10 amazing Zelda facts and secrets
12th Nov 2012 | 12:20
It's that time again. As with the Pokemon series, the Kingdom of Hyrule and the lands beyond it hold too many secrets and so we're back with another round of amazing Zelda facts and secrets. How do you get mistaken for a twenty foot skeleton? Why is the Ocarina of Time blue? Why is a certain boss fight hilarious in German? What is the connection between Luigi and Dodongo's Cavern? All of this and more will be revealed...
What does Luigi have to do with The Legend Of Zelda?
Being one of Nintendo's most popular and revolutionary games, Super Mario 64 was no stranger to rumours of hidden content. One of the most recurrent 'secrets' was that Luigi, mysteriously absent from the game, was actually a hidden playable character.
The speculation arose from the discovery of a plaque embedded in a statue in one of the castle courtyards. The writing on the plaque was largely obscured, but it was thought to say "L is real 2041", which many people interpreted as a hint towards Luigi's existence in the game.
So, what does this have to do with The Legend of Zelda? Well, the texture for the plaque appears in Ocarina of Time as well, on a stone protrusion in Dodongo's Cavern.
Funnily enough, unlike in Super Mario 64, Luigi actually makes an appearance in Ocarina of Time as you can spot a portrait of him through the window of Hyrule Castle. In a weird coincidence, this cameo is in a castle courtyard, the same kind of place that the original "L is real" message was found in Super Mario 64.
2. What does Madame Fanabi's fortune mean?
In Twilight Princess, if you visit Madame Fanadi and ask her to read your fortune for love or career she will go into a trance and mutter a bunch of gibberish. This gibberish is actually a sentence written backwards. If you pick love, she will say "wait...loading takes awhile" backwards, and if you pick career, she'll say "what am I talking about" backwards.
3. What happens when you battle bodyguards wearing the Bremen Mask?
In Majora's Mask, if you use the Bremen Mask during the battle with Igos du Ikana's bodyguards, they will stop trying to attack you and march comically behind you until you stop. Additionally, if you wear the Captain's Hat while confronting the undead king himself, an extra scene will play where he mistakes you for Captain Keeta before realising you are far "too tiny".
4. The origins of the Fairy Fountain theme
The famous Fairy Fountain theme used in many Zelda games (and even in the film Scott Pilgrim Vs The World) was actually first used as the overworld theme for the Water Land level in Super Mario Bros. 3. Additionally, the noise the warp whistle makes in Super Mario Bros. 3 is also used in the title screen theme for Ocarina of Time, as well as being the tune played on the Ocarina in The Minish Cap.
5. What inspired Link's Awakening?
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is one of the stranger Zelda titles out there. Developer Takashi Tezuka envisioned it as more of a spin off, getting rid of some of the more traditional Zelda story elements.
Additionally, a relatively open development process ensured some of the weirdly prominent Mario series cameos such as Yoshi and Shy Guys.
What you may not have known is that Link's Awakening actually takes some elements from an obscure Zelda-inspired Game Boy title Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru, which roughly translates to 'For the Frog the Bell Tolls'. The engine used for the game's top-down world scrolling was re-used for Link's Awakening.
Some characters from the game, such as Prince Richard, make cameo appearances in Link's Awakening too.
6. What is the link between Wind Waker and Pikmin??
After collecting the three Pearls of the Goddess in the Wind Waker, you must travel to the three Triangle Islands and place each on a worn looking statue.
If you look carefully, each statue has a unique feature to it. The statue for Din has a pointed nose, the statue for Farore has large ears and the statue for Nayru has a crack resembling a mouth.
These features correspond to the original three types of Pikmin. Red Pikmin have pointed noses like Din's statue, and Din is represented by the colour red. Blue Pikmin have mouths like Nayru's statue and, as you may have guessed, Nayru is commonly associated with the colour blue.
Farore's statue has ears like Yellow Pikmin, but obviously there's a colour mismatch here due to there being no green Pikmin. The statues themselves even look a little bit like the helmet-wearing Olimar, complete with antenna, albeit curled.
7. What material is the Ocarina Of Time made from?
Many secrets of the Zelda universe exist in Hyrule Historia, the encyclopaedia of all things Zelda that is luckily going to see a western release next year. One interesting snippet of information is that the ever so familiar Ocarina of Time is made from the same material as the timeshift stones seen in Skyward Sword.
8. The secret of The Legend Of Zelda
In the original Legend of Zelda, there's a Moblin who appears in a number of caves throughout Hyrule. Instead of attacking the player, it helps you by giving you some rupees and states "It's a secret to everybody."
No doubt this infamous phrase holds a special place in the hearts of veteran Zelda fans. Interestingly, Nintendo seem to be quite fond of it too, as variations of the phrase have actually appeared in a large number of Zelda games since, including Skyward Sword.
If you bribed the gatekeeper outside Hyrule Castle in Ocarina of Time on the way to see Zelda, and speak to him again, he'll say: "Keep it a secret from everyone."
Zelda herself says: "Please keep it a secret from everyone" before she tells you the story of the Triforce when you eventually meet her.
A Goron near Hyrule Castle in Twilight Princess says "I must tell you, I have kept this a secret from the others. Yes, it is a secret to everybody."
A Parella in Skyward Sword also says the original phrase when it talks about the entrance to Faron Spring. These are just a few examples, have you noticed any more?
9. Who are the killer grannies?
Hilariously, the German names for Koume and Kotake, the witch twins from Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask and the Oracle games are Killer granny/Killer grannies when translated to English. If that's not enough, the German name for their alter-ego Twinrova is Sexy thermo hexy. How odd...
10. Look up in Skyward Sword's Sealed Temple - Spoiler Alert!
Near the conclusion to Skyward Sword, Link reunites the Sealed Temple with its other half, the Isle of the Goddess. On the the ceiling of the newly created room where the two structures connect, the symbols of the six medallions from Ocarina of Time can be seen.