Zelda Dungeon Marathon 2019:

The Zelda series has been full of rumors, myths, and everything in-between. To this day, people are still combing through the entire franchise, hoping to find something that no one else has. While nowadays Zelda speedrunners are leading that charge, back in the day everyone was trying to find anything just to one-up all their gaming pals. One of the most infamous of these rumors comes to us from what many consider to be the greatest video game of all-time.

Slope’s Game Room is a channel where Daniel Ibbertson provides history-based, documentary-style videos about video games. In the one we’re looking at today, Daniel provides a retrospective look at the Hidden Triforce Hoax from Ocarina of Time. For those who don’t remember (or have no idea), this rumor saw a fan claim to have found the complete Triforce hidden in the game.

The Zelda fan, Ariana Almandoz, claimed to HTLOZ.net that she had discovered the mystical triangle somewhere in Ocarina of Time. A short while later, she sent a picture to the Zelda site showing Young Link (with Navi in tow) gazing at the powerful artifact in person. The image even has what appears to be Rauru, the Sage of Light, standing right next to it. More images would eventually follow.

Almandoz finally revealed the steps on how to find the Triforce (which you can read an excerpt of here), but it was too little, too late. After enough evidence was released to debunk those pictures, Ariana eventually came out and admitted it was all a fake. Regardless of why she did what she did, the Hidden Triforce Hoax is still considered one of the biggest trolls in Zelda history.

What do you think of this hoax? For those who were there when this rumor first appeared, did you every try to find the Triforce yourself? Let us know in the comments below.

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