Toon Link Returns For Super Smash Bros. For Wii U And Nintendo 3DS

By Spencer . September 26, 2013 . 2:07am


Nintendo announced that Toon Link from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker will be playable character in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.


In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Toon Link plays like Link, but he’s more agile. It looks like Toon Link still has the Hero Bow and the bombs with orange smoke instead of Link’s usual bombs.


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  • WOOHOO! One of my favorite’s returns! ^_^

  • Hello thar second main, nice to see you again.

  • Ixbran

    eeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhhhhhh … was hoping TLink would be cut for Majoras Mask Link/Masked Link with the transformation masks …

    Hes only getting in due to WW getting an HD Remake, making this add ‘relevant’ only from a marketing stand point. It makes sense, but still … eeehhhhhhhhh … not happy, but im not gonna complain, as doing so wouldn’t change anything.

    • British_Otaku

      Only getting in because the HD Remake? I got the feeling that they don’t normally cut characters from how most of the interesting characters (Snake, Tetra, Dedede, Mewtwo and so on) who missed out before being planned, considered or proposed for the games.

      He is probably only getting ANNOUNCED now, because it has a benefit to marketing while he has been in the project for a long time. Your ideal Link may be in now, but getting announced when the 3DS Majora’s Mask does. It would take less resources for them to work with a prior character than design a completely fresh one too.

      They keep bringing back Ocarina of Time’s Zelda and Shiek (modern TP skin aside) as if it’s the 90s, so WW Link popping up when his visual style is a good deal more common isn’t a surprise. >_>

      • Ixbran

        i s’pose, i’m just disappointed hes coming back. I figured hed be treated like YLink, one game appearance and then not return for a more interesting version. I mean hes just a Light weight version of Link. I thought everyone wanted to get rid of clone characters, not celebrate their return.

        I would have much preferred Masked Link. YLink, with changed move set, with the ability to change into Deku Link, Goron Link, and Zora Link, with a fierce Diety Link Final Smash, ala Samus/ZSSamus.

        Anything TLink does, normal Link can already do. He literally brings nothing new to the table, aside from different appearance and being faster than Normal Link.

        Please note I understand many fans out there are happy hes back, they’ve every right to be. I’m just upset that the character I had been wanting to get in (MMLink) likely wont be getting in now because of TLinks inclusion.

        congrats to those who are happy for his inclusion.

        • British_Otaku

          I see, I still think it’s too soon for you to take it as a sign of MM Link not making it in and even if he did, there is no guarantee that Sakurai would make him as distinct as you imagine given how Ganondorf has played for two games while Peach actually has a pretty good moveset and Fox/Captain Falcon had NO fighting potential before appearing in Smash Bros.

          WW Link can easily bring stuff to the table if they looked at his items (not as diverse as MM’s Masks, but then basically all Links are nearly the same aside from that), like the Skull Hammer, Fire/Ice/Light Arrows and Mirror Shield that haven’t been used in a Smash Bros.

          Then his Magic Armour and Mirror Shield could be something, and that isn’t mentioning the Deku Leaf (recovery and defense from above), Tingle items, bait, Picto Box and enemy weapons.

    • XiaomuArisu

      Majora Mask Link,yeah would be awesome.Me and my friends hoped for MMLink or Wolf Link with Midna.But sadly It wont be

  • I hope they make him completely different from normal link but judging from the screenshots that not gonna happen.

    • British_Otaku

      He was distinct enough before if you ask me, clones have been less and less similar with each installment. He was never going to be Mario and Bowser distinct… >_>

  • Dynami

    Thank you thank you thank you so much Nintendo. Thank you Windwaker HD.

    I was so sure he’d be cut, but here he is. The best. I’m so happy.

  • Chaos_Knight

    ST Link meets his ancestor and TP Link.

    The timeline is screwed up now.

  • Guest

    *insert waste of character comment here*

  • Tonton Ramos

    So this means Fox and Falco will return?
    EDIT: Sorry I mean’t Wolf…

    • British_Otaku

      Why not?

      Those two are not only consistently competitive characters and distinct, but we wouldn’t be able to recreate this without them:

      That ain’t Falco.

      • Tonton Ramos

        I’m sorry I mean’t Wolf and Falco. Wolf… WOLF!
        P.S. Falco should have a different Final Smash where he flies his Arwing shooting anyone.

