Trivia / The Legend of Zelda

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Trivia for the franchise in general:

  • Link's name and appearance:
    • It was revealed in an interview Miyamoto gave to a French website that Link's appearance was, like Mario before him, influenced by the NES's graphical limitations. Miyamoto wanted Link to be easily recognizable, and able to visibly use his sword and shield. The weapons were thus made big and easily visible, and Link was given his trademark pointy hat and long ears so that he could easily be distinguished from his equipment despite the sprite's small size. The pointy hat and long ears, in turn, reminded Miyamoto and his team of elves, most notably Disney's Peter Pan, hence the decision to color Link's outfit green and make his design more elf-like.
    • From the same interview, it was also revealed that Link's name came from an early idea for the series: the Triforce was meant to be a bunch of electronic chips that the hero would collect by traveling between the future and the past. The hero was named "Link" to symbolize the fact that he was the Link between the time periods. Even though the series ended up taking on a totally different approach, the name "Link" stuck ever since.
    • His name's also doubly appropriate in a Bilingual Bonus sense: "Links" is German for "left". In the games that don't have motion controls, he's left-handed, plus there's also the "Four Swords" games where he splits into multiple Links.
  • Adaptation Sequence: Video games —> Cartoon —> Comic
  • Cash Cow Franchise: One of Nintendo's Big Three, along with Mario and Pokémon.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Most of the Links have one out of necessity. Usually it's an abridgment of their hero titles (fanon or canon) - Wind, Sky, Time, Twilight, etc.
    • Most Zelda games from Four Swords Adventures (i.e. since 2004) onwards, save for a few promotional disks with a handful of tracks each, either received an official soundtrack many years after the game was released or didn't get an official soundtrack at all. Thus many music themes have been nicknamed by fans. Standout examples would be "Midna's Desperate Hour" from Twilight Princess (which was later on officially titled "Midna's Lament" in Super Smash Bros. Brawl), "Link and Zelda's Duet" from Spirit Tracks, and "Romance" from Skyward Sword.
  • Killer App: It's guaranteed that a Zelda release will coincide with a massive spike in Nintendo console sales. It (along with Mario) is basically Nintendo's home console equivalent to Pokémon.
  • No Export for You:
    • Several Zelda manga have yet to be released outside of Japan.
    • Tetra's Trackers from the Japanese version of Four Swords Adventures.
    • The Satellaview games for the Super Famicom: the first being a remake of Zelda 1 (with different map layouts), and the second being a Timed Mission in the A Link to the Past engine, where your hero (not Link, who is currently stuck on Koholint Island) must collect the 8 stone tablets to seal Ganon again, after his seal weakened.
    • The three Tingle Spin-Off games: the first one, Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, was released only in Japan and Europe; the US version was cancelled under popular demand from an online NOA poll. It has greed as a game mechanic. The latter two, only released in Japan, are a Ballon Fight clone, and a sequel to the first game but with Dating Sim elements, of all things.
  • What Could Have Been: Imagi Studios, prior to their closing, release a short for a pitch to Nintendo to produce an animated film based on Zelda in 2007. Obviously, the pitch did not succeed.
  • Word of Gay: Inverted. Aonuma stated in an interview that Tingle is not gay, "just an odd person".

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