10 Legend of Zelda Facts You May Have Missed Out On

JesseMarch 31st, 2012 by Jesse

Do you consider yourself a true hardcore Zelda fan? The Legend of Zelda series is full of countless mysteries and secret facts that we don’t always pick up on. Did you know a few of the Zelda games featured characters from other Nintendo games? One example is in Majora’s Mask where we can see the line up for the cast of Star Fox being displayed as wearable masks. Another small fact you may have missed out on is from Wind Waker. Phantom Ganon’s sword reads Zubora Gabora, the names of the two black smiths from Majora’s Mask. Interested in more? Well the Official Nintendo Magazine featured 10 amazing Legend of Zelda facts in this months issue. Make the jump to check out these facts and to see if you’re knowledge of the series is really as great as you think.

1. The Dying Soldier – Ocarina Of Time
There’s a very obscure interaction often missed by players in Zelda: Ocarina of Time. After meeting Ganondorf face to face and getting the Ocarina of Time, but before opening the Door of Time, there is a wounded soldier slumped in the back alley of Hyrule Market. He explains what happened regarding Ganondorf and why Zelda has fled, before dying quietly. This interaction can only be accessed between this short frame of time.

2. Ganon’s Sword – Wind Waker
In Wind Waker, if you translate the Hylian text on Phantom Ganon’s sword, it states Zubora Gabora. This isn’t meaningless gibberish – it’s actually the names of the two blacksmiths who reside on Snowhead Mountain in Majora’s Mask.

3. Totaka’s Song – Link’s Awakening
The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is one of the few Nintendo games to feature Totaka’s Song. The song is a 19-note tune that composer Kazumi Totaka is famous for hiding in nearly all the videogames he works on. The song is infamous for being notoriously difficult to find, to the extent that people are still looking for it in some games as far back as the N64. In Link’s Awakening, it can be heard if you wait in Richard’s villa for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. A second method involving the name-select screen exists for the Japanese and German versions only.

4. Spell it out – The Legend Of Zelda
In the original Legend of Zelda, the layout of five of the dungeons in the Second Quest mode spell out the word Zelda when arranged accordingly.

5. Indigo-go’s – Majora’s Mask
If you visit each member of The Indigo-go’s in their rooms in Majora’s Mask, each can be found playing a piece of music from other Zelda games. Evan plays the Game Over music from the original Legend of Zelda, Japas plays the Underworld music, again from the original Legend of Zelda and, finally, Tijo plays the cave theme from A Link to the Past. Additionally, the band are famous for their single “Ballad of the Wind Fish”, a reference to Link’s Awakening.

6. Tingle Tuner – Wind Waker
In Wind Waker, if you make use of the Tingle Turner in the Tower of the Gods dungeon, a secret story can be found called The Legend of the Fairy. This 5-part tale tells of a fairy that, long ago, appeared before the Hero of Time, aiding him while he was “Lost in darkness by supplying him with maps. This ‘legend’ is, in fact, a chronicle of Tingle’s role in Majora’s Mask. It is said on an island in the Great Sea, “they celebrate one’s 35th birthday with a green coat and red pants. They do this in hope of becoming like the legendary fairy, Tingle!”.

7. Who is the Hero’s Shade – Twilight Princess
After many years of heated debate, sensible theories and ridiculous guesses, the recently released Hyrule Historia finally put one of the series’ key mysteries to rest. Oh, and I’m not talking about the timeline. It has been confirmed that the Hero’s Shade in Twilight Princess, the skeletal being who teaches you sword techniques, is indeed the ghost of the Hero of Time: Link from Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask.
This marks the first time we ever experience extended pieces of dialogue from Link, as well as the first time two Links have ever crossed paths. Now you can read the following and know it comes from the mouth of the hero who saved Hyrule and Termina. “A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage. You may be destined to become the hero of legend, but your current power would disgrace the proud green of the hero’s tunic you wear. You must use your courage to seek power… and find it you must. Only then will you become the hero for whom this world despairs.”

8. Star Fox reference – Majora’s Mask
In Majora’s Mask, the second row of masks on the item menu contains the Keaton Mask, Bremen Mask, Bunny Hood, Don Gero’s Mask and the Mask of Scents. Their appearance and order appears to be a reference to the members of the mercenary team Star Fox from Nintendo’s popular series of the same name. The masks seem to represent Fox, Falco, Peppy, Slippy and Pigma (an ex-Star Fox member).

9. Look, no sword – The Legend Of Zelda
You can actually complete all the dungeons and reach the final boss, Ganon, in the original Legend of Zelda without ever picking up or using a sword. However, your tremendous effort will ultimately be in vain, as he can’t be defeated without it.

10. The name game
Princess Zelda is named after Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald (author of The Great Gatsby for you literature fans). Shigeru Miyamoto revealed he had a soft spot for the name and decided to use it for the title of the first game.

