Video Game History: Mario Cameos in Zelda

Mario painting in The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past Super Nintendo

Since legendary game-developer Shigeru Miyamoto created both the Mario and the Zelda series, Nintendo’s favorite plumber and his friends make quite a few appearances in the Zelda series. Like a Mario painting in a house in A Link to the Past.

Chain chomp enemies The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past SNES Nintendo

But not just Mario appears, but the Chain-Chomps as well. An interesting thing to note is that they were intended to be in the Zelda games first, but ended up having their initial appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3 in 1988.

Chain chomp dog The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening Nintendo Game Boy

They also made an appearance in Link’s Awakening, as Bowwow who symbolized a dog. The reason for this is that the Chain-Chomps were inspired by a dog that scared Shigeru Miyamoto as a child.

Chickens The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening Nintendo Game Boy

Link’s Awakening has a lot of Mario cameos to say the least. Luigi got demoted to raising chickens.

Princess Peach cameo The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening Nintendo Game Boy

Some girl think she looks like Princess Peach.

Yoshi doll The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening Gameboy Nintendo

And you can win a Yoshi doll in a mini-game. I loved this one.

Wart cameo The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening Nintendo Game Boy

Wart also made an appearance with his original Japanese name Mamu. Instead of being an evil boss like in Mario, he’s a good ally who teaches Link a song.

Mario and Bowser paintings The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time N64

In Ocarina of Time, you can notice that Hyrule Castle loves Super Mario 64.

Happy mask salesman Mario Mask The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask N64 Nintendo

And that the Happy Mask Salesman in Majora’s Mask is also a Mario fan. I can’t blame him.

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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