        • British_Otaku

          I see. Wolf is a little more iffy, but I expect them to figure out a way to distinguish him more.

          The trio are really distinct as clones and actually quite suited to being similar to each other (unlike Falcon/Ganondorf). They just really need to sort out the final smashes (which most people turn off, but it’s a thing still), then most people wouldn’t even give it another look. Flying an Arwing is definitely an idea.

  • anthony apduhan

    Should have been Toon Zelda/Tetra but this will do…

    P.S. Plz Nintendo make a different Final Smash for him.

  • British_Otaku

    Very glad to see him back. I hope they change up his properties or standard Link’s properties to make them more distinct, but the artwork this guy has definitely improved even if it isn’t celshaded like the original game or the trophies in Brawl.

    If Ike gets in, I hope he looks like the original character in his GameCube and Wii titles.

  • yelad

    Young Link > Toon Link

    • British_Otaku

      I’m not saying this post should be removed, but it isn’t really saying anything. You may as well type a little more and say that you enjoyed Young Link in Melee and Toon Link in Brawl not as much… Or go into why you liked OoT more than WindWaker… Or explain what you think Young Link would add to the game over Toon Link.

      In closing, Toon Link > Young Link. >_>

    • Armane

      Young Link could also have a much more interesting move set, based on Majora’s masks.

      I hated Toon Link because he looked totally out of place and was still a waste of a slot. I also felt he was worse to play as, but that could just be the shift in physics.

  • domonkun

    Wait…but wasn’t he in the trailer for the 3DS stages (the one based on Spirit Tracks) as a background character? OMG Toon Link-ception! O_o

    • British_Otaku

      They are actually different people, with Spirit Tracks Link being an descendent or successor like 100 years later. I would have liked to see something like Gigant Battle which has characters in the background doing their thing (playing music, sleeping, dancing) who jump into the foreground when summoned as assists or aren’t in the background when they are being played as.

  • Gyro Zeppeli

    I wish they’d alter his move set to incorporate some of the unique items and moves he’s used in his games, but it seems like he’s just gonna be like he was in Brawl again. I hope they at least give him a unique Final Smash this time around.

    • 하세요

      I want him to summon a huge twister with his Windwaker and blow everyone that touches it off the screen.

    • Necr0naut

      Yeah, it would have been cool to see some of these

    • TheGioG

      YESZ! I was worried to death that he’d get cut, but he made it! He was a part of too many peoples’ childhoods to just be given the boot. Keep on trucking, my toon faced friend!
      EDIT: Appropriate new Final Smash – Sword through the enemy forehead!

  • KingGunblader

    Ever since Melee, I’ve played as the Young / Toon Link. I much prefer his playstyle. So I for one am happy to see the little chibi bastard return to this game. So far, my party of Smash mains is intact (Samus, Toon Link, Zelda… though she hasn’t been confirmed yet).

  • HershelLousyton

    I’d have preferred any and all clone characters, save for Luigi, getting cut, but I won’t lie, Toon Link is my favorite incarnation of the Hero of Time.

    • British_Otaku

      That’s quite some axe you are handling if you want most clones out when Brawl made most of them interesting except Ganondorf (maybe him being cut would be less insulting than him pulling out a sword as a taunt to put it away). >_>

      Toon Link is the Hero of Winds, but I follow what you are saying, he is my favourite Link as well, though I have to play more Zelda games and Phantom Hourglass doesn’t even feel worth finishing. >_>

      • KingRuff

        They already changed Bowser’s moveset and he wasn’t even a clone! They better not keep the rest of the clones without any changes, there would be no excuse other than laziness.

        • British_Otaku

          Yep, Bowser’s got a new running animation which… looks like running on top of dropkicks and stuff and Pit has taken stuff from the 3DS game I imagine. I would be a shame if the clones didn’t get the same treatment or more.

    • RisukuAozora

      I thought he was the Hero of Winds tho?

      • HershelLousyton

        Semantics, I always thought ‘Hero of Time’ made the most sense since Link is constantly being incarnated across time.

  • RisukuAozora

    While I do like Toon Link, there were other characters I would’ve liked to see first.
    Seriously, where’s Yoshi, one of the originals for starters?

