Origin of Link

When you really think about it, Link from the Legend of Zelda series is quite the odd figure. He's a cross between a medieval knight and an elf, but he fights to save a princess in a strange never before seen land. How on Earth did Miyamoto come up with the idea for him, and where did they get that name: "Link"? Luckily for us, the guys over at Game Kult interviewed the one and only Miyamoto about all sorts of Nintendo stuff, and one of the subjects that came up just happened to be Link and the origins of his name. The original interview wasn't actually in English (I believe it is in French) so what you are about to read was just the quick translation put through Google Translate so some sentences might not make perfect sense, but for the most part you should be able to figure it all out. (Link for the original and translated interview is included at end of post).

Finally, I would like to ask you a question which, I think, you never answered. You told repeatedly creating Mario, but never the hero of Zelda. Do you remember the birth of Link?
(Thinking) Actually, the sprite of Link was designed by Mr. [Takashi] Tezuka (right arm Miyamoto on Super Mario Bros., and The Legend of Zelda, in charge of the series New Super Mario Bros.). At the time, as you know, the NES was very limited, and we had only allowed three different colors. And yet, we wanted a recognizable character. What I wanted above all is that it uses either his sword or his shield, and it is visible. We have therefore made it big guns for them to be recognized on the screen. He then had to create a hero that we can distinguish these weapons, despite its small size. We thought a long hat and big ears. This has raised a magical character, so we left in the direction of an elf. At the time, saying, with pointy ears character as Peter Pan said, and as I love Disney, we started to inspire us. Not completely, of course, otherwise it would not have been super ... From there, I thought that the green Peter Pan suited him perfectly. But as we were restricted to three colors, and there was a lot of forest environments in the game, green to green, it suited quite well, so we continued this track.

And where does his name [come from]? 
This is a story that is not well known, but at the time, when we started the design of The Legend of Zelda, it was believed that the fragments of the Triforce would actually chips! It was supposed to be a video game that happen in both the past and the future. As the hero was the link between one and the other, called the "Link" link in English. But ultimately Link never went into the future and it remained a game of fantasy . One can even say that it has absolutely nothing futuristic (laughs)
 Well there you have it. Link was inspired by Walt Disney's very own Peter Pan, and his name is all about how he is the hero who links from the past to the future hence the name Link. Pretty creative, huh? Well, for those of you who can read French, you can click here to go to the actual site and read all about it, but if you want it in English (or any other language) click here (if you want to read in a language different than English, click the drop-down box that says English, and switch it to whichever language you want). Well, that's about all there is for today, until next time!!


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