A Complete History of Zelda Rumors – Did You Know Gaming? Feat. Remix (Part 1)

Did you know? Although some of the earliest rumors about
Zelda games have been lost to time, a handful have been documented in physical and online
media. One prominent rumor about the first Zelda
claimed that it had a “third quest”. If the player beats The Legend of Zelda – or
names their character Zelda on the first playthrough – they
ll be able to play a slightly altered version of the game known as the second quest. The rumor alleges that if the second quest
is beat, a third quest will be unlocked. This claim was even taken at face value by
Nintendo s official magazine in Sweden, known as the
Nintendo VideospelKlubb. In the sixth issue of the magazine for January
1989, there’s a segment that reads “Have you heard that there’s a third quest?! Yes, there is. After clearing the second quest, you are returned
to the beginning where everything looks the same, but after a while you will notice that
things are no longer the same as they were in the second quest. What are you waiting for? Go ahead and explore quest number 3.” However, this rumor was entirely fake, and
no third quest exists in the game. There was eventually a third quest of sorts
released in the form of BS The Legend of Zelda for the Super Famicom’s Satellaview add-on,
but this wasn’t until 1995. Another prominent rumor stated that it was
somehow possible to equip Link with a “Santa suit”, though some rumors reported this as
a set of pajamas. This claim likely originated from one of Link’s
hit frames. When Link takes damage, he flashes a various
range of colors, including white and red, which is very reminiscent of Saint Nick. As you might expect, it isn’t possible to
unlock this Santa-esque color scheme in the game without the aid of cheats or hacking. Another rumor from the time alleged that you
could beat the title entirely without using the sword. This claim persists to this day, possibly
due to the Zelda “Swordless” speedrunning category. However, even these runs use the sword at
least once. It’s only possible to make it as far as the
fight against Ganon without the sword, as the player needs a sword to defeat Ganon. Another often cited rumor is that players
could, by whatever means, acquire a gun in the game. There have been several variations on this
story, such as acquiring a gun from the old man at the start of the game, to performing
an elaborate set of tasks to possess one. Although Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link wasn’t
as popular as the first Legend of Zelda, it still had its rumors. One rumor alleged that Nintendo was limiting
the amount of new games they sent to stores in North America in 1988. This was apparently so that demand exceeded
supply, creating buzz. This would also force customers who wanted
Nintendo games at Christmas to buy older titles, clearing out Nintendo’s unsold stock. This rumor stems from Zelda 2 being originally
planned for release in February 1988. The title was teased many times throughout
the year in Nintendo Power — then called Nintendo Fun Club News — but the title was
ultimately pushed back to October. In one issue of Nintendo Power, it was stated
that the delay was due to a shortage of computer chips needed to manufacture cartridges. This was suspicious in the eyes of the public,
as the chip shortage Nintendo mentioned only seemed to affect Zelda 2 and Super Mario Bros
2. This led to people assuming Nintendo were
lying about the chip shortage, and were creating artificial demand for their products. However, this rumor doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. While it may be true that Nintendo underestimated
the demand for their games in 1988, the chip shortage for this moment in time is well documented. On top of this, it’s estimated that Nintendo
sold 33 million cartridges that year, but could have sold 45 million carts if they fulfilled
the existing demand. It seems unlikely that Nintendo would willingly
lose 12 million units in sales to create buzz for a few games. For The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past,
there were rumors about a special set of Yellow clothes for Link. To unlock the rare mail, players would have
to enter the Dark World, then get the magic hammer at the Palace of Darkness and immediately
leave. They’d then have to beat the Swamp Palace,
Thieves’ Town, Skull Woods, and Misery Mire in that order, then return to the Palace of
Darkness and complete it. Then if the player went to the Ice Palace
and opened the large chest, they’d have a set of yellow clothes instead of blue ones. This rumor was clearly false, and could be
disproved simply by completing the proposed steps and finding the standard blue mail. Surprisingly, the claim was featured on several
prominent cheat websites throughout the late 90s and 2000s such as CheatingPlanet, but
most sites have since deleted the rumor. Just as a quick aside: we won’t be talking
about the Chris Houlihan Room, or any similar secrets in Zelda games. The existence of the room was publically announced
in a contest where the winner would get a secret room named after them in a future Nintendo
game. Although there was some speculation over how
