Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap is a side-story in the Zelda series, which is set before the events of Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures. It features the same gameplay elements of exploration, puzzle-solving, and combat that are common in the series. It also introduces new elements such as the ability to shrink and merge with walls, and the use of Kinstone fusing to open new areas and secrets.
Player controls the young hero Link, who is tasked with rescuing Princess Zelda and restoring peace to the kingdom of Hyrule. The game begins with a festival celebrating the legendary hero, Link and his childhood friend, Princess Zelda. Suddenly, the evil sorcerer Vaati appears and turns Zelda to stone. The King of Hyrule, Daltus, asks Link to find a legendary Minish named Ezlo and use the power of the Minish to restore Zelda and defeat Vaati.
Link embarks on a journey to find the Minish, a race of tiny, magical creatures who possess the power to grant wishes. Along the way, he obtains the Minish Cap, a magical hat that allows him to shrink down to the size of the Minish. With the help of the Minish Cap and Ezlo, Link can explore new areas and solve puzzles. He also meets various characters, such as a blacksmith, a carpenter, and a fortune-teller, who help him in his quest.