    • British_Otaku

      Olimar was announced before Luigi was, clearly they are announcing people at points to promote related games which are coming out and itself.

      Yoshi will be announced when Yoshi’s game is close to completion or release, you can expect Yoshi to be in already.

      • RisukuAozora

        True, which probably also means that if Sonic is in there, he’ll be announced around the release of Lost World. Extra Pokemon would be around X & Y and… so on. But thanks for reminding me of stuff.

  • Mecha_the_Hedgehog

    Well good for those that liked this version of the character but for me its a giant waste of a slot. I wont lie I hate Toon Link dont care for any for the games he’s in. I’m fine with clone characters because theirs always something to make them different but when its a different version of a character that already on the roster its lame. Whats worse the Zelda franchise is so large theres so any characters they could use like Tetra, Ghirahim, Midna, or even Skyword Sword Impa. I know I know people are sick of the “This is such a waste of a slot.” comment but to me I cant help it this is a waste

  • Ken-ify him so much he doesn’t resemble Link in Gameplay anymore!

  • So he is still a clone? I want Wind Waker items like the leaf and hammer. I hope he has a new final smash at least.

    • FirstaLasto


  • What a fucking waste…

  • Göran Isacson

    Ha ha that picture which makes it look like Peach let a MASSIVE one rip. Oh Nintendo. We are all five year olds today.

  • Ivan Junior

    Super Smash Bros Brawl HD Ver.

    • FirstaLasto

      i know, right? bowser and pit are the only characters who dont seem EXACTLY like their brawl itterations in terms of gameplay.

  • Ivan Junior

    Super Smash Bros Brawl HD Ver.

  • jugss

    aww I wished they gave his slot to shulk,tharja, or chrom

    • J_Joestar

      Chrom is probably getting Ike’s spot if anything

  • Ramengeddon

    Stop touching people Peach.

    • Leon_Tekashi

      Can we confirm that she’s a whore? lol

      • DragKudo


  • Necr0naut

    Toon Link also does not use kicks (his tiny legs aren’t fit for that) so he has a unique move for every attack involving a kick in Link’s moveset. Just pointing that out; he’s not as much of a clone as people would think and a far better character than the original Link at that (as far as Brawl goes).

    • FirstaLasto

      Thats another reason to hate his inclusion, hes just a superior version of link. he basically removes any reason to play as standard link. if they gave him completely different special moves it wouldnt be so bad, but either way hes taking up disc space that could be being used for a more unique character. out of all the brawl veterans, he is the only onr i wanted gone, but i bet theyll remove someone more interesting instead, like rob or something. uuuuuugh. at least its not fucking dr mario, though. if he came back from melee i think id give up all hope of sakurai being able to make good descisions. infact, i bet he only added toon link because nintendo wanted to promote wwhd and MADE him. fuck. i mad.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Let’s back a bit off on the venom. This is first and foremost a character brawler where folks kick their buddies butt with their fav mascot. The more mascots, the more folks who can have fun and its not as if the characters could not be put into basically 3-4 categories from the days of the N64 game.

        For those who prefer their Smash Bros competitive, there are always house rules for those you can’t play. For the rest of us, we will roll with who we want and talk trash to our friends.

  • TheExile285

    Come on Nintendo…. do a Nintendo Direct so we can see some more gameplay….. screenshots are like **** teasers….

  • J_Joestar

    On one hand, we got Toon Link back…
    On the other, we got a second reveal within the same month.
    Maybe we’ll get a Pokemon rep early in October and Sonic in late October?

  • Most expressive and charming Link. Therefore best Link.

    • FirstaLasto

      you know, if they had him as the games only lInk, i wouldnt care one bit. its the fact that they added him in addition to the other link that pisses me off so much.

  • Sergio Briceño

    I like Toon Link, but WWHD marketing aside, they should try to base a couple of his moves off PH’s Link, to spice things up a bit, like they’ve done with pretty much every other character throughout the series.

