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2002 - The Wind Waker
Wind Waker's release brought a radical visual shift to Hyrule's Hero, this time reimagined as "Toon Link," a cel-shaded bright and cartoony hero that matched the world he was popped into. Link was more expressive than he'd ever been before, with constantly changing expressions that were often silly, pensive and even impatient. Toon Link was speedier and made some fun friends. This depiction of Link would return post-The Wind Waker, in The Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks.
2004 - Four Swords Adventures
The first Four Swords was included with the Game Boy Advance release of A Link to the Past, marking the first multiplayer component of a Zelda Game. In 2004, that was expanded. Link splits into four different bodies, with his iconic green tunic accompanied by red, blue, and purple dressed Links. This led to some truly unique puzzles that required - shocker - multiple people.