon, who's the guy with the sword?
  • Otacon: That's Link. He's the hero of Hyrule. That blade in his hand is called the Master Sword, also known as the "Blade of Evil's Bane." He also has a whole arsenal of items at his disposal--bombs and arrows, a shield, a boomerang, and a Clawshot. He's a force to be reckoned with.
  • Snake: Gear is only useful when it's used at the right time and place. Just lugging a ton of it around doesn't do you any good.
  • Otacon: ...I, uh... I wouldn't be talking if I were you, Snake.
  • Snake: What's that supposed to mean?
  • Otacon: You tell me, Mr. Utility Belt.
  • Snake: ...

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Name Image Appears in
(Wii U version only)
Description
Link LinkTrophy3DS.png
(3DS)
NES The Legend of Zelda (08/1987)
SNES The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (04/1992)
NA: Green clothes? Pointy hat? Yep, it's Link, all right! In this game, his sword and shield make for effective attacking and blocking, and his bow, bombs, and boomerang will spice up any battle. He's even brought his Clawshot for grabbing enemies and edges. Jeez, just how much stuff can Link carry?

EU: Green clothes? Pointy hat? Yep, it's Link, all right! In this game, his sword and shield make for effective attacking and blocking, and his bow, bombs, and boomerang will spice up any battle. He's even brought his Clawshot for grabbing enemies and edges. The hero of Hyrule is really kitted out for a brawl!

SSB4TrophyLink.png
(Wii U)
Link (Alt.) LinkTrophyAllStar3DS.png
(3DS)
N/A NA: If Link was on a desert island and could only pick one item, it'd be his powerful sword. This weapon is key to his down-air attack, a move with great launching potential and the ability to strike twice. He can also strike twice his his side smash—the second blow deals more damage and launches harder.

EU: Of all of his weapons, Link's sword may be the most lethal. His down air attack has incredible launching power. What's more, he'll bounce up afterwards, allowing for a follow-up strike. His side smash can also be followed up with a more powerful second blow that sends foes flying - just press the button again straight away.

Link(alt)TrophyWiiU.png
(Wii U)
NES The Legend of Zelda (08/1987)
SNES The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (04/1992)
NA: If Link was on a desert island and could only take one item, it'd be the Master Sword. This weapon is a key to his down air attack, a move with great launching potential and the ability to strike twice. He can also strike twice with his side smash–the second blow deals more damage and launches farther.

EU: Of all of his weapons, Link's sword may be the most lethal. His down air attack has incredible launching power. What's more, he'll bounce up afterwards, allowing for a follow-up strike. His side smash can also be followed up with a more powerful second blow that sends foes flying - just press the button again straight away.

Adult Link (Ocarina of Time) LinkOOTTrophy3DS.png N/A NA: The children from Kokiri Forest never seem to grow into adults. Just a young boy, Link is entrusted with a quest by the Great Deku Tree. He leaves the forest and eventually finds the Master Sword in the Temple of Time. When he awakes, he is seven years in the future and an adult!

EU: Link was once a carefree lad living with the Kokiri in Kokiri Forest, but one day, the Great Deku Tree entrusted him with an important task and he had to leave. His quest led him to find the Master Sword, and when he took it, seven years passed in the blink of an eye. Before he knew it, Link had grown into a young man!

Wolf Link WolfLinkTrophyWiiU.png Wii The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (11/2006) NA: Hey, who let a wolf in here? This is the spot for a trophy of Link! The wolf does look cool, though... Oh, oops! That wolf is Link, from Twilight Princess, after he steps into Twilight. It's actually a pretty handy transformation. Maybe the Master Sword can help him transform at will...

EU: Hold on a sec! Where's our dashing young swordsman? Oh... This IS him, just...in wolf form. When he steps into the eerie Twilight world, Link becomes this rough-looking beast! Luckily, he turns back into normal Link eventually, but with the Master Sword letting him transform at will, he might feel like going wolf again from time to time.

Triforce Slash (Link) TriforceSlashTrophyWiiU.png NA: Link makes use of the Triforce of Courage to trap foes, and then he launches a 16-blow combo. The final, mighty blow has the power to launch opponents off the stage. When Link prepares the attack, the ray of light he emits must strike a rival, or the attack will fail. Shielding will do nothing to stop this powerful attack.

Red indicates the Trophy or description is exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version.
Blue indicates the Trophy or description is exclusive to the Wii U version.