    It would have been cool if the 3DS Link would’ve been LBW’s Link, I know it’s impossible for both games are supposed to have the same characters, but both LttT and LBW’s Link have SO many possibilities for a SSB game. Really, each of his directional smash could be an item, there are just so many cool ones to choose from…

    And seeing the 3DS got a remake of OoT, they might as well returned to the Melee Links and made them just one character that transformed after his final smash, that would’ve been awesome… But it’s still cool both versions get the same characters, no there is no definitive version… But man, OoT transforming Link (hopefully with MM inspired directional smashes) and LttP/LBW Link as the 2 choices for SSM 3DS would’ve been perfect…

  • Xaltmas

    Luigi, then Peach and now TOON LINK?! Woah, slow down Nintendo. I don’t think I can handle all the surprises.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    my troll killer is back

  • James Enk

    i don’t get why ppl are upset with this i get that maybe he is not your favorite character around nothing wrong with that but it’s not like SSB run out of character positions

  • Yay, Toon Link~!
    I kind of want Tetra or some extra (plus the normal) Zelda now too.

    Also, all of the Peach screens are getting to be too fun. Can you upload pictures to Miiverse posts? Because they should make a community devoted solely to Smash screens if so.

  • Kaihedgie

    Why are people whining about TOON LINK of all people?

  • Brimfyre

    What in the world is coming out of Peach’s dress in that second pic?

    You know what, nevermind, I don’t want to know.

  • FirstaLasto

    what the fuck sakurai, what happened to not adding characters that didnt have anything unique to bring to the game? i was so happy to see toon link as a stage piece because becausr i assumed they would never make him both that and a playable, but fuck. I was really looking forward to the new game cutting clones entirely. I feel like i cant even look forward to news about the game now. fuck whoever convinced sakurai this would be a good idea.

    • Link

      And whose to say Toon Link is still a clone? They could have easily retooled his moveset to be different than Adult Links.

      • FirstaLasto

        I sure hope so, but from thr current screens that doesnt seem to be the case. that said, there have been moveset changes after official sources confirmed otherwise (most notably, kirbys aerial hammer changing from brawls initial announcement to its release). We can only hope toon link gets completely new special moves based around toon link specific items so that he isnt just a superior version of link that makes him obsolete.

      • I’d argue the speed at which Toon Link does things in exchange for less power behind them gives him a significantly different feel than Link; TL became my main in Brawl, and I’ve never liked playing his larger counterpart because he feels too stuff for my play style. No complaints about his return here.

  • FFmax

    I like Toon Link hopefully they’ll make him a bit more different from Link so people don’t start crying about clones.

  • icantstandthisindecision

    I wanted more unique characters, but c’est la vie. I found Toon Link more fun than Regular Link anyways. BUT, in all seriousness, we’ve only gotten three new characters so far. If they want to reveal the obvious characters than get Zelda and Fire Emblem characters out of the way.

    Speaking of the FE characters, I wonder if they’ll go with Marth and Chrom or Ike and Lucina. Since I doubt they’ll go for Marth and Lucina or Ike and Chrom. And I’m pretty sure it won’t be Lucina and Chrom.

    • Leon_Tekashi

      No love for Roy? Roy’s our boy! D:

      • icantstandthisindecision

        I’d loooove it if Roy ended up in somehow, but it just seems really unlikely to me.

        • colorblindnightmare

          Agreed. Sadly. Roy just doesn’t get any attention, not to mention he was terrible in melee

  • kenshinx13


  • did peach just… nvm
    that picture with kirby pikachu and toon link is adorable

  • BadenBadenPrinny

    So disappoint

  • Judgephoenix

    What a waste….well doesn’t say much for who will be for the rest of cast. Also means Link still hasn’t been buffed.

  • NimbusStev

    I’d say this was a pretty obvious choice, with Wind Waker HD just being released. Still, I’m glad to see him back.

    I still can’t get over how awesome these Nintendo characters look in HD, especially with this latest batch of screenshots. That ambient occlusion in the one with Link and Peach is blowing my mind! I never thought I’d see Nintendo characters like that in anything other than a fan recreation.

  • Trevor Nicolaysen

    Does anyone else now very strongly want a WW style remake of MM now?

  • Ben Sylvia

    I still wish the Oracle games could get some representation in Smash.

    Even one of the items that were only in those games in Smash would be awesome.


  • Hinataharem

    Toon Link is my favorite Link, so I’m cool with this. Just needs a more unique moveset and the cake will be iced.

  • Guest

    So I take it adult link isnt in this game?

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