The ever-changing sizes of Ganon and Link


Another bizarre situation. The two Game Boy Color Zeldas, Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, do not contain a battle with Ganon, but if you beat one and use its end-of-game password at the beginning of the other, you’ll end up confronting another blue Ganon… but one that’s far larger than its NES or SNES counterparts.

Prior to this, the sprite Ganon forms were moderately larger than Link. But now, in a post-Ocarina world, even the 2D incarnations have to step it up. The Oracles also continue the idea that Ganon (the monster) has little to no control over his actions, saying only “Destroy all… KILL ALL!” before throwing himself into battle.

The Ocarina versions of Link and Ganondorf co-headlined 2001’s Super Smash Bros Melee, though for whatever reason ‘Dorf is slightly smaller than before. In the original game, Link barely cleared Ganondorf’s chest, but now they’re practically the same height. Then again, he’s kind of squatting, so if he were to stand tall he’d probably be in the 1998 standard range.

Wind Waker’s once-controversial graphics are now charmingly timeless. No matter what generation we’re in, or how many years have passed, it’ll always look stylish and sleek. As for Link and Ganondorf, they’re on par with their regular sizes, though Link’s a child and therefore significantly smaller than usual. Doesn’t stop him from embedding a sword in Ganondorf’s head though.

Wind Waker is also the first Zelda game in which “Ganon” never appears; even in the above final battle, Ganondorf retains his human form. The only vision we get of Monstro-Ganon is in the game’s opening movie:

That’s very clearly a giant pig thing with a trio of dead people lying in ruin. You never actually fight this form, nor do you see it directly. Ganon’s next appearance, however, is all wiz-pig.

Another oddball entry, Four Swords Adventures saw our hero split into four separate kid-Links on a mission to stop Vaati (a new villain) and, ultimately, Ganon himself. Up there you see the four Links standing next to statues of the original blue pig-wizard from the NES/SNES versions, and Link’s roughly the same height. Strange.

WHOA. That’s hands-down the biggest effing Ganon we’ve ever seen. He absolutely dominates the screen, zipping from one spot to the next as he hurls his rotating staff. There’s no Ganondorf at all, just this imposing beast.

Interestingly, Ganon is in full control the whole time, and even his dialog suggests Ganondorf’s mind is alive and well. He doesn’t suffer another gruesome end, he’s just a badass giant sprite, possibly the last time we’ll ever see such a thing in the Zelda universe.

Ganondorf spends most of Twilight Princess as a rumor, occasionally mentioned as a great dark power that was sealed away long ago. Eventually you learn he’s behind the latest round of monsters and disunity (no surprise there) and have to take him out for good. ‘Dorf is about the same size as before, still looming over an aged Link, but he decides to go nuts again and become the Dark Beast Ganon.

Just how big is this feral new Ganon? Let’s see if we can get reeeeeal close…

OH. Yeah he’s pretty damn big. Possibly the biggest he’s ever been. But, as always, Link topples even this gargantuan foe. This leads to Ganon shifting yet again to his human form and hauling ass on a decidedly Ring Wraith-y steed.

After a lengthy swordfight, Link finishes Ganon off by impaling him on the Master Sword. As of this writing, Ganondorf has yet to appear in any subsequent Zelda releases (i.e. Phantom Hourglass and most likely Spirit Tracks), so we’ll honor his memorable villainy with the screen below – a poignant moment with Link, Zelda and Ganon all standing on a hilltop, the latter with a sword hilt lodged firmly in his chest.

The End? It was until 2008’s Super Smash Bros Brawl threw the Twilight Princess versions of Link and Ganon at each other’s throats yet again. This time around Ganondorf is significantly taller than Link, with a much higher discrepancy than their last Smash Bros appearance.

And just for good measure, we tossed in a Wind Waker Toon Link against the Twilight Princess Ganondorf.

