The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
3DS Virtual Console (Ambassadors)
Nearly two years after the release of The Wind Waker, Nintendo released the next handheld adventure in the The Legend of Zelda series, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. This time utilizing a modified version of the Four Swords art style altered to be more in line with The Wind Waker art style. The game uses an improved version of the interface found in the Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles.
This game introduced a new race to the series which hasn't been seen in any other games since, the Picori (or Minish). These small creatures can only be seen by children, meaning that Link can interact with them throughout the adventure. Early on in the game, Link meets up with Ezlo, a transfigured Minish who joins Link as his iconic cap and giving tips along the way. Using Ezlo's mystical powers, Link is able to shrink down at various portals throughout Hyrule and enter the small world of the Minish, solving puzzles and entering dungeons that were previously inaccessible.
One of the game's primary goals is to gather the Four Elements in order to restore power to the Four Sword, allowing Link to progressively split into mirror images of himself in order to battle enemies and solve puzzles. That, along with the final boss, reveals that this game is the prequel to the Four Swords games, setting the stage for those adventures.
Many of the sounds, including Link's voice, were taken from Ocarina of Time, though the game resembles The Wind Waker more.
While being only released for the Game Boy Advance for nearly seven years, The Minish Cap was released on the 3DS Virtual Console as a part of the exclusive ten Game Boy Advance games for the Ambassador program. Three years after the re-release, The Minish Cap was released on the Wii U Virtual Console, being the first time non-Ambassadors can play it other than its initial release.
- Main article: The Minish Cap Story
Princess Zelda visit her childhood friend, Link, who lives with his grandfather, the royal blacksmith, Smith. Smith asks Link to bring a sword he created to the King of Hyrule to present to the winner of the tournament at the Picori Festival, in celebration of when the Picori last came to Hyrule 100 years ago to the day.The two go to Hyrule Town to join in the festivities. After, the King present the winner of the tournament with Smith's sword and allow them to touch the sacred Picori Blade, binding the Bound Chest shut. However, it is revealed that the winner, Vaati, has malicious intent, and breaks the Picori Blade, opening the Bound Chest and flooding Hyrule with monsters. He then turns Princess Zelda to stone and flees the area. Vaati was after the Light Force, that golden light that was once wielded by the hero mentioned in the legends of the Picori.
This game follows the young Link who sets out on a quest to save Princess Zelda from the evil Wind Mage Vaati, who also causes trouble for the rest of Hyrule. To Link's aid comes the small Picori and a strange talking cap named Ezlo, who grants Link the ability to turn into the size of a Picori and hopped on his head like a hat.
- Main article: The Minish Cap Heart Pieces
- Full Heart Container
The Legend of Zelda Triforce GBA SP
In Europe the game could also be obtained by a limited edition bundle with a golden Game Boy Advance Supreme crested with a Triforce. Only 25,000 were given to stores. However, Nintendo created 300 Limited Edition Collectors Boxes. The boxes contained: The Minish Cap; the Golden GBA SP and a long sleeved shirt and hat.
Merchandise and Product
- The Minish Cap Yujin Gashapon Phone Strap Figures are a set of 7 phone-strap figures, that were produced in 2004 by Tomy Yujin, and sold for 100 yen a piece.
- The logo for The Minish Cap featured in pre-release material and some commercials featured the Master Sword rather than the Four Sword. This is interesting, because the Master Sword does not appear in the game at all.
- The Minish Cap is the only main-series Zelda game with Hyrule as its overworld that does not feature a desert.
- In the European version of The Minish Cap, the Mt. Crenel Mineral Water found on Mt. Crenel is called the Hot Spring Water.