Timeshift Thursday – The Hidden Village

TimothyFebruary 7th, 2013 by Timothy

Hello fellow Zelda Dungeoners! Welcome to an all-new weekly feature I will be starting today called Timeshift Thursday in which I’d like to share in detail some of my favorite Legend of Zelda exploration areas from past titles in the series. For my first feature, I would like to take you back to an area from my fave Zelda title, Twilight Princess, where Nintendo, for the first time, greatly emphasized a wild western theme into its number one action-adventure series. Everything from the featured battle with the enemy to the stunning music portrays a western theme. Yes, I’m talking about the Hidden Village which is explored near the end of Twilight Princess.

The Hidden Village has plenty to reference from Zelda titles situated earlier in the timeline, especially concerning a certain NPC who Link meets in the rundown ghost town infested by Bulblins. As we will see, a particular tribe used the Hidden Village for significant importance as this actual village resembles a familiar setting from an earlier game and we will learn more about the mysterious character who manages to resist the enemy residing in the area.

Are you interested in learning about the Hidden Village in greater detail? If so, then join me in striking a timeshift stone and returning to the past as we take a look at this secluded area from Nintendo’s masterpiece in Twilight Princess!


The Hidden Village is unique in that it’s solely based as if Link was entering a ghost town abandoned by cowboy inhabitants due to enemy infestation. The introduction for the area in Twilight Princess is brilliant as it details Link’s goal in needing to reach the door of a certain residence on the other side of the village with twenty Bulblins standing in his way. Nintendo created this scene remarkably well because as you’re fighting the Bulblins it reminisces scenes from particular Western movies. The difference here, though, is that both sides are shooting arrows instead of bullets. You can notice as you enter the village that the whole area has been rummaged and ransacked because of the Bulblins fight against the tribe that happened to live here before. The village seems to have played great importance in the past. We know this, because the sign at the entrance of the Hidden Village reads as “Welcome to Old Kakarico”. Kakariko Village featured in Ocarina of Time as an ancient Sheikah residence so the Hidden Village could be one and the same and, over time, had just been obliterated by evil’s dark power.

After making mince meat out of all the Bulblins, Link meets up with an old woman named Impaz. Her name sounds quite similar to another star of the Zelda series, right? In Ocarina of Time, a member of a special tribe called the Sheikah resided in a town below Death Mountain known as Kakariko Village. Her name was Impa and she was in charge of taking care of the royal family in Hyrule Castle. Are these two women related in some way or could they actually be the same individual? Well, as usual, Nintendo leaves room for speculation as the only code we can decipher comes from Impaz as she states that her name originates from the founder of the village. Most fans agree that this is not the same Impa from Ocarina of Time because Impa from Ocarina of Time did not found Kakariko Village. Another thought is that she could be a close relative such as a daughter or niece. Whether she happens to be the last remaining Sheikah in that particular time of Hyrule’s history is also up for speculation.


As you’re exploring the area you may notice several posters pinned around which show the word “Wanted” in the Hyrulean text and feature an unknown man with a mustache and goatee. Who could this be? He must have been a really important figure as the asking price for him is one quadrillion rupees! Some theories indicate he was a Sheikah who rebelled against his tribe killing many civilians and going into hiding to escape persecution. Others delve deeper into thinking that he was the Sheikah living in the house above the Kakariko well in Ocarina of Time because his dwelling place contained torture devices and dead bodies surrounded by maroon pools of blood.

One last thing to mention about the Hidden Village is its superb accompanying music composition! The stunning acoustic guitar delivers in allowing the whole Western theme to come alive as you hack your way to reaching the house of Impaz. The whistling is even better giving you reason to remember that you are currently exploring a ghost town. This is simply one of the greatest Zelda compositions to have been created by Koji Kondo!

Is exploring the Hidden Village one of your memorable Zelda moments? What are your thoughts on the theories about the Hidden Village, Impaz, and the man on the “Wanted” poster? Do you enjoy the music of the Hidden Village? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • Shade

    I like this article, but Impa did in fact found Kakariko Village in OoT. Rereading the sentence, its possible you may have accidentally put the word “not” in there, but just in case, thought I would say that Impa did found it.

    Anyways, I love the hidden village, but it has always confused me when people say TP was based on the wild west theme. I never thought this (never even considered this). I have always thought the Hidden Village was the only remotely western place in the whole game.

    That being said, I don’t really care for a western based game. I like the fantasy magical world Zelda provides, and a Western style might take away from that.

    • Mister

      What about a technological theme (Skyward Sword)? Or an old Japanese theme (Skyward Sword)? How about a bustling tourist town (Majora’s Mask)?… with aliens (Majora’s Mask)?

      There really isn’t anything that “makes” a fantasy setting other than being unrealistic. Final Fantasy began using advanced technology since their sixth game, yet it still keeps the series within a “fantasy” setting. So a wild west town run by moblins… I don’t know about you, but I that sounds unrealistic to me. And besides, I like new themes. Keeps things fresh.

      • Guy

        Yes, but some people dont want a new theme that takes over the whole game. That is one thing people (like myself) disliked about skyward sword

    • Timothy

      I forgot to mention that Impa did not found Kakariko Village in OoT because she says in the game that she was “born and raised there”.

      • Guy

        Yes, I think I remember that, but didn’t the villagers say that she founded it?

