Toon Link Returns In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U And 3DS

Toon Link Returns In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U And 3DS

Toon Link's reveal comes right in-between the digital and retail release of Wind Waker HD for Wii U.

Just in time for the retail release of Wind Waker HD for the Wii U, Nintendo has confirmed that Toon Link will be returning in the latest iteration of its mascot fighter: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. The reveal is accompanied by a slew of screenshots featuring Toon Link in both the Wii U and the 3DS versions of the game. Toon Link was first introduced to the Smash Bros. series in Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii, and we previously saw a stage in the 3DS version of the new game that featured Toon Link and his train from Spirit Tracks.

Check him out in the gallery below:

While seeing the cell-shaded version of Link enter the brawl is sure to put a smile on the faces of many Zelda fans, I can't help but feel a little puzzled. Masahiro Sakurai previously stated that he wanted to "trim the fat" from the Smash Bros. roster by removing characters that aren't very unique. In Smash Bros. Brawl, Toon Link had pretty much the exact same moveset as regular Link, so this seems to be a direct contradiction to his statement.

Nonetheless, Toon Link's reveal among the release of Wind Waker HD seems to confirm something of a trend. The Animal Crossing Villager was revealed just after Animal Crossing: New Leaf came out in the US, Olimar was confirmed in the lead up to Pikmin 3's release, and Luigi was revealed right around the time New Super Luigi U came out. With Pokemon X and Y right around the corner, you Pokemon Trainer fans might want to keep an eye on the official Smash Bros. website...

Source: Super Smash Bros.

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You Know What would be cool? If Young Link came back with the ability to transform with his masks and Fierce Deity is his Super Smash.

Fffffffffffffffffffffuck yer!

Toon Link was always more fun to play than non-chibi Link.

Wook at his wittle face, he's so happy to beat the crap out of people, yes he is!

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesss

Always liked playing the little guys in SSB. Toon Link and Kirby are my go to guys.

Steven Bogos:
While seeing the cell-shaded version of Link enter the brawl is sure to put a smile on the faces of many Zelda fans, I can't help but feel a little puzzled. Masahiro Sakurai previously stated that he wanted to "trim the fat" from the Smash Bros. roster by removing characters that aren't very unique. In Smash Bros. Brawl, Toon Link had pretty much the exact same moveset as regular Link, so this seems to be a direct contradiction to his statement.

Is it possible that either they'll be changing up his moveset so that he's not a dupe of regular growed-up Link, or that when Sakurai didn't necessarily mean that all none-unique characters would be chopped?

I want this game to be good on 3DS so I can pick it up.

I think they needed to get rid of all of the 'clone' characters. The bane of fighting games IMO.

And everyone is surprised, what with link to the past 2 and wind waker hd right around the corner and all.

Something unexpected would be nice. Mega evolution mewtwo or something.

Wow, that's a surprise: a lot of people were guessing he'd be cut, especially since Toon Link is an NPC in one of the new stages.

What will be interesting to see going forward is whether or not Toon Link will once again prove superior to his adult counterpart. Hell, in Brawl he was the ONLY decent Zelda character - the other three have been busy occupying the bottom 3 spots of the tier lists for as long as I can remember.

How cute.
*pats Links head*
Welp...
*Goes back to replaying NOLF 2 and not caring about any new releases*

On the one hand... Yaaaaaay! Cartoon Link is the best Link!

One the other... His physical proportions in these screen shots seem a bit too realistic, making his big head look slightly creepy.

GOD DAMN IT

I hate that chibi little bastard. Hate hate hate hate him. One Link is enough, and this little motherfucker always pisses me off, because they make him more powerful than the actual Link. Smash Bros. always winds up unbalanced in favor of the cutesy little characters like Toon Link or Mr. Game and Watch, and I hate it.

I've always thought the more characters the better. Get as many unique characters in the game as possible, then throw in some re-skins with slight tweaks.

Is Peach doing Toon Links hair in that one shot? XD

Toon Link was always fun to play as, and fun to play against. He's just so much more expressive than most of the characters.

...I'm going to be the minority I'm sure. But: Boooooo.

Never liked Pichu or Toon Link.

Luigi distinguishes himself JUST enough and Falco skirts the line. But there's so many colourful characters they could add and they choose 'Toon Link'.

BooooooOOooOoooo.

Trimming the fat with character roster and...they fill up on this. I am disappoint.

I suppose I can understand the choice. I've never been a huge fan of the "clone" characters (or of Wind Waker for that matter), but Toon Link is a bit more relevant these days than say, Young Link.

