Artwork of Salvatore from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
|First appearance||The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker|
|Latest appearance||The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD|
- “Thanks for playing. Come back again sometime. Or don't.”
- – Salvatore, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Salvatore is a recurring minigame operator, self-titled as "the Master of Diversions." He aspired to be a famous painter, but when that fell through, he switched to his current business, with which he has found success and is trying to turn into a chain. Despite this, he seems to be disillusioned with it, constantly having a bored, apathetic demeanor, though he gets briefly miffed if Link refuses to play. He tends to use painted cutouts as props, indicated to be painted by him. He is likely named for Salvador Dali, a famous surrealist painter.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Salvatore runs two minigames, those being the Squid-Hunt on Windfall Island and the Barrel Shoot on Spectacle Island, which he owns. For both of them, he explains the rules while using paintings with a hole for his face to portray characters. He seems to get into his roles and possibly take actual enjoyment from them, though his happiness may itself be acting. For the former game, he portrays a sailor named "Admiral Dolvalski" (while using a thick German accent) and a group of children, and in the latter game Tetra and Gonzo. In both cases, saying that he needs to explain the rules again causes him to have a surprised and disappointed face. Additionally, he gets annoyed if he thinks Link has been playing games by other people, as he considers his "the funnest." If spoken to at night, he can be found sleeping while sitting and holding a cutout of someone in bed to his face.
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
In the Japanese and Korean versions of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, Salvatore appears as an announcer for the Navi Trackers mode exclusive to said versions.
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
In The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Salvatore operates the Cannon Game on Bannan Island. To reach him, Link needs to have bombs in order to get past a bombable wall; it is somewhat implied that due to the bad accessibility Link is his only customer. This time, he uses small flat painted replicas on wooden sticks to demonstrate how to play. After Link has played and left, Salvatore sends him a letter inviting him to play again, though admitting he does not really care if he bothers to. The letter also contains a ship part.
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