Remember that scene in the Super Mario Bros. movie when Mario said that his full name is Mario Mario? Remember how that scene was kind of funny when you were a kid and absolutely confounding whenever you view it as an adult? Yeah, that was a weird way to answer a question that nobody really needed to know the answer to.
As it turns out, though, it might just be Nintendo’s go-to method of coming up with last names that don’t exist.
During an interview with Game Informer, Shigeru Miyamoto and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild producer Eiji Aonuma were asked to field 51 questions delivered in rapid succession. Among them was a simple inquiry regarding Link’s last name. According to Miyamoto, it’s “Link.”
Yes, the hero of time’s official full name is Link Link.
Actually, it’s really not. The truth is that Link doesn’t really have a last name just as Mario never really had a last name. Miyamoto later clarifies that Link isn’t human which would seem to suggest that he’s not bound to a last name. Furthermore, as the interviewer points out, there are multiple Links across the Zelda timeline meaning that that the Link name is possibly similar to Jame’s Bond’s 007 tag (or if you believe that infamous fan theory, the James Bond name itself).
The entire rapid fire question session is filled with gems such as the duo’s answer to which Zelda game was the toughest to develop (“Breath of the Wild“) and whether or not Link will speak a full sense in Breath of the Wild (he will not). Also, Miyamoto confirmed that if you are really dedicated, you can utilize the JoyCon controllers as chopsticks.
The pair also laughed at a well-placed suggestion that Nintendo would do well to release a new 2D Metroid game. It’s unclear at this time whether or not the outburst was intended as a “Ha-ha, that would be awesome” laugh or a “Ha-ha, never going to happen” laugh.