Nintendo's famed hero Link has sported many looks over the past thirty years, but they've all been more or less the same: green pointy hat and a green shirt. The recently released The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild throws that tradition away by dressing Link in all kinds of clothing from a ratty shirt found at his awakening to warm feather-lined pants for keeping warm in cold places to a revealing outfit popular among vai designed for sneaking into a desert city forbidden to all voe. Why the change? The development team felt that the classic look wasn't working anymore. Chelsea Stark at Polygon reports:
“As the graphic fidelity has increased it becomes more difficult to make that hat look cool,” said Breath of the Wild art director Satoru Takizawa in an interview during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. “As the game becomes more realistic it's difficult to present it in a way that's appealing.”
However, if you really want to relive the classics and dress this new Link in his old clothes, you have a few options. Aside from unlocking the modernized take on the classic outfit — here called the Tunic of the Wild — a variety of Zelda-related amiibo can unlock Link's famous clothes from past games in the series such as the Tunic of Wind (from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker), the Tunic of Time (as seen in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time), and of course the original fashion that started it all from 1987's The Legend of Zelda. Unfortunately, these greatest hits of Hyrule fashion are exclusive to their respective amiibo. I'm still trying to unlock the Tunic of the Hero with my retro 8-bit Link amiibo, but that Ocarina outfit is such an iconic look that it's almost enough to make me want to buy its respective Link amiibo too. It's a shame that the beloved nostalgia is locked with amiibo, and it's a double shame that I don't own any other Zelda amiibo that will grant me these outfits.