Hooray! Toon Link was always one of my favorite characters. I hope they return to the wraith color scheme, with the black skin and red eyes... that would be cool. :D

well I hope they don't keep this announcement pattern up because unless they have a New Mr game and watch game planned out I won't be getting my best character back. I also hope that they make toon link more, different, I mean toon link has a a conducting wand that can control the wind and weather that could make for some good moves.

I'm rather puzzled that Toon Link made the cut after the "trim the fat" statement. Maybe he's getting new moves and powers to separate him from his adult counterpart. At least that is what I'm hoping for.

So... when the hell are we getting announcements for new characters? Not to be rude but its been a couple months since E3 and the news on SSB for 3DS and WiiU has been slower than a turtle stuck in molasses. I know its coming out in 2014 but you gotta keep the buzz alive and well until launch day. Plus the fact that no demo has been mentioned for the public to play with is rather disheartening.

Well my friend is gonna be happy that's for sure. Now for then to announce Sonic being in the game after Lost World comes out, and his new move set would include Wisp powers.
If this is not the case the Sakuari, I will be major disappoint in you. >.<

Personally, I never got the hang of using Link and Toon Link, I was too busy playing as Kirby, although his return makes me happy.

Heres hoping that they make them more different than Iron man/War Machine in MVC2.
Maybe have attacks that the other version can't use?
There HAS to be weapons and abilities that were exclusive to Twilight!Link and Toon!Link.

I hope they de-clone him a bit. I got nothing against characters with similar movesets, but they have to be unique and have different playstyles. I would image Toon Link being a lot lighter and faster, and maybe having more of a hit-and-run style.

And while we're on the subject of characters, CHROM. LUCINA. NOW.

It looks like Toon Link will have the Wind Waker as a weapon, so I guess he will have at least one unique attack that differentiates him from Vanilla Link. Still, they could have put in a totally different character rather than a duplicate for marketing reasons.

While I did like playing as Toon Link more than regular Link I kinda wish they would announce a new character rather than someone returning... Oooooh welllllllll. I'm already set on buying the game anyway.

He seems like a modified yet useless clone of normal Link, I am disappointed. :|

In the last picture...poor normal Link, he looks atrocious.

CJ1145:
GOD DAMN IT

I hate that chibi little bastard. Hate hate hate hate him. One Link is enough, and this little motherfucker always pisses me off, because they make him more powerful than the actual Link. Smash Bros. always winds up unbalanced in favor of the cutesy little characters like Toon Link or Mr. Game and Watch, and I hate it.

wasn't game & watch super underpowered for like every game until brawl due to being super light but kinda slow

now, if you wanted to complain about jigglypuff...

weirdguy:

CJ1145:
GOD DAMN IT

I hate that chibi little bastard. Hate hate hate hate him. One Link is enough, and this little motherfucker always pisses me off, because they make him more powerful than the actual Link. Smash Bros. always winds up unbalanced in favor of the cutesy little characters like Toon Link or Mr. Game and Watch, and I hate it.

wasn't game & watch super underpowered for like every game until brawl due to being super light but kinda slow

now, if you wanted to complain about jigglypuff...

game and watch was considerably more powerful in melee then he was in brawl. brawl nerfed quite a few characters most notably to me being fox, game and watch, luigi, and regular link(he needed more damage to get knockout blows more often.)

Yahooooo! I know I really hate clones, but Toon/young Link is my best character after regular Link. I'll just have to be a super hypocrite for this one time.

Give me 8-bit Link. In fact, give me some 8bit secret characters for more then just Link. That would be fucking amazing even if they did have huge disadvantages. You could really stick it to the bad players by playing with such an obvious handicap.

huh, didn't expect him to show back up. Then again we are getting Wind Waker HD so it sorta makes sense

I'm hoping Toon Link's not going to be too much of a clone (if he even is one). I grew up with Windwaker, so his cell-shaded persona has a special place in my heart. Also, really, really, really hoping this is a super-serious character inclusion, and not a thinly-veiled plug for future Toon games.

I say this in every fucking Smash Bros thread, but here it is especially appropriate.

Where the fuck is my Yoshi? I'm seriously starting to get worried now. They're bringing back a goddamn clone and still insisting they're "trimming the fat?" Christ, they haven't even announced any new characters beyond the E3 ones! They're doing a really terrible job at building up hype for this one.

Whenever I hear news about Super Smash Bros, it only lessens any hype I have for it rather than strengthen it. I hope they didn't drop one of the characters that's cool in favour of toon Link, but that's just my personal preference.

 

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