"Video games won't get you anywhere," they said. "Video games are for nerds and babies." Well, you can take those opinions and stuff them right up your HDMI port, because video games just won an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. Sort of.
After Nina Derwael won gold for Belgium on the women's uneven bars, her coach, Marjorie Heuls, held a little piece of plastic up to the camera — a green-clad figure playing a tiny blue ocarina.
"The doll is Zelda, a figure created by a Japanese author that my son played with as a child," said Heuls in an article from Belgian news site HLN. She received the lucky charm from her children in 2017, when Derwael won bronze at the World Championships in Montreal. "For me it's symbolic," Heuls said. "It's like having my kids with me... And it is clearly also a good luck charm.”
A few people in the replies to Nintendeal's tweet noted that the Zelda figurine is a "brutalised" amiibo, but we're not so sure — it looks quite different, despite the pose being similar. Huels' Zelda is a bit skinnier, and doesn't have his iconic sword and shield, although the green hat is still visible. Compare the two for yourself:
Mostly, though, we're just excited to see Zelda getting into the Olympics after Nintendo pulled out. Congratulations to Huels, Derwael, and most of all, tiny plastic Zelda!
[source hln.be, via wiredupreport.com]
"The doll is Zelda..."
That's definitely the OoT Link amiibo, just slightly damaged by being removed from its base and the sword missing from the scabbard.
I watched the uneven bars and she really did absolutely slaughter the apparatus. Perhaps there’s something to be said for good luck charms!
I've compared that picture to my Ocarina amiibo and it is 100% the same. The sculpting, the pose, the paint, the lines from the mold. You can even see the parts of his feet that would plug into the amiibo base. Somehow the sword and shield were removed but that wouldn't be hard to do. Oh, and also it's the right size.
@Jey887 Ha, came for the comments, left satisfied!
So was the "Zelda" figure her son played with as a child created by a Japanese author? Or was the "Zelda" figure created by a Japanese author that her son played with? Phrasing is important. I mean, it would be cool if I had a kid that played with Shiggy, but that would make me pretty damn old.
I read the title and thought Zelda Lucky Charms cereal was a thing.
Why is "Zelda" dressed like Link?
Link was playing a MEDALey of tunes on his ocarina to help her win.
Yes, we’re really reduced to dragging a woman for not knowing the difference between Zelda and Link despite it just being a toy her son had. Gamer Moment™
That is NOT ZELDA!!!
THAT IS LINK!!!
With that triggering subject aside, that is most definitely a butchered amiibo, no doubt about it.
Getting "Y can't Metroid crawl" flashbacks from this lol.
Gotta love little random gamer nuggets like this.
@nessisonett Clearly no one is actually triggered. Just a bit of fun. Good on her for recognising the series at all.
"Congratulations to Huels, Derwael, and most of all, tiny plastic Zelda!" Definitely triggered.
@nessisonett If she works for Nintendo Life and repeatedly calls Link Zelda yes! "Left: Zelda figurine from the Olympics; Right: Zelda as an official amiibo" Though I imagine, hope, the writer is just trolling. Maybe the reader, maybe the coach?
What if Zelda was a grill?
Wasn't Zelda the small one? With the masks?
Zelda is the name of the hero and the princess is actually called Zelda's Monster
Athlete wins a gold medal, credits her good luck charm - Armchair Internet users bring her down a peg for telling her the character isn't Zelda. I'm sure she is crying over it while cradling her gold medal.
@Eel Nah, Zelda is clearly the middle-aged fairy man in a green onesie.
I hope no one thinks I was making fun of Huels! I thought it was a really sweet moment and calling Link "Zelda" is actually very fun to do especially when you are a Nintendo Life writer
Winning a gymnastics medal after having a kid is a feat nonetheless
That is Zelda actually, the trans version of Link. 😉
Removed - unconstructive
May have been a cheap Belgian knockoff. That would explain the weird differences. And what's up with the pink/purple/yellow twisty thing wrapped around it? Nevertheless, I'm glad Nintendo got some form of shoutout during the Japan Olympics.
@KateGray to be fair, you can enter the name “Zelda” when you play the game, right? Maybe they called their hero Zelda.
I am so confused. I mean I have been playing this series for 30 years or so and I thought that I knew that Zelda was the grill and Link was the boy but now I'm not so sure. A gymnast is saying that Zelda is the boy so maybe Link is the girl!! Can someone confirm this please 🤷
@Arkay Good point. What if Link was a toaster oven too? That would be cool 🐸
Lucky charms aren't real so this article is stupid. America should've won. #murica
@nessisonett Why do you assume that anyone is actually being serious about this/cares that much about it?
What's the pink bit coming out of the Ocarina?
TIL that not only is Link Zelda, but he's also a grill.
@Deliesh Yes sir indeed. That is the logical conclusion to this comment section right there 🤠
"What if Zelda was a grill?"
@Mario500 yes, a grill.
A man just wants to grill.
There was no mention of cereal at all in this!
Wait, why are people saying it's the Olympic athlete's good luck charm? This is clearly the coach's charm.
Also, that pink bit is the start of whatever they've tied to it to attach to the yellow string on the back. So that it works as a pendant. Don't know how they fastened it as this is clearly a 30th anniversary OT Link amiibo without the digital parts and sword and shield…
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