Trendy Game

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The Trendy Game is a mini-game in Mabe Village that is similar to a traditional arcade claw game from Link's Awakening.

Link's Awakening

Link's Awakening (Game Boy) & Link's Awakening DX

After paying the owner ten rupees,[1] Link can take control of a crane to try and catch prizes that are on a rectangular conveyor belt platform. The rewards vary between Magic Powder,[2] Rupees,[3], a Recovery Heart,[4] and a new Shield ( L-1 ).[5] The B button is used to move the claw right and A to move it down, but Link must time it correctly; once he lets go of the A button, the crane descends and grabs an item. If he misses, he must exit the building and reenter to play again.[6] If he succeeds, the crane will automatically release the claw over the conveyor belt to the left, where his prize slowly comes toward him.

One of the biggest rewards of the Trendy Game is the Yoshi Doll.[7] Instead of looping around on the conveyor belt with the rest of the items, the doll is found in the center of the game room. It is the first item in the Trading Sequence, and it is required to obtain the Ribbon, Dog Food, and ultimately the Bananas, which allow Link to pass into Kanalet Castle with Kiki's help.

Link's Awakening (Nintendo Switch)

While it remains a crane game, and the 10 rupee cost to play is the same as in the Game Boy versions, the game is heavily revamped in the remake of the game. The five items are now sorted into two rows; the front row of three items is static, while the back row moves on two platforms which shuffle left and right. All items also have more realistic physics, and may slip out of the claw on the way to the prize conveyor.

After the Yoshi Doll is collected, a series of figures based on enemies and characters in the game which originally come from the Mario series appear as milestones in the game are reached. No more than one of these appears at a time - even if the conditions for the next one to appear are reached, Link must collect the previous figure(s) and place them on their matching stand, inside one of the houses in Mabe Village, before the next will appear. After every figure has been collected, the Trendy Gamester gives Link a free Chamber Stone, and calls him a "champ", halving the price of subsequent plays to 5 rupees.

Item Name Notes
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Red Rupee (Green-rupee.png 20)
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File:Trendy Game Yoshi Doll - LA19.jpg
Yoshi Doll
File:Trendy Game Piece of Heart - LA19.jpg
Piece of Heart Two Pieces of Heart - the first at the start of the same, the second after completing Key Cavern
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Purple Rupee (Green-rupee.png 50)
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CiaoCiao figure Requires Ribbon to have been given to CiaoCiao
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Secret Seashell Two Secret Seashells - the first on the next visit after collecting the first Piece of Heart, the second after completing Angler's Tunnel
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Bombs (20) Permanently replaces shield after Bombs first obtained
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Big Heart Fully refills health to Link's current maximum
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Magic Powder
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Goomba figure Requires Tail Cave completion
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Spiny figure Requires Bottle Grotto completion
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Chamber Stone Requires Bottle Grotto completion
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Boo figure Requires Key Cavern completion
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Cheep Cheep figure Requires Angler's Tunnel completion
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Blooper figure Requires Catfish's Maw completion
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Shy Guy figure Requires Face Shrine completion
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Piranha Plant figure Requires Eagle's Tower completion
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Pokey figure Requires Turtle Rock completion
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BowWow figure Requires game completion (shown by a starred save file)


  • If Link brings Marin to the Trendy Game while she is following him, she will ask if she can play.[8][9] If Link lets her, she will pick up the owner as a prize.[10] The owner then tells them to leave.[11]


  1. "TRENDY GAME! One Play 10 Rs. Play No" — Trendy Gamester, Link's Awakening.
  2. "You got some Magic Powder! Try to sprinkle it on many things!" — In-game description, Link's Awakening.
  3. "It's 30 Rupees! You can play the game three more times with this!" — In-game description, Link's Awakening.
  4. " You've got a Heart! Thump! One of your Heart Containers is filled!" — In-game description, Link's Awakening.
  5. "It's a Shield! There is space for your name!" — In-game description, Link's Awakening.
  6. "The A and B Buttons move the crane...The rest is just timing! Go over to the buttons to play! Good Luck!" — Trendy Gamester, Link's Awakening.
  7. "You got a Yoshi Doll! Recently, he seems to be showing up in many games!" — In-game description, Link's Awakening.
  8. " Wow! Link , can I try this?! What do you say? Okay No Way" — Marin, Link's Awakening.
  9. "C'mon! I want to do it! Can I? It looks so fun! Yes Okay" — Marin, Link's Awakening.
  10. "You're good! You're a pro, aren't you? ... ... ... ... Well, beat it! Pros aren't allowed in here!" — Trendy Gamester, Link's Awakening.
  11. " Go away!" — Trendy Gamester, Link's Awakening.