series and the The Legend of Zelda series were both created by Super Mario Shigeru Miyamoto, elements from both series have often been referenced by the other.
In the late 1980s, after the release of the first
game, Legend of Zelda Mario and Link were often seen together on various pieces of merchandise. This extended to the , where The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! cartoon appeared in place of the The Legend of Zelda Super Mario Bros. animated segments in the episodes that aired on Fridays.
NES version of was the very first game to feature characters from both series onscreen together; in that game, if the player completes Level 9 Stage 5 in the Type B mode, Mario, Tetris Luigi, Princess Peach, Bowser, Donkey Kong, and Link all appear (along with Samus Aran and Pit) on the ending screen. The two franchises would eventually cross over again, along with several other Nintendo franchises, in the series. Link also appeared as a downloadable guest character in Super Smash Bros. .
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Mario references in The Legend of Zelda
In , pictures of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and Bowser appear in Hyrule Castle. However, there is no way to enter the castle to get a closer look.
The Deku Scrubs and Octorocks somewhat resemble Snifits.
The enemy in the series , the Deku Baba, closely resembles a Piranha Plant.
Talon and Ingo resemble Mario and Luigi, respectively. They also wear bracelets that have a picture of Bowser on them.
In , a letter comes with a photograph of Peach, labeled "Christine".
Link's Awakening Also in Link's Awakening, Yoshi makes a cameo as a doll in one of the mini-games.
Wart makes a cameo in Link's Awakening. For 300 rupees he will sing, and teach you the Frog's Song, used to liven the dead.
A secret area in Link's Awakening features piranha plants and Goombas.
Fyer in has an image of a The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Bullet Bill on his right sleeve.
In , a mask of Mario can be seen in the The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Happy Mask Salesman's collection.
In , a portrait of Mario can be found in one of the houses.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past A Chain Chomp can be seen in Link's Awakening, but used as a pet rather than an enemy.
A Thwomp appears in .
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures Bob-ombs appear in .
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap Bipin's clothing in Oracle of ages/seasons closely resembles Luigi.
Zelda references in Super Mario
In , the Super Mario Bros. 3 Warp Whistle will perform the same tune that it does in Zelda.
In , Super Mario RPG Link makes a cameo in the Rose Town inn. Walking up to him and pressing A will make the sound usually associated with a puzzle being solved (such as a door being opened).
Deku Shrubs appear in a level of .
Super Mario Galaxy A giant blue rupee appears in Super Mario Galaxy that provides 40 star bits in the Rolling Gizmo Galaxy
In episode "Stars in Their Eyes", the Quarks manage to defeat Super Mario Bros. Super Show King Koopa by playing the Legend of Zelda theme.
Tippi from can be considered an equivalent of Super Paper Mario Navi.
In Super Paper Mario, Mimi requests that you pay her Rubees for her broken vase. Many misread this as Rupees .
In , the scoreboard will feature the names of various Nintendo characters, including many from Mario Golf The Legend of Zelda. The names include Darunia, Deku Scrub, Goron Kid, Impa, Link, Malon, Navi, Saria, Sheik, Talon, and Zelda.
Link and the Triforce were originally going to appear in .
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga The first sentence that Fracktail says in Super Paper Mario is "I Am Error", a popular thought to be mistranslation in .
Zelda II In , there is a stage that has a dungeon full of Super Mario 3D Land Spinies, viewed entirely from an overhead perspective as a homage to The Legend Of Zelda.
In , Bowser captures the Sprixie Princess by trapping her in a bottle, the same way Link catches fairies.
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