Romani Ranch Sign Mislabeled “Kakariko Village”

SetterwindDecember 28th, 2012 by Setterwind

In order to save some time in game programming, Nintendo will sometimes use graphics for more than one game. This was the case for the entrance sign to Romani Ranch in Majora’s Mask. It is the same entryway arch from Kakariko Village in Ocarina of Time. As a matter of fact, it has the same writing on it as the Ocarina of Time sign as well. Translated to Japanese, it says “Welcome To Kakariko Village”. Of course, someone who is not paying attention or does not know how to read Japanese or Hylian would not be able to tell as easily that it said the wrong place on it. Take the jump to see a picture of the Romani Ranch arch with the writing on it!

Imagine Link walking around in this strange new land trying to figure out his whereabouts. This sign would really throw him off. He would think he had found a familiar place only to see that it isn’t Kakariko Village at all but just some old farm reminiscent of Lon Lon Ranch. Do you think he would get lost or is Link too brave to let that get to him? What do you think would happen? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Official Nintendo Magazine

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  • Seis Siete

    So how about a screenshot from Ocarina of Time so I can compare the 2 side by side.

    • Linkfan99
      • Turtles!

        I compared it, but the bottom writing looks different….

        • Gabriel Gomez

          It’s the same thing just copied and pasted.

        • Lifeoflink

          The bottom sign is actually mirrored. Compare the symbols on either side of the bottom sign to see it.

        • caikki

          Yes, this side of the sign is mirrored, the oposite side is like in Majora’s Mask :D

      • Midnafan

        I think this whole article is about being lazy/ :P

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  • Dr_Stein

    I’d be pretty confused…

  • radioactivehylian

    Not trying to be mean or anything, but this is pretty old news… I think there have been a couple of news articles about this on ZD over the years. It’s still an interesting bit of trivia though :)

    • Brandikins11

      Get used to it. One time this year they even posted about that Wii with Zelda decorations on it, and that was created all the way back in 2007.

      • Midnafan

        seriously? o_o

        • Brandikins11

          Yes, even the website that it was linked to dated it back to 2007. It may be Zelda-related, but if it’s several years old, it shouldn’t be posted as news.

          • Midnafan

            well not necessarily. if you’re announcing it as new, then some more research needs to be done. but if there was some really cool art or something else a fan made a few years ago, sometimes its worth talking about and looking at again.

    • Andyjoe522

      I think it has something to do with how they bring in so many new writers over the years. They probably have trouble keeping track with what’s already been posted.

      • Midnafan

        I have trouble keeping track of what’s already been posted… I could probably go back and read every article I’ve already read and still find them interesting!

  • YeanoGames

    It’s actually not the sign from the beginning of Kakariko Village, but the sign when you’re entering the Kakariko Graveyard.

    I think the real question here is why the Graveyard has a sign saying, “Welcome to Kakariko Village.”

    • Medley13

      The were being lazy and decided that no one would really pay that close attention to a giant obvious sign.

      • Midnafan

        You have to admit, given the detail and graphics in the games were so mind-blowing at the time, I don’t think people really cared what the sign said, just that they were playing a game that had a 3d sign that looked like a sign and not a group of pixels. :)

      • Terry

        They had a year to make the game. They had to save time in any way that they could. It’s a little stupid to call them lazy. So they reused a sign, big deal.

        • Linkfan99

          NOPE, 2 years. 1998-2000.

          • Terry

            MM came out a 2 years after OOT but actual production time was just one year.

          • error

            You’ll have to excuse him. He thinks he knows everthing.

    • Midnafan

      Given the graveyards have always been a sort of focus in the Village, maybe it says a little about what really matters there. :)

  • MajorasMask9 <- Pic of the arch in Ocarina of Time's graveyard for comparison.

  • Peter Blake

    I’d probably look for Dampy and his creepy shack

    • Midnafan

      If I found him, I’d probably take his stupid shovel and beat him with it (explanation for his state in the future :P) I hated that freakin’ digging game…. :'(

  • Jam9t3

    Wow forget the sign, the field behind it looks so nice! It would be perfect in a HD or 3D remake!

    • Midnafan

      *cough**cough* dropping hints *cough**cough*

  • Tehlul

    Link wouldn’t react at all.
    Mr. Heros to young to read!

    • Midnafan

      since when do they have formal education in forest filled with children and a giant talking tree? :/

      • Ian Citi

        since a fistful of rupees

        • Midnafan

          i don’t call teaching a hick-version of navi formal education…

  • pizzaman

    That’s weird, for the second sign, it’s reversed.

  • Vaati101

    Interesting piece of trivia, but unfortunately this topic is quite old and probably familiar with alot of people.

    • Midnafan

      its not familiar with me. don’t forget, there are always new fans, and its definitely not the same old people on here all the time :)

      • Vaati101

        hense why I said ‘familiar to alot of people’

        • dickjohnson

          we got mister party pooper over here.

        • Midnafan

          you don’t necessarily know if the majority has seen it before though do you? if you have 20 people and 10 have never seen it before, wouldn’t it be worth sharing?

  • caikki

    Indeed the Hylian letters transliterates to ウェルカム カカリコレイン (we-ru-ka-mu ka-ka-ri-ko-re-i-n, Welcome (to) Kakariko “Lane”)
    Not sure if “Lane” was a mistake for “Graveyard” or if it were intented to be used for a lane…

  • Midnafan

    I’d say that’s more of a wtf-lift-eyebrow moment than anything. I’ve gotten the impression Hylian has become a learn-able language. Where would I look to learn that?

    • Nyx

      Just look up “Hylian Alphabet” on Google Images and you should find it!

  • N

    This isn’t really surprising. This game, whether Majora’s Mask’s most hardcore fan base will admit it or not, was rushed. Some argue against this point by bringing up the overall plot, but really that just supports my argument. The game uses an extremely simple overworld (and not because the developers just decided to flaunt their genius using simplicity) and is repetitive, save for the sidequests (and even this could be argued). The truth is that Nintendo was anxious to follow up on Ocarina of Time due to its overwhelming success. This is obvious. The game only took one year to develop. Yes, that was because they used the same engine, but that’s my point.

    • megamachopop

      Actually, the reason the game was made so fast was because, I don’t exactly remember who, possibly Miyamoto, wanted to make expansions for Ocarina of Time rather than make a new game at the moment, while the others wanted to move on. So he made them a deal: they make a new Zelda game within a year, and they’ll release it. And made it they did. Which is why the game uses so much of Ocarina of Time’s assets and feels somewhat rushed.

  • lulles

    I guess he’d be like “wtf” at first but then would figure it was just an odd coincidence. And then he’d get confused again when he learned that the ranch’s name was actually Romani Ranch.

  • lev

    …”sniff”… ive livin’ a lie.

  • Mike Sauer

    I can’t believe I never noticed this. Love that Majora’s Mask things are coming up when I’m currently playing through again. :p In fact I was about to go over here to go kill aliens.

  • Narishia98

    He would probably be confused, but Link is still too badass to be stumped by this. He’s had multiple lifetimes and reincarnations to perfect his wisdom, I think he’ll manage.

  • link 75214

    I guess when they were going to make the game they were going to have a similar kakariko village but decided not to so Nintendo put the similar Lon Lon Ranch.