Even though Mario has many more games than Link, a bigger majority of The Legend of Zelda franchise has more critically acclaimed games. Link's greatest achievement was in the game Ocarina of Time, which is voted one of the best games in the world.
Mario has had it's time and The Franchises worst game was around the Mario Galaxy 1 & 2. Around that time Skyward Sword came out and people are still buying that game. A well amount of games are being bought on eShop.
Reasons why Link should be the new face of Nintendo
There are many reasons why Mario is the face of NIntendo, but there are many more reasons for LInk.
The high rating is because I feel that it's a little harsh to give one star to what is an all-right argument, even when I don't agree with it.
Mario suits Nintendo's purpose of being seen as family-friendly better. The Zelda games may supercede Mario in quality (I'm not saying I think they do) but a sword-toting elf guy looks less family-friendly than a wacky little plumber man.
Well Mario is more popular, and has so much more games. Yeah Link's games are bought allot, but so are Mario's the first one had over one million sells ( like paceygym said ). Mario games are easier and are more of a family game then Link. Mario galaxy and mario galaxy 2 were great games. Legend of Zelda is a fun game, but not as easy to pick up ( as Nova said ). Mario shows more of the creativity side of Nintendo then LOZ.
-There are more Mario fans than Link fans.
-Compared to Mario, Link is a lesser known character to the world.
-Mario has 10 times as many titles as Link (as you said in a nutshell)
-Compared to LoZ, Mario games are easy for anyone to pick up (as Nova said)
-Mario was first. (aka MVP of Nintendo!)
-Compared to Mario, Link does not have much representation of the Nintendo company itself; as a whole.
I get what you mean, but I highly disagree.
Mario's franchise is the best-selling video game franchise of all time. Do you know how successful that is for Nintendo? If I were them, I would keep Mario as the "face" of Nintendo, since it's such a huge character and part of Nintendo.
I see your point but no.
First off, the Galaxy games were great and sold really well.
Next, Mario is also the face of Nintendo because his games can be played by anyone. For the Legend of Zelda, it requires a higher age group. A 6 year old can't possibly play Zelda, but my 6 year old sister can play (and does) a lot of Mario games.
Also, you can't take Link and do what you want with him like Mario. I can't possibly see Link playing "Link Party" like Mario does.
Nintendo is a company aimed towards families, so Link isn't a good fit at all. I fact, I don't think anyone can replace Mario.
Even though Zelda is amazing, I highly disagree