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Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Includes a Truly Ridiculous Tribute to Link’s Awakening

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is out today and, like its predecessor, Breath of the Wild, contains numerous references to other Zelda games. But there is one new reference in Tears of the Kingdom, whose sheer absurdity and idiosyncrasy leave us both baffled and laughing at the same time. And it has to do with Link’s Awakening.

WARNING: This video contains spoilers for The Legend of Zelda: Kingdom of Tears. Please proceed at your own risk!

Tears of the Kingdom, like Breath of the Wild, includes many outfits and locations that pay homage to other Zelda games. Some of them are back from Breath of the Wild, and most of the costumes available via Breath of the Wild amiibo are hidden in Tears of the Kingdom. There are also a number of geographic locations named after locations and characters from other Zelda games returning from Breath of the Wild, as well as some new ones.

But Link’s Awakening gets special treatment, perhaps because it was recently remade on the Nintendo Switch. There is a quest that guides you to the sky island “Windfish” that resembles a whale. But apart from that, there are also outfits that can be obtained with reference to Link’s Awakening. The shirt and bottoms are nothing special (just a tunic and pants in Link’s Awakening livery), but the hat is… something else.

The three pieces of the outfit are obtained through quests centered around a famous thief/fashionista named Misko, and lead you to armor sets hidden in caves throughout Hyrule. You can get all three pieces of his costume by following Misko’s questline, but the headpiece is really the best in many ways. Even the little fur and hat sway when you walk. oh!

Read our review of Tears of the Kingdom. We call it “an immense follow-up to one of the greatest games ever made, and improved in almost every way.” To get started, check out our wiki guide for everything you need to know about traveling through Hyrule.

Rebekah Valentine is IGN’s Senior Reporter. you can find her on her twitter @duck valentine.

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