That brings us totally up to date with Link, Ganon and the Zelda series as a whole. Next up is this year’s Spirit Tracks, to be followed by a new, possibly MotionPlus-controlled Zelda that’ll be revealed at E3 2010. So far, all we’ve got is this not-so-subtle hint that Link’s sword will be a ghostly blue girl, or perhaps the Master Sword comes to life and becomes the focus of a very waggly sequel.

Hey, if Ganon’s in it, we’re there.

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  • n00b - July 17, 2009 5:06 a.m.

    Doesn’t stop him from embedding a sword in Ganondorf’s head though. LOL
  • noobeater - June 25, 2009 11:15 a.m.

    well twilight princess has to be my favourite zelda took a flawless oot and made it better i still have original oot and others but i got rid of wii ages ago coz it was mostly shit i want one to play twilight princess again...i fully completed twilight princess in 30 hrs....admit thats pretty quick =D
  • soragod4 - June 25, 2009 3:27 a.m.

    i have played like all of these and i just bought orcarina from the wii shop so this fit my mood pretty well also the new games thing at the bottom of the page should be changed i mean seiriously those things aren't new re captcha: mrs snazzier
  • CARLINNIT - June 24, 2009 10:44 p.m.

    No CD-i games? Everybody knows they were the best games.
  • TheWebSwinger - June 24, 2009 10:27 p.m.

    @slickmcwilly: according to the TDar podcast, Majora's Mask is the only Zelda game the writer of this article never finished. There's probably a reason for that.
  • gopikmin - June 24, 2009 9:42 p.m.

    I bet ganon/ganondorf will be in spirit tracks. Spirit tracks takes place 100 years after phatom houglass. !00 years is certainly enough time for Ganon to be revived
  • buminyaface - June 24, 2009 7:18 p.m.

    ganondorfs shnozz is massive on the first page!
  • SlightlyBetterName - June 24, 2009 6:39 p.m.

    Brett wrote an article on Zelda? Not possible...
  • MechGyver - June 24, 2009 10 a.m.

    Why Do Girls Have Boobs?
  • Conman93 - June 24, 2009 9:55 a.m.

    I agree with FrozenImplosion a cel shaded Zelda for wii would be awesome Or maybe even a windwaker remake for with more dungeons and less triforce chart searching
  • Mavarious - June 24, 2009 7:09 a.m.

    wife arm beats girl sword any day
  • somerandomchap - June 24, 2009 6:54 a.m.

    Yay my favourite game, and favourite editor. Nice article Brelston
  • ELpork - June 23, 2009 11:32 p.m.

    As a change of pace, Gannon will be the size of a pea in the next game.... as well as link not really... having a... sword...
  • richtaur - June 23, 2009 11:18 p.m.

    Hey! It's the Mario VS Bowser sizes again! Awesome.
  • slickmcwilly - June 23, 2009 11:13 p.m.

    not even a mention of majora's mask? even if it doesn't have ganon, it should have been noted or something
  • FrozenImplosion - June 23, 2009 10:14 p.m.

    I loved windwaker link and windwaker ganondorf. They should make a Wii title in the windwaker style!
  • erreip199 - June 23, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    u guys forgot to mention the wind waker ganon, he isnt the last form but in fact thie first few ones of ganondorf
  • Nin10DOH - June 23, 2009 9:03 p.m.

    hmm..the Ganon from Wind Waker is pretty huge. It looks like he could eat Link. Good article though
  • MechGyver - June 23, 2009 9:03 p.m.

    from WIKI: "The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or, to give their scientific name Tortiesa Adolicious Ninjitsua Mutalia are the four results of a genetic engineering experiment gone wrong by ?!Linux!? during his attendance at Helsinki University, in his attempt to create an affectionate mate. Instead of creating a singular human XX-chromosome female, to defend him from on-campus brutes as well as to make love to him, ?!Linux!? experiment spawned four YY-chromosome pizza-addicted humanoid turtles who have a fond likeness of Californian surfer slang." Be amazed with the truth behind the legend!
  • ChrisAntistaSmellsLikePizza - June 23, 2009 7:49 p.m.


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