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The Evolution of Link - How Hyrule's Hero Changed Over 30 Years

Liz Finnegan | 24 Feb 2016 15:00
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1998 - Ocarina of Time


Ocarina of Time brought Link into the third dimension, and it was a massive leap - 3D was still new and people wanted the excitement that brought to the table, but also something that still felt like a Zelda game. And Ocarina - boy, did it make people feel. You grow with Link through the game, playing as both a child and adult version of the young hero. Link's fighting skills were completely overhauled with the implementation of Z-targeting.

2000 - Majora's Mask


He's had a million faces, and he's rocked them all. Following up Ocarina of Time was going to be a significant challenge. Instead of playing it safe, the entire Zelda formula was shaken up. Link still had the same appearance that he had as a child in Ocarina, but his look shifted radically throughout the course of the game. Deku shrub, Zora, Goron, and, most importantly, Fierce Deity. FIERCE DEITY. I used a picture of Link as a Deku scrub simply because we spent more time with him in that form. But holy cow... Fierce Deity Link really should come back for another main series game.

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