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The Legend of Zelda series has been referenced several times within various forms of media. These forms include direct cameos from other Nintendo series as well as in other unofficial allusions from unaffiliated games, television shows or movies.
Licensed Nintendo Cameos
- Animal Crossing
- Gulliver and Kapp'n make references to Hyrule, such as a 'Hyrulean prison'.
- If the player catches a loach, his or her character says, "I wonder if it's Hylian?"
- The Master Sword is available as an item.
- A Nintendo Entertainment System console with the full version of The Legend of Zelda was to be available as an item, but was made unobtainable. It can still be played by hacking into the game, however.
- Kafei's shirt and Anju's shirt are available as clothes for the main character.
- On the back wall of the fortune teller's tent, there is a picture of the Triforce.
- Tortimer tells a story about him defeating the great sea snakes at Pinnacle Rock, which is what Link has to do in Majora's Mask.
- In some villagers' houses, if the player tries to look in a cupboard or drawer, they may get a message that says that they've found some Rupees but cannot use them as currency in the game.
- Animal Crossing: Wild World
- The Triforce and the Master Sword are available as furniture.
- Villagers occasionally talk about a boy in green who shot things out of the air with a Slingshot.
- Animal Crossing: City Folk
- Majora's Mask, Link's hat and tunic, and Midna's mask all appear as items that can be worn.
- The Triforce and Master Sword return from previous games.
- Animal Crossing for the Nintendo GameCube had an e-Reader feature. Scanning certain cards added Zelda based pattern designs to be used as wallpaper, clothing, etc.
- Animal Crossing: Jump Out
- Link's hat and tunic appear as items that can be worn.
- The Triforce and Master Sword return from previous games.
Cranky's Video Game Heroes in Donkey Kong Country 2
- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest
- If the game is beaten with 18 Video Game Hero Coins (in the form of DK Coins) or less, third place in Cranky's Video Game Heroes will be held by Link, behind Yoshi and Mario. Link's appearance is based on the design used for official art in A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening, albeit with darker hair, possibly due to palette limitations. He appears unequipped, and looks around the room before crossing his arms. In the Game Boy Advance version, Link takes the second place instead of Yoshi (at the time of the original game, Yoshi's Island had just been released). As the game used pre-rendered sprites, this marks the first time Link had been rendered in three dimensions for a game.
- Donkey Kong Land 2
- As a remake of the SNES adventure, this game also includes the same Video Game Heroes lineup as the Super NES equivalent.
- Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble
- If the main characters buy a shell from Bazaar's Shop, ask him about a castle, and refuse to pay for the story; Bazaar will tell them a story about another boy who asked about a castle and paid for it in Rupees.
- Donkey Konga
- A version of The Legend of Zelda theme is featured in this game.
- The player can buy a The Legend of Zelda-themed bongo sound set.
- Donkey Konga 2: Hit Song Parade
- A version of The Legend of Zelda theme is featured in this game.
- Donkey Konga 3: Tabehoudai! Haru Mogitate 50 Kyoku
- This game contains a song based on The Legend of Zelda theme.
Sword Kirby firing a Sword Beam
in Kirby Super Star
- Kirby series
- In several games, starting with Kirby Super Star, Kirby's Sword ability makes many reference to Link, most notably with a hat based on Link's cap from A Link to the Past, the most recent design at the time of release (although with the addition of a bobble at the tip). The sword Kirby uses was also made into a design resembling the Master Sword, and Kirby gains many abilities based on those used by Link, such as the Sword Beam and Down Thrust, and in Kirby's Return to Dream Land he is even able to use Link's trademark Spin Attack, complete with him charging energy before the attack is unleashed.
- Kirby Super Star
- In The Great Cave Offensive, one of the treasures to collect is the Triforce. According to Nintendo, the reason for this and the references to other Nintendo games are because the developers wanted to repay the favor of having Kirby appear in Link's Awakening.
- Kirby: Canvas Curse
- On Level 3 of Paint Roller's minigame, Kirby sometimes has to draw a Triforce shape.
