“I Don’t Recognize this Link guy.”

BastianJanuary 12th, 2013 by Bastian

While it may not be Monday and thus not our fantastic weekly comic feature Monday Comic Corner, we do have a simple–but amusing–comic to show you. It’s not really funny, per se, but rather a comment from fans collectively on the only Zelda offering Nintendo has graced us with so far for the Wii U console. In it we see two iterations of Link: the Wind Waker version and the Ocarina of Time version playing Battle Quest, commenting on the game.

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The Japanese reads: “I don’t recognize this ‘Link’ guy.”

What do you think Kuru–the creator of this comic–is trying to convey? A lot of people seem to think that the message is that it’s strange to be playing a Link-looking character in a Zelda game but yet having him/her not be Link for once. That certainly struck me as peculiar while playing Battle Quest for the first time. I can understand why Nintendo thought it would neat to allow you to play as your Mii in a Zelda game… but personally I found it pulled me out of the experience. I just don’t understand why they couldn’t have gone the Four Swords route for the Zelda-themed “attraction” in Nintendo Land, but maybe that’s just me.

However, I think the message of the comic is slightly more deep than that. We see Wind Waker Link commenting that he doesn’t recognize Battle Quest’s iteration of Link, yet at the same time we have Ocarina of Time Link giving him a look like “Yeah, and I didn’t recognize you when you first came on the scene either!” I think the artist is trying to say “Calm down, people! Playing this sock-puppet version of Link might be odd, but Wind Waker Link was odd at the time, and even before then Ocarina of Time Link was odd to Link to the Past fans, and so on!” Or maybe he’s just saying that the sock puppet version really does look weird.

What did you think the artist is trying to convey? And did you also find it unsettling to be playing not as Link for the first time in a Zelda game?

Source: Tiny Cartridge

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  • Queenie

    As someone who frequents Pixiv a lot and is partially able to read Japanese I can tell y’all that the artists there are about just as ~deep~ with their fan comics as we are with ours. Which is to say, not very deep at all.

    You probably ought to not read too deep into it, especially when the original artist probably can’t give their input to due the language barrier.

    • Link Fanatic

      I think all it was ever meant to be was funny, too. It’s a joke, nothing more.

      • Midnafan

        okay, but i still don’t get it, i don’t see how its funny. :/

    • Midnafan

      yeah, but its difficult to be shallow about it either. without putting some thought into it, frankly, this comic makes no sense. :/

  • zombie_eat_flesh

    That sock puppet “Link” is not as much of a hero as Toon Link?

    • The Hylian Monolith

      I don’t think so. I quite intentionally played as Hitler, Ganondorf, Veran, and Voldemort, rotating between them throughout. He’s not Link, he’s anyone.

      • Dark Majora

        well it is meant to be a theme park where u r link or samus or mario,etc. so thats wat nintendo kinda wanted

        • The Hylian Monolith

          Exactlyyyy. He’s not Link. But the point of the joke is that some think he may be. Or that he may be intended to be.

      • itsameluigi1290

        And I played as Vanitas, Ventus and Naminé. They’re all great heroes… *Looks at sky like Aerith*

  • baileygirl99

    Hmmm…it still doesn’t make a whole lot of sense :-/

    • Midnafan

      That’s what i’ve been saying!

  • Forlork

    He’s not meant to be “Link”. And people need to stop thinking that it is.
    Nintendoland is an attraction. A theme park. A gimmick based land of wonder. Much like Disneyworld. If Nintendoland were real and you were to attend the BattleQuest attraction then they would hand you a toy bow, and link cap and say GO FOR IT! And that is what “battlequest” is. They gave you a costume, a toy bow and said HAVE FUN NOW KIDS! DON’T POINT THE BOW AT EACH OTHER!
    The enemies are probably nintendoland employees in costumes. The boss is a bunch of hydraulics and springs and gears. Heck, even the Deku Tree is on a looping track like a bad wind-up toy.

    • Dark Majora


    • Gaseous Snake

      Before I read the comments, I thought I’d have to give this rant myself. Thanks for making my job easy!

    • Midnafan

      Very well said in terms of explaining that whole issue. Now i wish there was a real-life Nintendoland! :)

    • The Unicorn Hanger-Outer

      They’re clothes are probably stitched by a 5 year old girl.

  • benjiialexander

    It’s super obvious in Nintendo Land that it’s A THEME PARK. You’re not playing a Zelda game, you’re in a Zelda-themed attraction, acting out the roles. How is that hard to understand?

    • Someone

      Exactly, every attraction allows you to put your mii character in the costume of some of the protagonists of Nintendo’s most popular francises.
      It’s not a real game, it’s just like dressing up like Luigi in real life and visit a spooky mansion, or dressing up like Link and take a stroll in the woods. It has nothing to do with Zelda at all, except for the theme.

    • Midnafan

      yeah, i think the big point that needs to be made is that its not a Zelda game, barebones its just a playable cameo. :)

  • http://twitter.com/TheGameBrain Doug Morey

    Must be a slow news week or something.