to find the room, we don’t feel that we can class the situation as a rumor. This is because the room’s existence was clearly
communicated by Nintendo in advance, and was implemented as described – a secret room. To make sure our rumor videos are consistent,
we need to define what a rumor is, and we believe a rumor needs to either have a questionable
point of origin, or questionable authenticity from its inception. Whether or not the Houlihan room existed has
neither. Again, it was also included as described. Being the first portable Zelda title didn’t
stop Link’s Awakening from getting its share of rumors. The final dungeon of the game takes place
in the Wind Fish’s Egg, which starts with an empty room leading into a second room with
a pit-fall. This second area is almost entirely floor-less,
but there is a ledge on the other side of the room beside a doorway. The ledge is, unfortunately, inaccessible. But this didn’t stop fans from speculating
what could lie beyond it. Some believed that the room led to the true
Final Boss, and some thought the door led to a secret ninth instrument, or even another
dungeon. However, the room leads to nothing. Another rumor about Link’s Awakening stated
that a topless mermaid was hidden in the game. This claim surprisingly has some truth to
it, and may have stemmed from players who imported the Japanese version of Link’s Awakening. Although the mermaid Martha is in all versions
of the title, the Japanese game has a more lewd tone. In the English game, Martha emerges from the
water after Link has brought her a lost necklace. In the Japanese version, Martha emerges after
Link brings her a bra. The implication in the Japanese game is that
Martha wouldn’t come out of the water until she was able to cover herself up, implying
she was naked. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was an
ambitious game for its time, and the title’s popularity and depth made it an ideal target
for rumor-mongers. Rumors about the game usually stemmed from
a misunderstanding or hoax, and were easily debunked. One prominent rumor involved The Running Man,
who appears frequently running around Hyrule Field. The player can race The Running Man with the
goal of beating a certain time, but it’s impossible to actually beat him to the finish line. After Ocarina of Time’s release, rumors began
spreading that it was possible to beat The Running Man. These claims persisted for over a decade,
culminating with a 2009 video by YouTube user RustySporks, which showed them winning the
race. RustySporks claimed to have started a race,
then traveled back in time by 7 years, then waited for 7 years in-game. Since Ocarina of Time’s days are 4 minutes
long, the player would have to wait about 7.1 days in real life. After waiting for 7 years, The Running Man
would finally meet Link on the bridge in defeat. This, however, was fake. Players have tried all kinds of tactics to
beat The Running Man, such as hacking the game to speed up Link. However, the game is programmed so that The
Running Man will always beat the player by at least one second. There’s also no dialogue in the game’s ROM
in the event of a player beating him. Another rumor which emerged shortly after
the title’s release claimed the game had a hidden cheat code that made everyone at the
Lon Lon Ranch naked. Allegedly, game translator Dan Owsen claimed
there was a secret code in the game that would cause Malon, Talon, and Ingo to become naked. Fans asked Owsen to publish the code after
this rumor was posted on the fan-site Closet of Hyrule, but Owsen denied the code’s existence,
and also denied that he’d ever mentioned such a code before. Several other sites claimed the secret could
be unlocked without a code, as long as the player followed a long list of sixty-six steps. The steps ask the player to do seemingly meaningless
tasks all over Hyrule, and almost comes off as comical. In 1999, the admin of Closet of Hyrule admitted
they’d created the rumor themselves, and asked Zelda fans to stop messaging Dan Owsen for
the code. Some players also posted about their encounters
with a mysterious pig-like enemy, nicknamed “El Puerco,” which allegedly had a small chance
of appearing during the race with Dampe in the graveyard. This rumor was dismissed by most of the Zelda
community, but it’s been hypothesized that the creature could have been a glitched ReDead
enemy. The more likely explanation is that El Puerco
is a complete fabrication, as no evidence of such a creature was ever supplied. Yet another absurd rumor stated that players
could somehow obtain an M16 in Kakariko village. One version of this claim alleged that using
using a bomb or the hammer in a specific location in Kakariko after beating the Water Temple
would unlock the weapon. Other rumors were at least partially grounded
in reality. After Ocarina of Time hit store shelves, fans
looked back at how the game was covered in the media and noticed several places and features
there were absent from the final game. As you might expect, this led to a large amount
of speculation and rumors. One area that was planned to appear the 64DD
expansion was nicknamed the “Unicorn Fountain” by fans. It was said to still be in the game, and could
