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The Legend of Zelda: The Missing Link is a console compatible Game Mod of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which serves as an Interquel between it and Majora's Mask. Set after Link's return from the future, it follows him tracking down a thief who has stolen all of the fairies in the hopes of being reunited with Navi.
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Notable for being the first major (completed) overhaul hack for Ocarina of Time that isn't a simple texture swap, proof of concept, or a randomizer. The game features completely new maps and models, a new item completely different from anything in the base game, and, most impressively, a completely new boss that isn't based on any of the ones in Ocarina of Time.

Although it's of short lengthnote , the sheer scope of what the hack does is more than impressive display of what can be done with an Ocarina of Time ROM.

The original download link was in the game's trailer but, unfortunately, it has been taken down due to a copyright claim by Nintendo. It's still possible to find a copy of the patcher file or pre-patched ROM on the net but, of course, it is against Trope policy to provide such a link.

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Not to be confused with an episode of the 80s cartoon.

This game provides examples of:

  • Anti-Frustration Feature:
    • Since the player actually needs to use the Soul-Charged Sword's Sword Beams to solve certain puzzles, charging a spin attack will let the player fire it regardless of how much health they have.
    • Cojiro will teleport back to Malon if Link leaves an area without carrying him, preventing the player from losing track of him.
  • Arbitrary Mission Restriction: The Bunny Hood can't be used in Arborachnid's boss room despite it working everywhere else in the game, forcing Link to rely on the Magic Hourglass to win.
  • Bridge Logic: Link has to knock down a tree with his Sword Beams in order to leave Kokiri Forest.
  • Broken Bridge: Several, including a literal bridge to Cluck Cluck Ranch that gets smashed by the Deku Scrubs on Deku Road.
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  • Call-Back: The code that the Deku Scrub Brothers give Link to get through the Monktown Maze is "Twenty-three is number one", the same one that was needed to reach Gohma in Ocarina of Time.
  • Call-Forward: A book in the Monktown Valley Library talks about how warriors can become Stalfos when they die, hinting at Link becoming the Hero's Shade by the time of Twilight Princess.
  • The Cameo: Portraits of Dampe can be found in a bedroom in Cluck Cluck Ranch.
  • Dark Reprise: The Deep Woods and Arborachnid's boss theme both contain snippets of Saria's Song.
  • Dungeon Town: Monktown Valley functions as a mini-dungeon, with Link having to find various hidden passageways that lead to different parts of the nearby sanctuary.
  • Fisher King: With the Great Deku Tree dead and his replacement having yet to sprout, plant life in Kokiri forest has begun to wilt.
  • Flaming Sword: Downplayed. While The Soul-Charged Sword is not on fire, its Sword Beams have fire properties which are useful for both burning enemies and solving puzzles.
  • Forest of Perpetual Autumn: Dead leaves constantly rain down in the Deep Woods, and the area has a much redder color pallete in contrast to the greenery of the rest of the game.
  • Giant Spider: Skulltulas serve as a recurring enemy in Hollow Root Keep. Arborachnid is also a giant spider/tree hybrid.
  • Masochist's Meal: There's a salesman in the Deku Grove who is addicted to eating Deku Nuts and is willing to trade you a Bunny Hood for 20 of them. You know, those things that paralyze you just by being in the general vicinity when one is cracked opened. He's even willing to sell you his pants for 100 of them (not that you can actually take him up on the offer, since you're limited to a maximum of 20).
  • Merchant City: Deku Grove is a more arboreal take on this setting, with many Business Scrubs gathering to sell goods at inflated prices.
  • Money for Nothing: The only things you actually have to buy with rupees to beat the game are some bombchus in Monktown so that you can get your hands on a Deku Pass. Everything else is completely optional.
  • One-Winged Angel: The fairy collector uses the power of the fairies to transform themselves into Arborachnid.
  • Planimal: Arborachnid -as it's name suggests- is part giant spider, part tree.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child:
    • A book in the Monktown Valley Library claims that bombchus are created by binding the souls of mice to bombs, though Word of God states that its an In-Universe Factoid Failure.
    • Saria created the Soul-Charged Sword by binding her own soul to the blade after she was mortally wounded by Arborachnid, giving it it's Sword Beam abilties in addition to letting her briefly act as a Spirit Advisor.
  • Severely Specialized Store: The Bombchu shop only sells bombchus, as its name would imply.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: A book in the Monktown Valley Library mentions how the inhabitants of the town once angered the gods who watched over the valley, with their descendants being forced to watch over the nearby sanctuary. The entire town ends up being turned into ReDeads when a trio of Gerudo thieves disturb the spirits that reside there.
  • Spirit Advisor: Saria, due to her soul being in the Soul-Charged Sword.
  • Sprint Shoes: Link can trade 20 Deku Nuts for the Bunny Hood, which functions similarly to how it does in Majora's Mask. Link needs to use it to make several jumps that would be far to big to make otherwise, in addition to winning a race against Epona to gain access to Cojiro.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Saria is dead before the game even begins, with her spirit residing in the Soul-Charged Sword.
  • Sword Beam: The Soul-Charged Sword can shoot out energy beams, much like in 2D Zelda games. Link can use it at any time, though it requires him to charge a sword spin first if he isn't at full health.
  • Time Master: The Magic Hourglass rewinds time for Link while keeping everything else around him the same, essentially teleporting him to where he was several seconds prior.
  • Tree Trunk Tour: Hollow Root Keep, the game's only true dungeon, takes place within a giant tree. It resembles an evil version of the Deku Tree from the outside, but shows no signs of sentience.
  • Turns Red: During the second phase of the final boss fight, Arborachnid will begin shooting laser beams from the eyes on its back.
  • The Unreveal: It's never shown what the fairy collector looked like before they transformed into Arborachnid.
  • Was Once a Man: The Fairy thief performed experiments on kidnapped villagers, which transformed them into Cursed Skulltulas. It's unknown if they ever do (or even can) regain their human/hylian forms.
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