The video game trivia connoisseurs behind Did You Know Gaming? shared some surprising facts today about Link’s character design in Ocarina of Time. It seems earlier designs of the Hero of Time were more cartoony and in line with Mario’s design from Super Mario 64. In images of this prototype Link, the hero had a big button nose, a far departure from the pointy and angular nose we know him for today.

So why the change? In an “Iwata Asks” interview discussing the release of Ocarina of Time 3D, developer Yoshiaki Koizumi revealed the reason he changed Link’s design was to please his wife.

  • CEObrainz

    Haha, Link was too cool for Nintendo eh? But the design still looks bad-ass enough…

  • May

    THANK YOU WIFE! Oh god I’m glad he changed link!

    • Amanda

      I agree! There are so many pretty female characters, it’s nice having an attractive guy for a change!

      • VladNorris

        There were already more than one “good looking” male characters at that point!
        Link did NOT need to be a bishie!

        • Simon Sølverød

          There are other male characters looking more non-cartoonish? :p

          • VladNorris

            Even if that’s obvious sarcasm, for the other two…

            Link still pretty damn cartoonish in Ocarina of Time.
            Well, anime like at least, and like that, there are non ugly guys all over the place in gaming from the get go. Seriously guys, have you not played any old school fighting game/beat em up?

          • Simon Sølverød

            To be honest, I was just thinking about Nintendo characters, apologies for any non-intended sarcastic vibes x)

          • VladNorris

            Even still, there is the FE cast.

      • Me

        Why do you need an attractive guy in a videogame? I preferred Link’s old style, but that chubby 3D model was awful.

        • Dharma Mauricio

          Why do we need attractive girls on videogames? Same reason.

          • Me

            I don’t need them. I just need whatever fits with the tone of the game.

      • Docforexit347

        I see a Huge improvement. lol,

  • Blaze

    I love how Link turned out, especially OoT’s.

  • Sydney Roesch

    I applaud Koizumi’s wife.

  • Thank you, Koizumi’s wife! I still think those are tights, though lol

  • Dave

    Does that mean they changed the character design for everyone in the game? Everyone looks very similar to Link with the facial features EG. It doesn’t make sense that they would have some out of place cartoony hero, with more defined NPC’s. That would be an interesting question.

    • Shawn Taylor

      My guess would be that this was pretty early in development. A lot of the NPC models wouldn’t have been created yet. They would start with Link, and once that was finalized, they could extrapolate the design to other Hylians. Then again, OoT did have a natoriously long development, with Miyamoto infamously scraping everything and starting over.

  • All this time, I didnt realize link was wearing long-johns. Thats a hoot!

  • Vincent

    The long underwear makes sense, seeing as during the Renaissance, men commonly wore Chausses which would later be called Long Johns or long underwear.

  • Vincent

    The long underwear makes sense, seeing as during the Renaissance, men commonly wore Chausses which would later be called Long Johns or long underwear.