The Legend of Zelda has always had a few fun costume changes featured in select titles, but none of them — not even Breath of the Wild — can compare to the wide variety found in Tri Force Heroes.
Madame Couture is the fabulous designer of each costume obtained in-game, but even an artist such as she needs to find inspiration from somewhere and that is exactly where she (and the artists down at Nintendo) did! Here are some neat outfit Easter Eggs that you might have missed during your gameplay of Triforce Heroes!
Some might say that this warm winter coat was inspired by the Anouki of Phantom Hourglass, but the two costumes just don’t match. Instead, we need to look over to another game: Ice Climber. The color and style of Link’s Cozy Parka match that of the male lead of Ice Climber, Popo!
Fierce Deity Armor
Fierce Deity Armor — where have I seen that before? Why, Majora’s Mask, of course! Fierce Deity Link has become so popular that this alternate costume has been found in many Zelda titles, including this game, Breath of the Wild, and Hyrule Warriors! Just like in its original game, it is a tad overpowered.
This one’s an easy match, clearly based on the Gorons found in multiple Zelda titles — but did you know that it’s modeled after a specific Goron? That’s right! This costume is modeled after Ocarina of Time’s Darunia! Though you can see a few tribal markings, similar to those on the Gorons in Twilight Princess, as well.
No, that is not a Ninja Turtle you are looking at! This reptilian design comes from the classic Mario Bros series, designed to resemble the Hammer Bros enemies. Though you can’t chuck hammers at your foes in this title, this costume makes the Magic Hammer twice as powerful!
This is the titular tunic seen in every Zelda game since the very beginning, specifically modeled after Toon Link, who debuted in The Wind Waker 13 years prior to the release of Tri Force Heroes. Just like every game before it, it does absolutely nothing but make you stand out among the crowd.
The Kokiri are a tribe of children only found in Ocarina of Time, thus they are the only game that this costume could be referencing. Though this outfit doesn’t appear to be an exact replica of any specific character, it seems to be a combination of Link (gloves and tunic), Skull Kid (hat shape), and Saria (green boots).
Now when people call Link “Zelda”, they’re only half wrong! Yes, this is Link wearing Princess Zelda’s dress, and he is working it! This dress is modeled after the one she wears in A Link to the Past and A Link Between Worlds (the same one she’ll be wearing in Super Smash Bros Ultimate).
This marvelous seafarers outfit, mustache included, hails from Phantom Hourglass’s very own Captain Linebeck! As well as getting some treasure-related bonuses, we can now finally see what it would look like if Link raided Linebeck’s closet while he wasn’t looking.
Not sure if this is a referencing a specific ninja, but: Link’s a ninja. That in itself deserves a mention.
Queen of Hearts
Here, it is assumed that Link is referencing the Queen of Hearts from the story Alice in Wonderland. Though with the Jack of Hearts costume as well, it could just simply be referencing a deck of cards. For being referenced after a character who’s obsessed with chopping off peoples heads, this outfit is actually quite generous in giving the player three bonus Heart Containers.
Tingle, Tingle, Kooloo-Limpah! Become — a costume! Tingle has tainted this poor child by lending out his wardrobe to wear, complete with a false goatee. It can be very helpful though, at least for levels with many areas to fall down.
Just like Link has a Goron costume, a Zora one is also necessary for the mandatory water levels we all know and hate. The Zoras that are represented by this costume are those seen in the downfall timeline, such as A Link Between Worlds.
There are many costumes to try out in Tri Force Heroes, so not all of them have been discussed in this particular article. If I missed a fun reference, which I probably did, feel free to share in the comments!