be reached by going through a mysterious tunnel located under the ice in Zora’s Domain. Early screenshots from the game also show
link performing a Sword Beam attack, where the player can fire a beam out of their sword
if they’re at full health. Since both the Sword Beam and Unicorn area
had been seemingly removed or hidden, fans speculated that the Beam could be unlocked
at the Unicorn Fountain. Some players also speculated that melting
the ice at Zora’s Domain as adult Link would grant access to the tunnel that led to the
Unicorn Fountain. A widely repeated method of doing this involved
entering the Great Deku Tree as Adult Link and finding a hammer that could shatter the
ice. This can’t be done in normal gameplay however,
and hacking the game to do so reveals that nothing is different if the player visits
the Deku Tree as Adult Link. This fact became irrelevant when some players
found a way to glitch themselves under the ice in Zora’s Domain, and found nothing. Easily the most prominent rumor for Ocarina
of Time stated that the Triforce could be collected as a physical item in the game. This rumor likely stemmed from early screenshots
and video which seemed to show Link obtaining the Triforce. The final game also shows an imprint of the
Triforce in the title’s menu, which is significant, as these outlines usually mean an item can
be collected. Several possible methods of finding the Triforce
were passed around, including throwing a bomb into the center of the lava pool outside of
Ganon’s Castle, destroying all the Gossip Stones found in the game, and completing the
title one-hundred percent without taking any damage. Some gamers even believed the Triforce could
be found at the Unicorn Fountain. Several of these tales also claimed that Dark
Link would appear in Link’s home part way through trying to obtain the Triforce. The Triforce rumor was given some credibility
in 1999 by a series of screenshots posted on the fansite Hyrule: The Land of Zelda. The screenshots were sent to the site’s owner
by a person claiming to be a 17-year-old Colombian woman named Ariana Almandoz. The images appeared to show Link obtaining
the Triforce in a previously unseen area of the game, which was supposedly in the Temple
of Light. Ariana claimed this was possible by using
the song “Overture of Sages”, which was apparently taught to the player by Kaepora Gaebora before
young Link pulls out the Master Sword, and would warp the player to the light temple. However, close analysis turned up several
inconsistencies in the screenshots, such as Link’s sword hanging on the wrong shoulder
in one picture. The creator ultimately admitted the entire
story was an elaborate hoax. Data mining of Ocarina has also become fairly
comprehensive in recent years, and no evidence has been found to support that the Triforce
can be collected, or that the Sword Beam or Unicorn Fountain are in the final game. Although Ocarina of Time had a fair amount
of dungeons, rumors of even more dungeons popped up several times after the game’s release. Tales of a secret hidden dungeon started spreading
shortly after the title’s release. Players discovered that playing the “Song
of Storms” in one spot of the Haunted Wastelands made lightning flash, which uncovered a distant
pyramid-like structure. Sandstorms usually stop the user from pursuing
it past the area’s boundary, but cheating makes reaching it possible. Approaching the pyramid will reveal that there’s
no concealed dungeon, and the supposed pyramid is just a rock. A rumored second secret dungeon was often
discussed by Zelda fans, known as the Sky Temple. No actual evidence, real or fabricated, sparked
speculation of the dungeon’s existence. The Sky Temple was rumored to exist because
every Sage in the game has a respective temple that the player gets to explore, all except
for the Sage of Light, Rauru. Because there was no dungeon attached to Rauru
in the main story, players assumed there had to be a secret dungeon somewhere in the game. As the rumor wasn’t based in reality, the
supposed ways to reach the Sky Temple were often outlandish. Some rumors stated that players needed to
kill several hundred Stalchildren after freezing the day and night cycle with cheats, which
would summon a gigantic skeleton monster. Killing this giant apparently opened a portal
to the Sky Temple. Another rumor alleged that a cow in Death
Mountain would fly Link to the temple after beating the game. The previous mentioned YouTube user RustySporks
also made a video that only exacerbated the spread of the rumor. In the video, Link is shown under the ice
at Zora’s Domain where he walks into a tunnel which takes him to the supposed remnants of
the Sky Temple. As you might expect, this video was fake,
and no evidence of any such dungeon has been found to exist in the game’s data. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask may not
have been as popular as Ocarina when it launched, but it still attracted the rumor mill. Although many masks can be worn in Majora’s
Mask, the titular mask itself is never worn by the player in the game. This led to several rumors popping up that
claimed it was possible to get Majora’s Mask as a wearable mask. One rumor stated that if the player beat Majora
