In the early days of the Zelda franchise, the wardrobe choices for Link were limited. Nevertheless, as a kid in the 80s and 90s, I loved tracking down the Red and Blue Rings in The Legend of Zelda and seeing Link transform his appearance. Finding the Blue and Red Mail in A Link to the Past was a highlight every run and really gave me the sense that Link was becoming more powerful. When I wasn’t sitting in front of the TV, I was drawing Link in his various tunics or playing in the backyard, pretending to find my own magical items.

As I grew older, Zelda games became more complex. Better graphics meant more intricate tunic design for Link. Ocarina of Time certainly built upon the multi-color designs from past games, but Twilight Princess was the first game to add unique elements to the traditional appearance. (Ignoring the transformations in Majora’s Mask). The fish-like appearance of the Zora Armor is one of my all-time favorites in the franchise.

Other titles in the franchise, such as Tri Force Heroes really took liberties with Link’s appearances. While the game is often maligned, it certainly offered a fresh and unique twist on the classic Zelda experience. The Big Bomb Outfit is my favorite.

Obviously, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has taken this concept to new heights, giving players a huge range of control over Link’s appearance. Players can even go to the Kochi Dye Shop to customize the color and appearance of their armor sets. But there will always be something magical about those early days; with the limited choices and technology, imagination took center stage.

Tell us what you think! Which tunic or armor set is your favorite for Link? Share your reactions in the comments below.


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