Newest Professor Layton Game has a Zelda Reference

DaveyNovember 27th, 2012 by Davey

In the classic Nintendo fashion, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask contains a receded, but perhaps not so subtle reference to the beloved Ocarina of Time. According to Did You Know Gaming, in a mini-game you can unlock instruments, and what else than ocarinas? Hit the jump for the full easter egg!

If the color coded ocarinas weren’t enough, the descriptions of the three parts of the Triforce are described in the game. Definitely a solid reference to Ocarina of Time and the Zelda series in general. And maybe it’s just me, but those descriptions seem to embody the spells you can get in Ocarina of Time, which are Din’s Fire (power), Farore’s Wind (courage), and Nayru’s Love (wisdom), particularly because the courage ocarina says it “blows away worry”.

What are your thoughts? Have you played the game and experienced this reference yourself? Tell us in the comments below!

Source: Did You Know Gaming

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  • btothekl

    Cool catch. But Farore’s color is green. And the ocarina’s hole placements are different from ocarinas in the Zelda series.

    • Waker of Winds

      Nevertheless, they are all primary colors: red yellow blue. although, so is green. it is a primary color of light. Red green blue. also light more embodies power than just color, at least i think.

      Maybe im just weird and putting too much of a theoretical spin on things, but thats how i see it

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  • Kraniss

    I’ve beat this game, including this mini game, but I never actually bothered to read the descriptions for any of the items.

  • linkasourous

    I think it’s awesome how they put in references to other games

  • Naga

    ive always been confuzzled about the Farore’s Wind spell, cause you can use it to warp AWAY from enemies in a dungeon. now it makes sense :)

  • Luigi

    hah i bet the courage ocarina is the blue one. Doesn’t it look like the Ocarina of Time?

  • Emma Mix

    Furthermore, fire is symbolic for rage, and love… is enchanting.

    Anyhow, loved that little tidbit, looking forward to more!

  • itsameluigi1290

    I thought this was going to be an article talking about a puzzle which involved picking the right Ocarina.

  • littlemissgleek

    I completed (as in COMPLETED completed) PL5 quiiiite a while ago, and I just thought the ocarinas looked cute :D
    that was an awesome minigame XD

  • Zelda is the Bomb!!!


  • gamer2332

    I’ve beaten the game, but I’ve yet to 100%

  • Linksmahomie

    Ditching a fight is not courage! LOL XD
    (refering to Farore’s Wind)

    • ralphpotato

      But courage is not synonymous with foolishness. So if you have the ability to run away if you think you may not be strong enough, but you still take the challenge, that is courageous.

      • baileygirl99

        You have a point there.

        • Soir

          No, he really doesn’t.
          What he listed is, in fact, foolishness- not courage.

  • Noahguy1234

    I own the game and I do remember this well! Although I forgot what the descriptions said. Wait a minute. I just checked it right now and these descriptions are different from the in game ones. So does that mean the descriptions are different in other regions? I’m in America so I’ll give you what each says word for word. The blue one (Or purple as the game says it is) is called Witch’s Song, which that and the color are an obvious reference to Prof. Layton and the Last Specter, and it says, “Its eerie tone enchants all who hear it, causing forgetfulness and confusion.” The yellow one is called Fairy’s Breath, and that name I think is a reference to the fairy ocarina, and it says, “The joyful sounds of this ocarina can refresh even the most tired wanderers.” And lastly the red one is called Goblin’s Bellow, and this one actually matches the description saying, “The roaring blast of this ocarina invokes feelings of rage and power.” Someone please clarify this for me.

  • zombie_eat_flesh

    Didn’t I post a comment about this in the last Zelda-related DYKG, along with this?

  • baileygirl99

    Those colors are kinda wrong, but it’s cool that there was a Zelda Easter egg somewhere

  • Landini

    Has anyone else noticed the similarities between miracle mask and majora’s mask? A town with a festival going on, all of the sudden a mysterious villain with a magical mask apears on the top of a tower. There may be more, but I haven’t yet played the game.