Back in August, we reported that Link would be appearing in Mario Kart 8 via a DLC package. Today, The Legend of UK Facebook page revealed official artwork of one set of Link’s new wheels in the game, called the Master Cycle. The Master Cycle (and Link of course!) will be available in the first Mario Kart 8 DLC pack that launches in November.

Eiji Aonuma also had some choice words about the bike. He explained on Miiverse how the Master Cycle was designed after a horse, describing it as “literally a horse of steel.” A little bit larger than other bikes that appear in the game, the Master Cycle allows players to make sharp turns, and Aonuma also admitted that he would love to incorporate it in a future Zelda title!

“It looked so cool that I also want it to appear in games I work on.”

Maybe Aonuma will create a futuristic Zelda where the Master Sword evolves into a bike? That would definitely change the conventions of the Zelda series!

  • Ethan

    Bow down to the Master Cycle. The most advanced washing machine in all of Hyrule.

    • Morgan

      This really made me laugh.

  • Ryan Haney

    I don’t want Link to drive a bike in a real Zelda game, but this MK8 bike looks really cool.

    • Anthony Moseley

      Maybe if they ever decided to do some sort of cyber/steampunk Zelda title, it would work. Other than that, it would be way out place.

  • Shane

    Am I the only one who is extremely upset by this?

    Aonuma wants new entries in the series to feature Link riding a motorcycle instead of a horse?! You have to admit, Link riding a motorcycle is very unfitting. Before you know it Nintendo will probably replace his bow and arrow with a laser gun, or replace his sword with a light saber.

    Zelda’s genre is supposed to be medieval fantasy, not futuristic or modern. For example, How do you think Star Wars, Star Trek, or Halo fans would feel if the series left the sci fi genre and became a completely different genre. If Nintendo is going to change Zelda’s genre this dramatically they might as well create a brand new series. Futuristic elements do not belong in the medieval inspired world of Hyrule.

    Yes, the series has pushed the boundaries of it’s genre in the past such as games like spirit tracks featuring trains, and “ancient robots” in skyward sword which clashed and were very unfitting to the series. It seems that Zelda is going in a new direction, and that direction will alienate the fanbase. it will put the series in an identity crisis. Zelda’s main genre is indeed medieval fantasy.

    “The whole premise of the Zelda series is about a princess in a medieval inspired kingdom called Hyrule being rescued by an elf in a green tunic. Hyrule is a kingdom filled with armored knights (castle guards and darknuts), magical wizards (wizzrobes), elves (korkiri and hylians), dragons (argorok and volvagia), castles (hyrule castle), horseback riding (epona),faries (navi, great faries), and orcs/goblins (bulbins, moblins). The gameplay it’s self is centered around medieval combat. Link uses a sword and shield (medieval weapons) to fight against enemies, he also uses a bow and arrow (medieval weapon) against enemies as well. He comes across items such as the ball and chain (medieval weapon) and magical wands and staffs (dominion rod, cane of pacci, ice rod, fire rod). It can be argued that Link carries gadgets that are outside of the mideival era such as the spinner, or hookshot, but those are still gear operated. Windmills are gear operated, and given the magic in the universe it’s not too much of a stretch.”

    Part of the reason I love Zelda is it’s magical fantasy setting, it’s what makes Zelda what it is, if Nintendo is going to kill that aspect, RIP Legend of Zelda series.

    • Ryan Haney

      You’re not the only one. If you read my post, you’d see that I basically said the same thing in one sentence.

    • Davad

      He was joking! You are taking this way to seriously. Do you really think he would do that? Fi would say it makes 0% Sense for him to actually do that. Your comment is an oversized post over a joke. Seriously?

      • Shane

        So long as Aonuma was joking, and Zelda’s genre doesn’t change. Then you are right, it’s all good and I am overeacting.

    • Anthony Moseley

      Dude, calm down. No where is it ever stated that Zelda has to be a medieval fantasy in every single game. Yes, that’s what the series has predominantly been, but it’s never been set in stone. Star Trek has dabbled in other genres outside of sci-fi, and I don’t think it would hurt the Zelda series to occasionally try something different. Maybe not so much a futuristic Zelda, but I personally wouldn’t mind seeing a more steampunk Zelda. A Hyrule that’s more along the lines of Bioshock Infinite and Dishonored would be very intriguing to me. You must have really hated the Great Bay Temple from Majora’s Mask, City in the Sky and Twilight Palace from Twilight Princess, and the Lanayru Mining Facility from Skyward Sword. Oh no! What’s that evil technology doing in a Zelda game! Seriously man, people like you make it embarrassing to be a Zelda fan. You’re so scared that the series might try something new and interesting, and you just want the same thing over and over.

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