Link appears as a playable character in Mario Kart 8 in the first of the two DLC packs.
Link, a warrior from the Legend of Zelda series. Even though he just races karts in Mario Kart 8, he still is adorned in his fighter gear. He has brown, leather boots with straps around the tops and ankles. They are lighter in the heel area. He has tan (or very dirty white) pants, and he also has a forest green tunic. Link has a dark brown belt with a brass buckle that separates his shirt from his tunic. Another belt is strapped around his shoulder, this one is the same color and attached to the one around his waist. This belt holds his sword sheath, which is also dark brown and edged with a brass tip. Underneath his short-sleeved green shirt is a long-sleeved white shirt, which can also be seen right below his neck. Link is equipped with an arm guard for when shooting a bow and arrow, although he does not usually have one. His black gloves are cut off at the fingers, and his shirt is slightly torn at the collar. His ears are pointed, and his long, flowing, blonde hair falls over his forehead and his ears. Link wears a long hat that falls over his shoulders. It matches his shirt in color.
On July 19, 2018, an update was released to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe where you can play as Link in the champion's Tunic costume from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Along with the addition of the Master Cycle Zero bike, the Ancient Tires, and the Paraglider.
|Mario Kart 8 / Deluxe racers|
|Light||Baby Mario • Baby Luigi • Baby Peach • Baby Daisy • Baby Rosalina • Toad • Toadette • Koopa Troopa • Shy Guy • Lakitu • Larry Koopa • Wendy O. Koopa • Lemmy Koopa • Isabelle+ • Villager+ • Dry Bones* • Bowser Jr.*|
|Medium||Mario • Luigi • Peach • Daisy • Yoshi • Ludwig von Koopa • Iggy Koopa • Tanooki Mario+ • Cat Peach+ • Inklings*|
|Heavy||Wario • Waluigi • Donkey Kong • Rosalina • Bowser • Roy Koopa • Morton Koopa Jr. • Metal Mario • Pink Gold Peach • Link+ • Dry Bowser+ • King Boo* • Gold Mario*|
|+ - denotes DLC. • * - denotes exclusivity to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.|