        • Ahalii

          they said she funded repairs or something

      • Lifeoflink

        Actually, Impa from OoT could technically have “founded” Kakariko Village in OoT because she was the one who opened it to the world. Before, no one was allowed in. So in a way, she founded it by letting people enter and its population grow.

    • firecrb

      The western style was great, but that’s why it wasn’t as popular in Japan then it was in the U.S..

  • …….

    You should have placed a video where Link kills them all like he was supposed to.

    • Timothy

      I thought I did… The video in the post shows an overview of what you do in the Hidden Village :)

      • ……..

        Well, there’s a way of sneaking behind them and finish them off without being spotted. For example, there is one on a balcony, you shoot him, then you shoot through the window into another one and kill off the spare inside.

        • Timothy

          Oh I see! I love the different tactics you could use to destroy all the Bulblins :D

          • …….

            This made me think that they should have added Assassin’s Creed-like stealth controls into the game.

  • JuicieJ

    I love this portion of the game. The epic Western shootout music and the option to go in stealthily or bows a blazin’ is just great. SO fun! ^.^

  • Zachary Morris

    The Hidden Village is one of my favorite locations / parts in the series. I never knew about the wanted poster so I’ll have to check that out.

  • ghirahimhunter

    Who would buy a Zelda game where Link is an Assassin? Basically, Zelda meets Assassin’s Creed. EPIC!!!!! (though in truth I’ve never even played an AC game)

  • Blakenator

    This was probably the most memorable part of the game for me (other than the ending). Loved this part!

  • RubyDragonCat

    “Others delve deeper into thinking that he was the Sheikah living in the house above the Kakariko well in Ocarina of Time because his dwelling place contained torture devices and dead bodies surrounded by maroon pools of blood.”
    Did I miss that? I dont remember anything like that in OoT…

    • Name

      Could be referring to the Shadow Temple.

      • RubyDragonCat

        Yes I remember that in the shadow temple…the shadow temple is not a dwelling place, and it’s not above the well either.

        • RaithTenjo

          What the Old Man is referring to is that there used to be a house where the well stood long before the events of OoT. The Bottom of the Well used to be the basement of the house, hence the presence of the torture devices. The only remaining evidence of the house’s existence is the Bottom of the Well, which was flooded by the Sheikah in the hopes of keeping the malevolent evil below trapped for eternity.

    • ………..

      An old man walking around reveals this to us. He also said the Lens of Truths were his, too.

  • Hey listen!

    If the sign in the hidden village says “old kakariko” and there’s already a kakariko village in this game, I think kakariko village(tp) is the same one as the one in oot. This would make more sense because both are at the base of death mountain. I don’t know about “old kakariko” though.

  • Christburner

    i remember the first time i came to this hidden village..i was playing by myself in the living room. i think roommates were in there room i cant remember. but as soon as i heard the whistle begin in the intro i had this shit cranked! favorite part of the game…hands down

  • Midna’s Sister

    Past. Hey, that quadrillion prize is MINE! Cause… Cause I found him! He’s my.. Uh… Uh… Invisible frenemy?

  • Ordona

    Once the music kicked in I fell in love with the hidden village. A stealth mission with the hero’s bow? It automatically became my favourite moment in the game. I felt so epic sniping clueless bulbins. Although looking for the cats caused a bit of rage. I’d never noticed these wanted posters you’re talking about though, I’ll definitely need to check it out.

  • S. Mario

    I loved the Hidden Village. Too bad we can only do it once. It was so much fun to go in and snipe the Bulblins. By the way, you said the song was composed by Koji Kondo, but he wasn’t the only composer for the game and there isn’t a way to tell which of the composers wrote the song. I think you should mention the other two composers, Asuka Ota and Toru Minegishi, especially since they have been working on the Zelda games since Majora’s Mask and The Wind Waker.

  • trippytriforce

    By far my favorite moment in any zelda game.

  • Fishman

    Well, small fry, I am pretty sure that Impa DID found Kakariko Village after driving the Gerudo out.

  • Hyrule’s Prophet

    “I am Error” Impa did found Kakariko Village in Ocarina of Time, I’m sure.

  • d0k

    I’m just playing OoT again rigth now and had to think of this article again. At the time u get to kakariko and it’s burning, after getting bullied around by the ghost from the well, shiek explizitly say, Impa founded Kakariko. I just saw it on the screen.

  • Ocarinist of Time

    Impa did NOT found Kakariko Village, unless you somehow intend to imply she did so at the age of a toddler. Impa grew up in the house adjacent from the path to the graveyard and the graveyard itself is of SHeikah origin because the Sheikah had lived in Kakariko Village before it was opened to the public. After the Hyrulian civil war Impa opened the village to anyone because the astounding Sheikah population of 1 didn’t really hold the manpower to rebuild. Kakariko existed for at least 30+ years before. But I also believe Impa could be credited as the founder in Twilight Princess with how misinformed the Hylians tend to be it’s more than easily possible that Impa could be the known founder of Kakariko because the only people who knew the village’s history would have died in a war. I’m sure Impaz is speaking of Impa as the founder but OoT does make it very clear she grew up there and it had a history before the Hyrulian Civil War.

  • Kravik

    This place is actually a part of the spin off game..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wICdRgyOM4s

    Never thought I say this. But it looks like I am actually going to play Crossbow training, after finishing TP for the second time.. (I now playing it on the mirrored Wii version.)