I will admit, I am proud of my knowledge of the Zelda series and I think I know more than the average fan, but some of these facts were a complete surprise to me. I knew where the Zelda name originated from and some of the other listed facts such as the Star Fox reference, but had no idea about the names on the sword. Which of these did you already know? Did any come as a surprise to you as well? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: ONM Via GoNintendo

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  • Zelda is the bomb!!!

    and Zelda Williams is named after Zelda cuz her dad ( i cant remember his name darn it google zelda willliams maybe then u can find it) was obssesed with Ocarina of Time! does she know? yes and shes cool with it and loves zelda like her dad

    • Pesky Octorok

      How could he name his daughter who was born in 1994 after a game released in 1998? He got her name from the original Legend of Zelda, not from Ocarina of Time 

      • Pesky Octorok

        Oh ya, and his name is Robin Williams

    • http://twitter.com/Ilya_a2 Ilyana

      Her brother named her. C: She’s said so before.

  • ZeldafaninJapan

    I knew 8 of them. Didn’t know 2 or 4.

  • radioactivehylian

    The Tingle Tuner, Phantom Ganon’s sword and the Totaka’s song one were the only ones I didn’t know.

  • Azariah Neal

    Link actually talking to Link……. Link actually TALKING!!??

    *mind blown*

    • Vaati6009

      I like the fact that people are so surprised that Link actually talked. It was bound to happen sooner or later people.

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  • GLaDOS

    Tokaka’s song is creepy to me :(

  • Blu_Lizalfos

    OMG! About a week ago I was reading about Zelda Fitzgerald in my history textbook! What a small world…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4IIKWNXMWQIBL5WGO64ZFDIOQ Alexis C

    Unfortunately, Zelda Fitzgerald was not as ideal of a model as Zelda from the Legend of;) It’s not exactly something to be proud of being named after the former. But these are all really interesting, despite that I knew some of them;)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P4IIKWNXMWQIBL5WGO64ZFDIOQ Alexis C

    ExpandUnfortunately, Zelda Fitzgerald was not as ideal of a model as Zelda from the Legend of;) It’s not exactly something to be proud of being named after the former. But these are all really interesting, despite that I knew some of them;)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5IV67NMWJTOGWIZJA3NVHTA4EY Anthony

    There is also an Arwing from starfox hidden in the Oot code.

    It can be seen using a gameshark.

  • Axstar

    I would never call myself an avid Zelda fan, as I play games for the experience and collection purposes, so seeing facts like these is always a pleasant surprise.

  • Ali_el_helw

     Is the dying soldier on OoT3D too?

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  • Felipe

    I knew about #s 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10

  • Zeldariox

    I knew about almost all of these.
    I did’t know that hyrule historia had revealed the identity of the heros shade though, or that phantom ganons sword said zubora gabora.
    Having fiihed all of the zelda ames, im always looking for new little surprises, and i hink i will start with some o th hylian text in th games now.

  • Hero of Time

    i already knew 1,4,5,7,9,10 but i never thought about a Star Fox refference in MM xD this makes me love the game even more :P anyway Ganon’s Sword and Tingle Tuner are very interesting as well! this hints even more the existence of a REAL TIMELIME very clever Nintendo!  ;P 

  • The Pizzaman

    I knew them all except for the Tingle Tuner, Totaka’s Song (As I have never played LA since it glitched on me and all of his items turned into boots.) and the Spell it out.

  • ZoraofTime

    The only ones I actually knew were 5, 8 and 10, but the main ones that actually really caught my attention were 1 and 7. I can’t believe I am still finding things out about Ocarina of Time, and this is actually really hidden and intriguing, I’m definitely going to see it the next time I play it. The thought of Link’s ancestor from another game teaching a recent one sword techniques is actually a pretty cool thought.

  • Rangerhalt

    One that’s in the ocarina of time is the mario charecter paintings in the right window when you first enter the couryard where zelda is before she is taken away by impa

  • Person

    I knew about the dying soldier, but thats it. I didnt know where the temple of time was and the temple of time was actually the last place I looked

  • zeldamaster2000

    i saw a few

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  • markasscop

    1.knew about it
    2.knew about it
    3.didn’t know
    4.not there yet
    5.knew about it
    6.knew about it [trueedge]
    7.technically knew about it
    8.knew about it
    9.knew about it……yeah
    10.knew about it

  • Master Link

    I knew just number 1, 7, and 9

  • IMF Weirdo

    What really got me was number 7 about the Hero’s Shade, although I knew it already. I knew it was OoT and MM Link, but I didn’t quite realize that indeed, Link TALKED!!! He had dialogue and LOTS OF IT!!! I wanna replay TP and read all of Hero of Time Link’s dialogue, knowing that this is Link who is saying words and phrases and sentences oh so eloquently…

  • Areia Cananaid

    I knew the Dying Soldier from Ocarina Of Time, I found it on accadentaly, along with a bomb throwing guard, three pictures of SS Link (Bombchu store, guerdo fortress, Lon Lon ranch with adult Link) and other stuff on the 3DS.

    I have never played Wind Waker, though I would like to, or some of the older LoZ (Played ALttP and MC).

    In Twilight Princess I thought it was OoT Link or SS Link, because he said, something about TP Link being his child, and that means OoT Link talks in old english. I wonder if OoT Link married Malon…it would make sence, seeing that TP Link has more redder hair…

  • Neutopia

    I didn’t know about the name on the sword, or the soldier in the alley lol, which is weird, I’ve beaten Ocarina Of Time at least 20 times in the past 13 years aha.

  • hoan360

    link should talk like real talk [you can hear him like skylanders

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  • LoZ247

    No… The hero’d shade is actually the regrets of the hero of time. Link did not die in the woods as an adult to become a stalfos.

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