Hyrule's tranquility was shattered by the arrival of several disasters, which brought opaque, ominous clouds with them. Eventually, it was discovered that an unknown magician was to blame for all that had happened. Just as the people were about to lose all hope, the sun miraculously returned as Link, having been summoned by Princess Zelda to find the disasters' source, successfully defeated the magician. The people of Hyrule rejoiced in the belief that eternal peace would rule; but it eventually became clear that the magician responsible for the disasters was in fact controlled by an evil sword from another world, Soul Edge, and that the fragments of Soul Edge had been gathering in the other world. Knowing that the resurrection of the evil blade must be prevented at all costs, Link chose to travel to the other world and destroy Soul Edge himself. He gathered his trusted Master Sword and Ocarina of Time, and transported himself off on a secret journey. Eventually, he was successful in sealing away the evil within the Soul Edge, saving his homeland and quietly leaving the world he had come upon, leaving only a faint echo of his Ocarina.</blockquote> Link relies on familiar items and equipment from within the Zelda universe such as the Hero's Bow, boomerang and bombs as well as wielding a number of swords and shields from *Legend of Zelda* lore. These include the Master Sword & Hylian Shield, Razor Sword, Cane of Byrna, Mirror Shield and, ultimately, the Soul Edge. Due to the popularity of the *Legend of Zelda* franchise, the GameCube version of *Soulcalibur II* ranks the highest out of the three versions, rating 93/100 on MetaCritic and 92.3% on GameRankings.
Mario Kart 8</h4> With the release of *Mario Kart 8* and its accompanying downloadable content, Nintendo started to experiment with the roster of Mario Kart by adding in characters from other franchises. A Zelda-themed DLC was released for *Mario Kart 8* in November 2014. *The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8* package contains three new playable characters, including the incarnation of Link from *Skyward Sword*. The DLC also contains four vehicles and two parts: the Master Cycle, which features a Hylian Shield at each side, and the Triforce Tires and Hylian Kite. The Triforce Cup, also included in the DLC, features the Hyrule Circuit, which is located in Hyrule Field and inside Hyrule Castle. The circuit features Rupees instead of Coins, Deku Babas instead of Piranha Plants, and Keese instead of Swoopers. Once inside the Hyrule Castle section, switches can be activated to summon the Master Sword. Also, Link will sometimes hold the Triforce in his hands while performing a trick. Additionally, using either the Link or Toon Link amiibo unlocks the Link Racing Suit usable by the Mii character.
Amiibo</h4> To date, Nintendo have released 4 Zelda-themed amiibo, for use in a range of games from *Super Smash Bros. for 3DS / Wii U*, *Mario Kart 8*, *Hyrule Warriors*, *Yoshi's Woolly World* and *Super Mario Maker*. These are Link, Zelda, Toon Link and Ganondorf. [gallery link="none" columns="4" size="medium" ids="858,861,860,859"]