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Pit: Of all the fighters, Link is the one I most want to take down!
  • Palutena: Oh? Why's that?
  • Pit: We were born around the same time, and we both use a bow. He's totally ripping off my style.
  • Viridi: Puh-lease! Comparing Link to you is like comparing a star to a campfire.
  • Pit: What?!
  • Viridi: Just look at those chiseled features! His cheekbones could seriously cut glass.
  • Pit: Uh, earth to Viridi!
  • Viridi: Oh, I'm only kidding. The goddess of nature would never be interested in some hairless monkey!
  • Palutena: Oh, humans aren't all that bad. I could introduce you to him, if you'd like.
  • Viridi: Hmph. If you insist.
  • Palutena: Back to the fight at hand. Pit, you can reflect Link's projectile attacks using your Guardian Orbitars.
  • Viridi: Just watch out for his dreamy Clawshot!

amiibo[edit]

  • Link is the main character in The Legend of Zelda games. A young boy living in Hyrule, Link is often given the task of rescuing Princess Zelda and Hyrule from the Gerudo thief Ganondorf. Humble to the end, Link is known not merely as a hero but as a symbol of courage, strength and wisdom as well.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Snake's codec[edit]

  • Snake: Otacon, who's the guy with the sword?
  • Otacon: That's Link. He's the hero of Hyrule. That blade in his hand is called the Master Sword, also known as the "Blade of Evil's Bane." He also has a whole arsenal of items at his disposal--bombs and arrows, a shield, a boomerang... He's a force to be reckoned with.
  • Snake: Gear is only useful when it's used at the right time and place. Just lugging a ton of it around doesn't do you any good.
  • Otacon: ...I, uh... I wouldn't be talking if I were you, Snake.
  • Snake: What's that supposed to mean?
  • Otacon: You tell me, Mr. Utility Belt.
  • Snake: ...

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Pit: I can't put my finger on it, but Link seems...different somehow.
  • Palutena: Well, this Link is technically a different person from the Link you fought before. This incarnation is known as the Hero of the Wild. He was once Hyrule's Champion, but he fell into a 100-year slumber after using all his strength to fight the Calamity.
  • Pit: 100 years might not be a long time to a goddess like you, Lady Palutena, but that's more than enough time for an entire world to change.
  • Palutena: You're right, Pit. When Link woke from the slumber of restoration, not only was his world unrecognizable, he also lost his memory.
  • Pit: I can't even imagine what that would be like. Lady Palutena, isn't there something the gods can do to help him restore his memory?
  • Palutena: Meddling in the affairs of another world is never a good idea. Although I do like Link, and his swordsmanship is quite impressive. The Master Sword, also known as the sword that seals the darkness, reveals its true strength in the presence of the Calamity.
  • Pit: Cool! Does that mean it's OP against Ganondorf?
  • Palutena: No, Ganondorf is from a different game. You should really do more research before you jump into a fight. If you expect to win, you need to know your opponent's backstory and abilities. Link has a lot of different weapons at his disposal.

Mario series appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up Cameo on Chef/Waitress and Travel Guide pages. 1992 MS-DOS
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest One of Cranky Kong's Video Game Heroes 1995 SNES
Donkey Kong Land 2 One of Cranky Kong's Video Game Heroes 1996 Game Boy
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Cameo in Rose Town Inn 1996 SNES
Super Smash Bros. Playable Character 1999 Nintendo 64
Super Smash Bros. Melee Playable Character 2001 GameCube
Game & Watch Gallery 4 Playable in port of Zelda 2002 Game Boy Advance
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! Cameo in Microgame 2003 Game Boy Advance
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$! Cameo in Microgame 2003 GameCube
Donkey Kong Country 2 (GBA remake) One of Cranky Kong's Video Game Heroes 2004 Game Boy Advance
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Playable Character 2008 Wii
Super Mario 3D World Cameo in Rainbow Run 2013 Wii U
Mario Kart 8 Downloadable Playable Character 2014 Wii U
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Playable Character 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Playable Character 2014 Wii U
Super Mario Maker amiibo Costume 2015 Wii U
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Playable Character 2017 Nintendo Switch
WarioWare Gold Cameo in Microgame 2018 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Playable Character 2018 Nintendo Switch

Gallery[edit]

Name in other languages[edit]

Link[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese リンク
Rinku
Transliteration of international name
Spanish Link -
French Link -
Dutch Link -
German Link -
Italian Link -
Portuguese Link -
Russian Линк
Link
Transliteration of international name
Korean 링크
Ringkeu
Transliteration of international name
Chinese 林克
Línkè
Transliteration of international name

Dark Link[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダークリンク
Dāku Rinku
Spanish Link Oscuro
French Link Noir
German Schatten-Link Shadow Link
Italian Link Ombra Shadow Link
Russian Дарк Линк
Dark Link
Chinese 暗黑林克
Ànhēi Línkè

Trivia[edit]

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References[edit]

Link's page on other NIWA wikis:
  1. ^ http://mariopartylegacy.com/2014/09/new-details-from-super-smash-bros-for-3ds-event-in-japan/
  2. ^ Super Smash Bros. Melee North American instruction manual, page 42.
  3. ^ [1]