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
- One creature named Bonehead resembles a Bubble, which may or may not be a reference.
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- The warp whistle plays the same tune as the one in The Legend of Zelda. It also summons a cyclone in the same way. This cameo appears in remakes of Super Mario Bros. 3 (Super Mario All-Stars, Super Mario All Stars + Super Mario World, and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3).
- Picross NP Vol. 5
- All of the puzzles in Character Mode are from The Legend of Zelda series. The images used are of Navi, the Fairy Ocarina, the Keaton Mask, the Fairy Slingshot, Kaepora Gaebora, Princess Zelda, Link, Princess Ruto, Epona, Darunia, Deku Scrub, and Ganondorf.
- Picross DS has 1 puzzle of the original Link sprite. Found as an unlockable following the completion of all 10 levels of Normal Mode.
- Super Mario RPG
If Mario sleeps at the Inn at Rose Town, Link will be sleeping in the bed next to him. If Mario talks to him it will play the classic Zelda discovery theme. As seen here.
Link in Rose Town's Inn after Mario get the second star.
- Yoshi's Story
- The player can read the word "Zelda" on the newspaper background in Stages 2-3 and 2-4.
- Mario Golf
- Random names of characters from other Nintendo games are put on the scoreboards. Darunia, Deku Scrub, Goron Kid, Impa, Link, Malon, Navi, Saria, Sheik, Talon, and Zelda are included.
- Super Mario Sunshine
- The character Il Piantissimo has a (masked) face reminiscent of the Running Man from Ocarina of Time and the Postman from Majora's Mask.
- Mario and Luigi: The Superstar Saga
- One of the items is the Great Force, a yellow triangle. The people at TMK discovered that the item was originally supposed to be the Triforce and Link was supposed to appear when the player got it.
- Mario Party 7
- Everytime a Cruise Secret is purchased, the text box says, "Shhh... It's a secret to everybody!"
- Super Paper Mario
- Throughout the game Mario is guided by a hint giving Pixl named Tippi. She has the appearance of a rainbow colored (but mostly light blue) butterfly, and is obviously a parody of Navi. Also, when Mimi insists that Mario pays for a vase he broke, she will not accept coins, since she prefers to use octagonal gems called Rubees, again a parody of Rupee. There is a Pixl inside a bathroom on the moon named "Fleep" which requests a piece of paper. Mario then must buy a map, which is then used a toilet paper by Fleep (in a similar way to ???), who rewards him by joining his team.
- Super Mario Galaxy
- Game director Yoshiaki Koizumi said in an interview with Nintendo Power (issue #225) that the battle strategy against the boss character Megaleg is inspired by what was going to be used for the final battle against Ganon in Ocarina of Time, but that was scrapped due to difficulty on camera control. Also, in the third mission of Good Egg Galaxy, Mario fights giant creatures that resemble Deku Scrubs firing cannonballs at him. In one galaxy, a giant Rupee appears and grants Mario a large amount of star bits.
- Super Mario Galaxy 2
- In one of the galaxies, a Gearmo will ask Mario for a Goomba. After the plumber gives him the Goomba, he will hold it up in the air exactly like Link does when he gets an item.
- Super Mario 3D Land
- World 5-2 is heavily based on the Zelda series and was created to honor the game's 25th anniversary. Played predominantly from a top-down perspective and involving Mario moving from room to room in a similar manner to a traditional Zelda dungeon. A puzzle to obtain a Star Coin involves lighting torches using Fire Mario which causes the Zelda "puzzle solved" musical cue to play, and the dungeon includes traps that mimic those that appear in Zelda games, such as Guruguru Bars, Spiked Rollers, and Spinies appear as enemies, who also appear in the Zelda series in the form of Spiked Beetles.
- Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
- In Mission C-3: Roundhouse Brawl in the Old Clockworks, the Ancient Poltergeist (Elder Boffin in the PAL release) is briefly seen arranging six bricks into the shape of the Triforce. As he does this, the background music briefly plays the "item found" refrain from the Zelda games.
- Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
- The game's concept of light/dark duality, as well as the collection of Temple Keys, was compared to the gameplay mechanic from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. In fact, the developer of the game, Retro Studios, was assisted by one of the creators of the SNES Zelda game to properly incorporate the aforementioned concept into the new game.
- Interestingly, some game journalists and critics also compared this game to Majora's Mask, as both games are credited for being darker and more challenging than their respective predecessors, albeit also less influential.
- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
- Players can unlock a special feature known as Ship Bumper Stickers, which decorates Samus Aran's gunship with stickers based on certain Nintendo games that have data stored in the players' Wii consoles. One of these games is Twilight Princess, which makes the gunship have a sticker portraying the crest of the Triforce.
- As an extra note, the drawn pictures on planet Bryyo (which house scanable lore data for Samus) are reminiscent of The Wind Waker's cel-shading art style.
- WarioWare series
- Several of 9-Volt's games are based on The Legend of Zelda.
- During the credits, if the player pushes down the stars turn to Triforces.
- WarioWare: Smooth Moves
- Two of the minigames are based on various games of The Legend of Zelda series. One is based on The Wind Waker where the player's character flies with the Deku Leaf onto the wooden platform to reach the Forbidden Woods. The other is based on Ocarina of Time, where the Master Sword is pulled out of the Pedestal of Time. Plus, there is a pose called the Triforce.
Other Nintendo Games
- Big Brain Academy
- One of the puzzles to complete is the Triforce.
- Daigassou! Band Brothers
- One of the Nintendo-themed songs is a medley of Zelda songs.
- F-1 Race
- Link roots for the player on Course 5.
- Game and Watch Gallery 4
- Game & Watch Zelda is available as an unlockable bonus game.
- Golden Sun: The Lost Age
- Hidden within the game's source code is an un-used NPC sprite that greatly resembles Link.
- Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak
- There's a part in the game where the player goes to Sunny Peak and pulls The Legendary Spoon out of its pedestal, similar to Link pulling the Master Sword out of its pedestal. It references A Link to the Past, in which Link also had to get a blue, red and green orb before he could pull the sword from its pedestal. This specific quest has also been featured in several other Zelda games.
- Ham-Merchants across the game say "Buy something, will ya?", like the merchants from the first game.
- Kid Icarus: Uprising
- The Idol description for the Fairy Orbitars references Navi in the first sentence.
- Nintendo Land
- One of the minigames is called The Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest, and is a direct homage to the series, where the player takes on the role of Link and fights many monsters from the series in familiar landscapes.
- Aside from the obvious Zelda references relating to Battle Quest, the Triforce makes an appearance in Yoshi's Fruit Cart in Gate 30, where the player must make the shape of the relic using the stylus to complete the stage.
- The Triforce also appears as a possible shape in the Pachinko game found in the main Plaza.
- Pokemon Stadium 2
- In My Room mode, the player's character can decorate his room with consoles. On the NES, it is possible to see The Legend of Zelda; on the Super Nintendo, one can see A Link to the Past; and on the Nintendo 64, one can see Ocarina of Time.
- After winning a B-type game at or above level 9 with a height of at least 1, Link appears playing a flute.
- Upon beating level 9 in the NES version, a secret ending with various Nintendo characters, including Link, will be unlocked.
- Tetris DS
A Zelda-themed Tetris puzzle in Tetris DS
- This version of Tetris features Link prominently and includes a number of Zelda-themed games.
- Trace Memory
- In the U.S. version, the bookshelf in the Silver Bird Room contains a book called "The Legend of Zelda Chronology".
- Two of the stages are based on the original Legend of Zelda, utilizing sprites of Link, Zelda and Ganon. Each stage is accompanied by a remixed theme in a chiptune style; one based on the main theme, and the second being a rock-themed remix of the Death Mountain music.
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
- In the special episode "Igglybuff the Prodigy", there is a cutscene involving a room in a dungeon filled with many Zelda dungeon puzzle-like implements that a character explains are probably all used to open the door in that room. A later cutscene involves the same character talking about a single simple, common (but reverse-solution) Zelda puzzle type found in front of him inside another dungeon.