    • Midnafan

      doesn’t feel like it to me because i haven’t checked in a week so there’s a lot to catch up on. if you like Pokemon you should check out PD, that place is dizzying with news right now. :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004047914984 Krishna Moorthy

        because of the announcement of pokemon x and y

        • Midnafan

          well of course! but they’ve been starting back up some other stuff too. the site was pretty dead for a while, but the announcement sort of boosted the back into business! :)

  • Guest

    you guys havent posted on the new shirtpunch shirt today

  • Toonlink

    Yo guys, this new website called zeldaexperiencedplayers.blogspot.com just opened up for all zelda gamers!!!!!

  • Mseevers95

    Honestly I think the ‘Sock Puppet’ visual style is great. Not only is it cute but it’s a fun way to show the monsters getting the stuffing literally beaten out of them.

    However I do not think that this style would ever make it’s way into a main series game.

    Maybe something like Zelda’s Epic Yarn

    • Midnafan

      Now i’m gonna have nightmares because you said that. -_-

  • Midnafan

    I don’t know, i don’t really get it. this comic is about as cryptic to me as the japanese its written in. The whole Mii thing was to go along with the rest of Nintendoland. Battle Quest isn’t a standalone its apart of Nintendoland. i think it has just as much impact on the series and how its viewed as Super Smash Bros. and Link’s crossbow training. :/

  • Super Smash Sis

    Man, I still need to set up my Wii U.

  • zark

    i think the comic would have been funnier if the artist didn’t include regular link in the background cause then it would be like toon link saying “i don’t recognize this link guy” because he looks more like regular link or it could just not be nintendoland and have the character be regular link

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.j.song.1 Eric Song

    That link should hve voice acting? How about this: LOZ Battle quest plus the legend of fabulous: demon sword ghirahkm. Or mybe letting miis become links? Im not so sure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.j.song.1 Eric Song

    Sorry a typo i meant ghirahim. Maybe allowing cosplay, 2

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.j.song.1 Eric Song

    By the way, the master sword doesn’t have a fuller and does have a ricasso, or that cylindrical thing the sword has a cylindrical thing called ricasso, just above the area of a sword thr’s bot dull or blunt, for grip and maneuverability, has wings, yes, but with the sword vertically, has horns pointing downward: meaning demons will go 2 hell when struck with the divine thing or no evil can touch it, just not sharp tip of blade. When downward the swords aggressive and angelic? Idk. Can someone answer?

  • http://twitter.com/MK_Langley Mihael K. Langley

    I think if they added the 4 sword guys they would have to give the same treatment to every franchise in the theme park. Mario games would get original characters, Samus would be in the Metroid parts and so forth. Since its a theme park i think it makes more sense to have our own custom Mii’s having the fun ^^

  • itsameluigi1290

    I almost always play as my Vanitas mii in Battle Quest :D

  • Nintendo4Ever

    It would pull me out of it even more if you were actually link in nintendo land instead of your mii, especially if you are still your mii for each of the other franchises. Either have every franchises character be represented or have each of their worlds represented and your mii be the “link” to nintendo land. I dont think the author here understands that nintendo land isnt supposed to be zelda mario and metroid. It’s purely in game homage to them. It’s a theme park, there are no monsters or real characters in them, they are all made out of crochet and your mii is just there to experience it all

  • Vink

    It never really bothered me because throughout the whole game, your Mii face isn’t shown a lot. but I do enjoy using actual Link Mii’s I put on my WiiU by scanning QR codes (via 3DS) to download them.

  • Vink

    This comic is kinda funny because of Toon Link’s slightly WTF face.

  • http://www.controlpaddesign.com/ TheMaverickk

    I love Battle Quest for what it is. It’s not exactly Zelda, the enemies, the world… it’s all vaguely familiar yet oh so foreign, and to see myself taking up a blade as opposed to the blond haired hero is also an endearing experience.

    As long as you don’t take it too seriously there isn’t much to be upset about. I like to think of it as a re-enactment of the Zelda story, not a new Zelda world.

  • Never

    There are no quotes aka 「 and 」 around Link.

    This Link guy will not be recognized.
    I won’t accept this Link.

    Notice the difference between how the WW and OoT Links look?
    Great, now you should be able to get the joke.

    Next time at least question the validity of a translation, that includes mine.
    And for both our sakes can we NOT go “in-depth” on a FAN MADE image, ESPECIALLY if there’s a language barrier?
    Thanks. Oh and the comparative of “deep” is “deeper”, just so you know.

    • Rob

      That makes much more sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bluecometsparklestar Bluecomet Sparklestar

    this isn’t really link! this is a spin off. where you can be TINGLE in spin offs. chillax this isn’t link

  • ndbrdb

    i think the artist was trying to convey a joke, chill out with the deep talk

  • Linkfan99

    Ok. This is WAY too picky/overcritical, but there couldn’t be two bowmen at the same time. There could only be 2 swordsmen. That’s just not possible on Wii U. Just saying.