The Legend of Zelda has always been about exploration. Even as far back as the original NES classic, Nintendo's green-clad hero Link has been tasked with travelling across the lands of Hyrule in search of Princess Zelda — and for the past three decades, Link's proven himself as one of the greatest video game explorers ever created.
Google, on the other hand, has been helping people get around the real world for years now. Google Maps is generally the best option for directions and navigation, regardless of where you are in the world, and the app has almost single-handedly removed the need for dedicated GPS units. Simply put, if you end up getting lost, chances are you'll turn to Google Maps for help.
That's why it makes sense that Nintendo and Google have teamed up to bring gaming's most intrepid explorer into Google Maps. To celebrate the release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD on the Wii U, Link has replaced the traditional yellow cursor on Google's navigation app!
Don't worry, you won't have to download any sort of update to get Link in your app — just open up your browser, and you'll find him sitting in the lower right-hand corner. Just click and drag him to whatever spot on the map you like, and Link will pull up any available Street View!
The Hero of Time won't stick around forever, though: Hyrule's greatest explorer will only be available in Google Maps for the next few days, so make sure to use Link while you can!
If you're in the mood for a more traditional Legend of Zelda adventure, you're in luck: Nintendo has just released the HD remaster of Twilight Princess for Wii U. Originally released back in 2006, Twilight Princess is one of the stranger entries in the franchise — but not necessarily because of its visuals or gameplay style.
After suffering through numerous delays, Nintendo decided that Twilight Princess would be developed for two separate consoles at the same time — the aging GameCube and its successor, the Wii. This rushed development cycle resulted in a strangely-awkward game, especially for Nintendo and The Legend of Zelda — but with reworked dungeons and no outdated motion controls to be seen, Twilight Princess HD feels like the game that Nintendo truly wanted to make.
Both The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD and Google Map's Link Easter egg are available today!