Young Link is the incarnation of Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, this young, child version of Link turns into the adult version of him about midway through the game, after pulling out the Master Sword. In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, the player plays as Young Link throughout its entirety.
Young Link appears as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Melee, being treated as a separate character from the adult Link. After being absent as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, he returned in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Young Link is shown to be quite skilled with a short sword, as well as many other weapons. Young Link's name in Japanese translates to "Child Link" (こどもリンク, Kodomo Rinku), though despite this, his name is still announced as "Young Link" in the Japanese versions of Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, unlike Villager and Hero.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Melee
In Super Smash Bros Melee, Young Link is an unlockable character, unlocked by beating Classic or Adventure Mode with 10 characters, including Link and Zelda/Sheik, or by playing 500 Melee matches, and he then must be defeated on Great Bay. Young Link's moves are similar to Link's, though while Young Link is faster and lighter, he is also weaker. As Young Link is shorter and wields the smaller Kokiri Sword, his attacks do not have as much range. Young Link's Deku Shield is also not as strong as Link's Hylian Shield, as it does not protect against stronger projectiles. Young Link, however, can Wall Jump, which Link is not able to do. Young Link is voiced Fujiko Takimoto, who provided his voice clips for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Young Link is one of the five playable characters from Super Smash Bros. Melee who is no longer playable in this game (the other four being Dr. Mario, Pichu, Mewtwo, and Roy), possibly being replaced by Toon Link, who functions very similarly to Young Link. However, he does have a collectible Sticker, and is playable in a demo of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
While Young Link does not make any appearance whatsoever in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, he is referenced in the trophy "Adult Link (Ocarina of Time)". Young Link is also indirectly referenced via Link's eighth alternate costume, which is almost identical to Young Link's Fierce Deity transformation. Lastly, Toon Link's Hero Bow has a custom variation based on Young Link's Fire Bow.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Young Link, after being absent as a fighter in the previous three Super Smash Bros. games, returns as an unlockable playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Due to Link's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild-based changes, Young Link is now considered an entirely unique fighter from him, though his moveset shares a few similarities with Toon Link's. Young Link gains a Final Smash, the Triforce Slash, which he shares with Toon Link. Young Link gains his new on-screen appearance and two new taunts, and Young Link can give a battle cry during a victory animation.
Young Link benefits from universal changes: his overall mobility is faster, his short hop timing is reduced, his aerials have less landing lag, and he can use ground attack out of a run and use his aerials on ladders. Young Link's recovery is better, since his double jump grants more height, while directionally air dodging does not leave him helpless anymore. However, Young Link's air and falling speeds are decreased, unlike fellow veterans; additionally, some of his moves deal less damage and knockback, or more startup and ending lag.
On a side note, Young Link is the only character that has a Korean announcement but no Japanese announcement, while all other characters with Korean announcements (namely Ice Climbers, Villager, Rosalina & Luma, Greninja, Isabelle, and Incineroar) have both.
Classic Mode route
Young Link's Classic Mode route pits him against fighters from The Legend of Zelda series.
The Fire Bow is Young Link's standard special move in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, based on the Fire Arrow upgrade recurring throughout The Legend of Zelda series. The move deals less damage than Link's Bow, and the arrow does not travel as far, but has a longer hitstun and deals fire damage.
The Boomerang from The Legend of Zelda series is Young Link's side special move in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, shared with Link and Toon Link. It is designed specifically after the one used in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. When thrown, the Boomerang damages any opponents it hits and automatically returns to Young Link once it hits an opponent or wall. The player can hold the control stick to make it fly farther, and it 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. Compared to Link's Boomerang, Young Link's Boomerang does not travel as far, and it is not as powerful, but it can be controlled better.
The Spin Attack is Young Link's up special move in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Shared with Link and Toon Link, the move is based on the Spin Attack move recurring throughout The Legend of Zelda series. When used, the character spins around rapidly with their sword to deal damage. When used in the air, the move also gives the character some vertical and horizontal distance. Unlike Link's Spin Attack, Young Link's version of the move, as well as Toon Link's version, can draw in opponents to deal multiple hits, although Young Link's has less range.
The Bomb is Young Link's down special move in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, shared with Link and Toon Link, and based on the item recurring throughout The Legend of Zelda series. Young Link's Bomb in particular is based on the ones from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. When used, Young 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. Unlike Link and Toon Link's Bombs, the explosion from Young Link's Bombs can hit multiple times. The player cannot use the move while holding another item, as Bombs count as an item.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Young Link gains the Triforce Slash as his Final Smash. Like with Toon Link (and Link in the previous games), Young Link fires an arrow and traps an opponent between two Triforces. He then rushes forward and repeatedly slashes at them before thrusting and launching them away.
Young Link appears in the microgame Ocarina of Time in WarioWare: Smooth Moves (found in 9-Volt's stage). The object is to have him pull the Master Sword by the Janitor form, and he will transform into a different form depending on the level: Adult Link on level 1, an elderly Link on level 2, or a Cucco on level 3. This microgame reappears in WarioWare Gold.
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Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Mario series appearances
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