- Wii Music
- One of the songs playable is the Title Theme for The Legend of Zelda.
- Wii Sports Resort
- One of the stamps that can be obtained in the archery minigame is called "It's a Secret to Everybody."
- Wii Party
- The description for the "Flashlight Frights" mini-game starts with "It's dangerous to go alone."
Licenced Third-party Game Cameos
- Soulcalibur II
- Link is a playable character in the GameCube version.
- Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes
- If the player has a saved data The Wind Waker on the memory card, Psycho Mantis will mention this to Solid Snake.
- Dynasty Warriors VS
- Released exclusively in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS, the game features a costume of Link in his Skyward Sword incarnation (along with a costume of Zero Suit Samus). He is equipped with the True Master Sword and the Hylian Shield; however, he does not use them as it is only a costume and not a full character.
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition
- The Wii U version of the game includes many Nintendo-themed costumes for the characters, including Link, Ganon, Princess Zelda and Sheik, based predominantly on their Super Smash Bros. Brawl appearances.
- Scribblenauts Unlimited
- In the Wii U version of the game, many people and objects from the Mario and Zelda series can be created.
- Lego City Undercover
- The buses in the game are named as 'Epona' model buses.
Television and Movies
- The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
- In one episode, Mario is rescuing some aliens known as Quirks from Moon Man Koopa. In the episode, the Quirks sing a song to stop Koopa. The song that the Quirks play is the beginning theme from the Zelda cartoon.
- Captain N: The Game Master
- Princess Zelda and Link make guest appearances throughout the second season of this television series.
References Unlicensed by Nintendo
- 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
- In the kitchen, Lotus criticizes Junpei for being unable to identify an appetizer plate and its use. Junpei responds with "Well, excuuuuuuse me, princess".
- 3D Dot Game Heroes
- This game is about bringing back the 8-bit nostalgia, and shows many hints from many popular games, especially for The Legend of Zelda. Many of the Zelda similarities include:
- The over-world is very similar, it has many areas such as towns, dungeons, a lost forest, a castle, and a mountain area where rocks bounce while falling.
- If the chicken gets hit a many times, they will get mad and bring back up.
- The enemies resemble the Armos, Darknuts, Gibdos, Moblins, Keese, Lynels, Like likes, Octoroks, Stalfos, Tektikes, Zols, Wizzrobes, Patras, and a Ganon with extra arms, all in 3d pixels.
- The sword will shoot beams is the health is at its max.
- If a character breaks into a secret cave, he can either be rewarded or fined. Even an old man tells "It is a secret to everyone"
- A fairy will join the hero's party.
- One of their characters is called Moyomoto, who is brother to Wigy. A reference to the Zelda creator.
- The fight with the Dark Bishop Fuelle is very similar to the boss fight with Agahnim in Oracle of Season.
- The final boss name is Onyx, similar to Onox. Onyx is also a dragon, much like Onox's true form.
- The dungeons and it's puzzles are the same but in 3D.
- One of the levels is designed as a large Triforce.
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All
- In part 4-1 of the second case in Justice For All, Phoenix utters the line "Well, excuuuse me, Princess", a reference to The Legend of Zelda cartoon series.
- Dark Sector
- The creators of the game have stated they have been heavily influenced by The Legend of Zelda-games, and that the structure of the game is much like a Zelda game.
- One quest involves collecting the four pieces of the Quadforce. One piece is found outside Linken's house. The Quadforce is like the Triforce and the boss of the quest is Gananana, a name which sounds similar to Ganon, and the rewards are a dagger, sword and staff of eye-rule, which sounds like Hyrule. The rarest price which can only be sold for 250 gold is Ocarina of Thyme.
- Fable III
- In the Morning Wood Graveyard, one of the tombstones has the description of the famous original The Legend of Zelda quote: "It's dangerous to go alone, take this." If the player digs up the grave, they will obtain a toy sword.