ten times in a row without losing a single time, and without getting the Fierce Deity
mask, a Moon Child would give Link Majora’s Mask instead of the Fierce Deity mask. As you might expect, there is no evidence
to back up this claim, even 19 years after the game’s release. At the start of Majora’s Mask, the player
passes an unusual, twisted tree that resembles a Deku. Later on in the game, the Happy Mask Salesman
teaches the Song of Healing to the player, which helps beings heal in various ways. Players eventually meet the Deku Butler at
the Deku Palace, who later gives them the Mask of Scents, and reminisces about his son. As the game’s credits play, the Deku Butler
is seen mourning beside the twisted tree, implying the dead tree was his son. This spawned rumors that the son could be
restored as a living Deku somehow. The methods of restoration often revolved
around the Song of Healing, but they were often debunked immediately. This is because the path back to the twisted
tree is blocked off after the player reaches Clocktown. Despite this, it is possible to glitch back
to the area or use cheat codes to go back. Unfortunately, none of the rumors gave an
accurate means to revive the Deku Butler’s son. Not all rumors about the game have a dark
tone, however. If players go to the Astral observatory, they
might notice a caged cucco near the telescope. Some players claimed that it was possible
to free the cucco through various means. One method was to shoot an arrow directly
at the chicken, which would hit middle of the cage, then to shoot a fire arrow, an ice
arrow and then a light arrow right at the cage. This would supposedly let the chicken loose. Due to the growing prevalence of the internet
in the early 2000s, information on the development of video games was becoming much more sought
after, and their production was documented more thoroughly. Unfortunately, this desire for information
led to rampant rumors. After The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
was first shown at Nintendo’s SpaceWorld event in 2001, fans began speculating on why the
game’s visuals were so different to the tech demo shown in 2000. There was a rumor that Nintendo changed the
art style because the tech demo looked too mature. Some people even circulated a fake interview
with Shigeru Miyamoto. In the fake interview, Miyamoto allegedly
claimed that the original direction was realistic and may have been too violent, which could
scare away small children. Some fans claimed that the then-unnamed game’s
visuals were quote “simple” because it was a full-on remake of the original Legend of
Zelda. The animations in the Wind Waker’s reveal
were very smooth, and fans took notice. This even led to a rumor claiming the smooth
animation was due to some sort of procedural code that was linked to players having one-to-one
control over Link’s sword with the analogue stick, similar to the Ape Escape games. A second GameCube Zelda was rumored to be
in development in 2002 by the same source that claimed Link would have one-to-one swordplay. Needless to say, the images provided were
laughably fake. Another rumor around this time claimed that
Wind Waker’s story would involve Link traveling to the “underworld” to save Princess Zelda. Other rumors said the story would take place
before all other Zelda games, and that every character would be voice acted thanks to the
GameCube having far more storage than the N64. Some claimed that you’d be able to play as
other characters such as Ganon and Zelda, and there would be a two-player cooperative
mode in the game. And of course, people claimed you’d be able
to obtain the triforce. These last two rumors had some truth to them,
as a kind of two-player gameplay was possible with the Tingle Tuner, and Link obtains a
third of the Triforce in the game. Before Wind Waker released, there were rumblings
that Ocarina of Time would be coming to GameCube. Further rumors elaborated on this, claiming
a three-disc collection would be coming out containing a director’s cut of Ocarina of
Time with unreleased dungeons from Master Quest. The rumors also claimed this version would
have graphical options that let players choose between updated or classic N64 graphics. This would also include a making of documentary,
a music collection, along with a cloth map of hyrule, pocket watch, art book, and a character
figurine. Although some aspects of this rumor never
came to be, a zelda collection did end up coming to the GameCube that included both
Ocarina of Time and its Master Quest version. Shortly after The Wind Waker launched, the
fan website Hylia.com reported that the game had been issued a recall. This was apparently because Nintendo hadn’t
properly submitted the title’s content to the Entertainment Software Rating Board, and
had to resubmit the game to acquire a new rating. However, this turned out to be an April Fools
joke on behalf of the site’s webmaster. Join us next week for Zelda Rumors part two. If you aren’t subscribed, make sure you do
to catch our future videos. And if you’re looking for more trivia, check
out our videos on Mario and Super Smash Bros rumors.

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