Zelda week is coming to sad but inevitable end, and no – we haven’t forgotten about the Rumor Mill (despite popular opinion)! This week we’re going to take you through some of the best rumors around the Legend of Zelda series of all time!
Any massive video game series will attract all kinds of rumors, none moreso than Zelda. The epic nature of the games keep players wondering if indeed every thing in the titles have been discovered, and our mere mortal brains only begin to dream up what will come next in the series.
So without further adieu, here are the best Zelda rumors of all time!
The Rumor: It is possible to obtain the complete Triforce in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The rumor stipulates many, many different methods (each more confusing than the last).
Where it Came From: Due to the sheer size of Ocarina of Time, players were never shocked to find out they missed something – the Giant’s Knife, the hole in the middle of Kakariko Village, using a bomb on the Gossip Stones and so on. The fact that the Triforce appeared on the pause screen in the middle of the Emblem screen didn’t help quell rumors, either.
Nintendo kept saying that the Triforce is not obtainable at all, and that the image is just “decoration” – but then a video was leaked from Nintendo containing extremely early footage of the game. In that footage, an Adult Link opens a chest and reveals the Triforce.
Then, the then primitive internet was flooded with methods to obtain the item. Some talked of a “Sky Temple” hidden in the game, other’s required you to never obtain the Ocarina of Time and complete the game (which is impossible).
Fact or Fiction? Big fat fiction. Sadly, there’s no way to obtain the Triforce without hacking the game and programming the item in yourself.
Or is there…?
The Rumor: Nintendo plan to release a Zelda title on Wii that is set in the future. Swords will be replaced with guns, Epona is now a brand of motorbike and Ganondorf is CEO of a technology company.
Where it Came From: Now defunct website WiiTV posted a video on their site as an “exclusive announcement”, showing some fan-made graphics and Final Fantasy concept artwork.
Fact or Fiction? This one was outed as an April Fools Day joke, but that didn’t stop fans believing. There are still some who are expecting a futuristic Zelda game developed, and Spirit Tracks didn’t help. I wouldn’t suggest holding your breath though!
The Rumor: Nintendo will release a live action commercial/trailer/prologue starring Zelda Williams as Princess Zelda to promote The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
Where it Came From: Back in May, Zelda Williams was posting about a “two part secret shooting session for Nintendo”, complete with a handful of behind-the-scenes photos on Twitter.
Fact or Fiction?It was likely fiction – since Nintendo recently unveiled the Robin/Zelda Williams TV commercial. Although, Nintendo previously produced a live-action trailer for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker which was somewhat popular, so the rumor lives on!
The Rumor: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will feature a musical instrument, similar to the Ocarina of Time in the game of the same name. While it probably wont involve time travel, it will have similar applications to the Ocarina.
Where it Came From: This one actually came from series producer Eiji Aonuma. He told Japanese magazine Famitsu that an instrument will appear in Skyward Sword, and that we should “keep our ears pricked”.
Fact or Fiction? Well, obviously fact – but the instrument has not yet been revealed! So, it’s time to speculate. Considering the title uses the Wii Motion Plus controller, we can safely assume the instrument will require motion – perhaps the violin?
The Rumor The Legend of Zelda series promotes Nazi ideals as it displays the swastika in various games.
Where it Came From: The swastika does indeed appear in various Legend of Zelda games. The two below are examples from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and the original 1986 NES game, The Legend of Zelda.
Fact or Fiction? Yes, those symbols are there and no they do not have anything to do with Nazi Germany.
Without getting into a history lesson, the swastika has been used as a religious/cultural symbol for thousands of years in several Asian countries. The symbols above are actually called “Manji” in Japan, and symbolise peace and love. At the turn of the century, American pilots would wear the symbol as a good luck charm. In fact, the symbol was so widely used all over the world that the Nazi party decided to adopt it as their official symbol as it would be easily identifiable to people.
A short but sweet Zelda edition of the Rumor Mill this week – have you come across some other nuggets? Let us know in the comments below!