- Final Fantasy I & II Dawn of Souls
- If the main character reads a certain tombstone in Final Fantasy I it reads "Here Lies Link". It is in the town of elves, Elfheim, near what could be called the bottom of the map. The original US localization for Final Fantasy I was done by Nintendo of America and this tombstone was changed to read "Here lies Erdrick" referring to the legendary hero from the Dragon Quest series. Subsequent ports and remakes changed the reference back to Link.
- I'm O.K. - A Murder Simulator
- Some of the opponents wear shirts with the Triforce on it.
The famous original The Legend of Zelda
phrase in Epic Mickey
- Epic Mickey
- Beluga Billy mentions the famous It's dangerous to go alone! Take this original The Legend of Zelda phrase when he gives an item to Mickey.
- Lords of Shadow
- At one point in the game, it mentions a Great "Dekuh" which was "the most gorgeous tree in the forest" and its "magical power protected the forest from the attacks of dark creatures", obviously a reference to the Great Deku Tree.
- League of Legends
- An item called the Trinity Force, a reference to the Triforce and often abbreviated as such by players, can be bought in-game.
- Neverwinter Nights
- A boss found in the game is called Ganon.
- Although Okami does not contain a direct reference, director Hideki Kamiya admits he has been influenced by The Legend of Zelda series in developing the PlayStation 2 title, which was also adapted to the Wii in 2008. Coincidentally, both Ōkami and Twilight Princess feature a wolf as a playable character.
- In the Ponc'tan area, the houses' doors show a symbol identical to that of Kokiri's Emerald.
- Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
- Flora's shawl has an image of a Triforce on it, which can be seen in the opening scene.
- Slingo Mystery 2
- In this 2010 online flash game, players come across a table with several masks on it, one of which is the Majora's Mask.
- The Simpsons Game
- When the player reaches the level "Enter the Cheatrix", Lisa yells "I hope I get to meet Zelda...ZELDA", while small hearts are falling from pipes.
- Spyro: A Hero's Tail
- When Spyro finds the ball gadget the professor mentions Gold Skulltula Tokens and Pieces of Heart.
- Players can create a set of vanity items called the Hero's Clothes which look very similar to Link's iconic tunic. The set is made of three parts: Hero's Hat, Shirt and Pants. The clothes do not affect the player's stats in any way.
- The Binding of Isaac
- This indie game by Edmund McMillen of Team Meat is an isometric dungeon crawler heavily influenced by the original Legend of Zelda. The most notable influence graphic-wise is the status bar, which closely mimics the design and style of the one in Zelda.
- Multiple items in the game are references to items in the first Legend of Zelda. Among them are Hearts, Bombs, and Keys, but there are also items that function the same and resemble the Compass, Map, and Stepladder.
- Several enemies behave similarly to enemies from The Legend of Zelda. Some of these enemies behave the same as Ropes and Darknuts. The boss Chub has the same weakness as Dodongo.
- When using the "Teleport!" item, there is a slim chance that it will take you to a secret room. The room contains a character who says "I AM ERROR".
- The Longest Journey
- The keyholes on the communication statues on the Island of Alais have a symbol that resembles the Triforce.
- Warcraft II
Temple of the Damned
- In Warcraft II and its expansion, one can see the Triforce in one of the stones of the Temple of the Damned.
- Warcraft III
- In Warcraft III and the expansion, if the player clicks a "Druid of the Claw" enough times he will say "Can't ... stop ... DANCING!" possibly in reference to Darunia (with music in the background somewhat like Saria's Song).
- World of Warcraft
- A long quest chain is available in the zone Un'Goro Crater which heavily references The Legend of Zelda series.
- It begins when the player locates a stranded raft (a reference to Link's Awakening) in Un'Goro Crater, which starts the quest "It's a Secret to Everybody". The player must then find a bag nearby it, containing a Curled Map Parchment, a Large Compass, a Lion-headed Key, and a Faded Photograph. The photograph shows a picture of a pair of gnomes dressed similarly to Zelda and Link, standing in front of a ruined castle. The player then has to find the gnome dressed as Link in the photo, named Linken, who is located at a camp in the zone, to continue.
