The Master Cycle is a bike in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. It is the signature bike of Skyward Sword-style Link. It is an inside drifting bike shaped after a horse, based and named after the signature sword Link wields in The Legend of Zelda series, the Master Sword. The sides of the bike feature the Hylian Shield. As stated on Nintendo of America's Twitter account, the Master Cycle has "plenty of horse power", a reference to Link traveling by horse in his games.
The artwork design for Link riding the Master Cycle is drawn in the same style as artwork from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, rather than 3D renders like the rest of the Mario Kart 8 characters.
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
In Mario Kart 8, the Master Cycle is included in The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content pack. The Master Cycle's strengths are its speed and handling, while its known weakness is its traction. It has the highest top speed of any bike and is tied with The Duke for having the highest weight and lowest acceleration of all bikes. The bike is unique in that no other vehicle part in the game shares its stats.
In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the Master Cycle is part of the base game and is randomly unlocked by collecting coins. A CPU Skyward Sword-style Link can use this bike body. However, its stats are different, with its only advantage being a small ground speed boost, while its water speed, acceleration, anti-gravity handling, traction, and mini-turbo are hindered. The Master Cycle shares its stats with the Sneeker and Gold Standard.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The Master Cycle appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Legend-class Grab-type primary spirit that has two support slots. When used, this spirit increases a fighter's speed in battle. The only way to obtain the spirit is by summoning it with a City Tripper, Mach Rider, Excitebike and an Attack-type core.
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Mario Kart series
Mario Kart 8
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit
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