- This article is about the Super Smash Bros. Melee character. For the recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series, see Link.
|First appearance||Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)|
- "Link's younger incarnation is often considered to be the true Link: he was a young boy in the very first Legend of Zelda game, and he has appeared as a youth in most of the subsequent games. Since his debut on the original NES in 1987, Link's appearance has changed over and over again, each time adding to the mystique of his incomparable story."
- — Trophy description
Young Link is a playable character from Super Smash Bros. Melee. His model is based off of Link's appearance as a child in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. His fighting style is a modified duplicate of Link's. Young Link is unlocked by either completing Classic Mode or Adventure Mode with 10 characters, including two Zelda series characters (i.e. Link, Princess Zelda or Ganondorf), or by completing 500 VS. Mode matches. Once the player has fulfilled these requirements they will face Young Link on the Termina: Great Bay stage. If they successfully defeat him he will become a playable character.
Young Link has a shorter reach than Link, but his arrows can set opponents on fire and momentarily stun them. Additionally, Young Link has more control over his boomerang than Link. His Hookshot is shorter then Link's but can still grapple on to edges. His Spin Attack is faster than Link's, hits multiple times and draws in opponents close to it. Young Link uses a Deku Shield; however, it does not burn when it comes in contact with fire. Like Link, his shield can block projectiles when standing still. Unlike Link, Young Link can do wall jumps.
Young Link's Target Test stage resembles a forest and is thought to be a reference to the Lost Woods. When his taunt is performed, he drinks a bottle of Lon Lon Milk — the longest taunt of all the characters. "Saria's Song" appears to be Young Link's theme song in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It is heard during the first battle with him, the battle against him in the Kongo Jungle stage, and when Classic, Adventure, or All Star Tournament Modes are completed with Young Link.