- Further down the quest-line, the player is tasked with stealing a plant from a gnoll named Miblon Snarltooth. Miblon will respond with "Grumble grumble" if he is spoken to. To distract Miblon to steal the plant, the player must purchase a Bait item from a nearby dwarf, who will sell it to the main character with the quote, "Buy something, will ya?" Both quotes, and the ability of meat to distract monsters, are a reference to the first Zelda.
- Near the end of the quest-line, the player must summon a water elemental named Aquementas to do a task for them, in reference to the dragon Aquamentus.
- The end of the quest chain, named "It's Dangerous to Go Alone", involves the player slaying a fire elemental and taking the Golden Flame it was guarding back to Linken. The Golden Flame resembles a golden triangle, and Linken says it is "dangerous in the hands of those with an evil heart." The rewards for completing this quest are Linken's Sword of Mastery, Linken's Boomerang, and the Spirit of Aquementas.
- There is a kodo in Un'Goro Crater named Dadanga, and its owner says it "dislikes smoke." A reference to the first game, when a man says "DODONGO DISLIKES SMOKE."
- World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
- In the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm expansion pack, Linken reappears as a guest party member at Sethria's Roost in Mount Hyjal. He rides a brown horse resembling Epona. Linken also says some of Link's quotes, "Excuuuse me, princess!" and "Oh boy! I'm so hungry I could eat a fire elemental!" Patch 4.3 revamped the Darkmoon Faire and added a three headed Hydra named Gleok in the Darkmoon Faire Zoo as a reference to Gleeok.
Television and Movies
- In the episode "Zombie Party a Go-Go," Zelda's Lullaby is played both times that Waffle is ridiculed by Mr. Blik. The episode may be found here.
A character whom looks like Link on Cartoon Network's Powerpuff Girls
- Powerpuff Girls
- In the episode "Child Fearing", there was a character who resembles Link. The character was not officially announced as Link, but it has many of Link's key features, as well as what looks like a Fairy. The character was in a game, controlled by the Mayor of Townsville. The Mayor made the character slash his sword, get smashed by giant brick squares twice, run into walls, and kill the creature which looks like a Fairy. Afterward, the Mayor gets a "start over?", in which the screen zooms out of the game, and the viewers can clearly see that the character was in fact in a game, as well as the Mayor holding what looks like a Nintendo 64 controller.
- Robot Chicken
- A Zelda parody is shown in Robot Chicken's episode 5 from season 3. Link goes to free Zelda with excitement after killing Ganon. Zelda, on the other hand, is bored and states that this is the eighth time she has been rescued. She gives Link eight Rupees and goes away.
- Code Monkeys
- In the first episode in "the Waz's" office, Majora's Mask can be seen on the wall.
Link as seen in Imaginationland
Ganondorf as seen in Imaginationland
- South Park
- In the second episode of the Imaginationland trilogy, when the wall breaks away and the bad imaginary characters charge out to cause havoc, Link, who is one of the good imaginary characters, can be seen running away within a second.
- Ganondorf can also be spotted in the third episode of the same trilogy, during the war of the good imaginary characters versus the bad imaginary characters.
- Drawn Together
- In the animated TV series Drawn Together, the character of Xandir’s girlfriend is largely based on Zelda, voiced by Cree Summer. From the episode Gay Bash, she was Xandir's girlfriend before he came out of the closet. The evil Lord Slashstab used to capture her for no reason, leading to Xandir's never-ending quest to save her. She seems to be a terrible homophobe, refusing to allow Xandir to rescue her once he informs her he is gay, even though at the time she was being lowered into a pit of megacobras in Lord Slashstab's castle.
- Xandir's appearance is also based on the Zelda series. Xandir has blond hair, blue eyes, pointed ears, and green clothing, much like Link.
