Who’s your daddy? Link’s family removed from official Dark Horse book

Link's family Dark Horse Link's father The Legend of Zelda Creating a Champion

Back in November, Dark Horse published The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild–Creating a Champion. It’s ostensibly a reissue of the Japanese book known as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Master Works, except eagle-eyed folks at Gaming Reinvented have pointed out a critical difference between the two. Master Works features official artwork for what appear to be Link’s burly father and chirpy little sister, two characters never seen in the game! Meanwhile, Creating a Champion just shows a copy of the world map in that space. Where did Link’s family go?

Link's family Link's father The Legend of Zelda Dark Horse Creating a Champion

The reason for the omission is hypothesized to be a translation mistake. More specifically, it’s possible somebody just forgot to translate the text pertaining to the art on the missing pages, so they just opted not to include it. Frankly, I think that’s an odd explanation, but at the same time, there isn’t any reason for Nintendo to hide its own officially branded ideas either. It’s a head-scratcher. At any rate, you can get a look at more of the missing art in the tweet below.

What do you think of the apparent existence of Link’s family? Had they been in the game, it would have added a lot more gravity to Link’s situation, to see that there were loved ones he left behind when he went into hibernation. Also, that papa just looks like a really cool dude. I hope he shows up officially in a future game!


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!