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
- At the beginning of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the movie plays the Great Fairy Fountain theme song and, later on, it plays the chime from when Link obtains an item.
- At a sketch titled "Peach and Zelda Catch Up". Both Peach and Zelda are in a cafe reunited after a long time talking about their frustrations, while admitting that they actually enjoy being kidnapped.
- Phineas and Ferb
- In the episode "Bowl-R-Rama Drama", fanfare music sounds every time Baljeet holds the "World's Most Pointless Records" book over his head, similar to how Link raises every new item he finds. Also, in some episodes like "S'Winter" or "We Call it Maze", the Triforce can be seen in the background.
- In the episode "Gaming’s Next Top Princess", Zelda appeared as one of the contestants with Peach and Samus. She later had a modeling picture with Ganondorf as Sheik. Also, in the episode "Minute to Flynn It", Link appeared on the head of Clu when his head malfunctioned.
- How I Met Your Mother
- In the final episode of the seventh season, Marshall Eriksen gets drunk and attempts to use an ATM. Instead of the ATM information, he imagines scenes from The Legend of Zelda on the screen.
- Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series
- In the episode "Massively Multiplayer Online Children's Card Game," Yugi, Joey, and Mokuba find a fairy that repeats the infamous "Hey! Listen!" over and over. Later, Joey activates the Ocarina of Time, immediately followed by the beginning of Saria's Song.
The webcomic Homestuck makes several references to the Zelda series:
- Just before John Egbert launches into the sky to help his friend, Jade, play Sburb, Vriska messages him via Pesterchum and demands that he changes his attire, insulting his taste in fashion. John agrees to change his clothes, but rejects the idea of discarding his current pair, claiming to be like Link and comparing his power over wind to being like the Wind Waker.
- In the playable flash segment, ">[S] GET UP JOHN, THIS IS NO TIME FOR SLUMBER.", two references to The Legend of Zelda can be seen. By hitting CTRL+T, a small window appears asking for a trickster code, which is 024913. Following the code being entered, John Egbert's appearance changes to resemble Link from Twilight Princess and his hammer is replaced with the Master Sword. Alongside John is a Tier 2 Prototyped Sprite of Guru Guru which serves no purpose other than to accompany John.
- The band Showbread have expressed devout appreciation for the series in several ways. They came onstage to The Wind Waker intro music during their Reptilian Empire Tour in 2006. Three members of the band can be seen wearing matching Triforce rings in their music video for mouth like a magazine.
- Joe Pleiman created a song parody of the main Zelda theme. It was recorded by his band "The Rabbit Joint" for their 1998 album of the same name. The song is commonly falsely attributed to System of a Down.
- In The Kids in the Hall Season 5 Episode 5, Gavin (played by Bruce McCulloch) wears a green cap like the one Link commonly wears.
- Robin Williams named his daughter "Zelda" because Zelda is his son's favorite video game series.
- Countless references have been made to the Zelda series, among other Nintendo franchises, in the Homestar Runner cartoons and games.
- ↑ "In The Great Cave Offensive in the Kirby Super Star™ game, Kirby can find treasures based on classic games like Super Mario Bros.™, EarthBound™, and The Legend of Zelda™. Developers wanted to return the favor, since Kirby got to make an appearance in The Legend of Zelda™: Link's Awakening™!" — Nintendo, Kirby's 20th Anniversary - Sneak Peek at Kirby secrets and tips, Nintendo.com , Published: 2012, Retrieved: September 18, 2012
- ↑ MIGS 2007: Retro Studios On The Journey Of Metroid Prime - Gamasutra
- ↑ UGO Games: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes review
- ↑ Metroid Prime 2: EGM Afterthoughts from 1UP.com
- ↑ The Legend of Zelda - Golden Sun Universe Retrieved on 14 February, 2011
- ↑ "EB: ok, anyway, i will make a new suit, but i am not ditching my ectosuit!!!
EB: it is so sweet, i look like link, if zelda was a quest about an elf scientist.
EB: i am the wind waker. it's me." — Andrew Hussie, ==>, MS Paint Adventures