Skyward Sword is already famous for the vast number of references to other Legend of Zelda games that the developers included in celebration of the series’ 25th anniversary. New Skyward Sword players will encounter the first reference as soon as they journey outside the Skyloft Knight Academy, which just so happens to be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. From that point on, the game is full of subtle, and some not-so-subtle, references that make long-time fans chuckle and that new fans never notice.
I’m particularly fond of the multiple references to the classic quote “it’s a secret to everybody” and references to entrances of both Catfish’s Maw and Angler’s Tunnel (two of the dungeons from Link’s Awakening).
While I am grateful that the developers of Skyward Sword included so many references to the previous Legend of Zelda games, I cannot help but notice that some famous pieces of Legend of Zelda history were left out.
“Let’s play money making game!”… and other classic quotes.
Do you have a favorite Legend of Zelda quote? Was it included in Skyward Sword? The answer is probably no. Aside from a couple of references to it being “too dangerous” and the previously mentioned “secret to everybody” quotes, Skyward Sword does not quote famous lines from Legend of Zelda games.
Some of the most famous quotes come from The Legend of Zelda. The old men and women, and even a Goriya, in The Legend of Zelda are well known for their simple hints and statements. Some statements like “aim at the eyes of Gohma” would be difficult to use in a subtle way, but other statements like “buy somethin’ will ya” and “let’s play money-making game” would come much more naturally. Skyward Sword includes multiple “money-making games” and a large bazaar. It would have been simple to include one of the classic phrases in the conversation.
The Legend of Zelda isn’t the only Legend of Zelda game with noteworthy quotes. Do any old fans remember, “Take it, thief”? How about, “Please sell me something…please with C”? The Adventure of Link is the origin of one of the best known: “I AM ERROR.”
The Legend of Zelda series is full of countless noteworthy quotes, and it’s unfortunate that Skyward Sword didn’t include a few more of them. Of course, some quotes such as “Dodongo dislikes smoke” would be very out of place because there are no Dodongo in Skyward Sword, and that brings us to the next set of missing references.
Classic Legend of Zelda enemies are M.I.A.
I could write a whole article about the small number of enemy designs used in Skyward Sword, but more than anything I am surprised that so few classic enemies were included. I am referring specifically to enemies that have been a part of the Legend of Zelda series since the beginning. I’m glad that well-known enemies from Ocarina of Time like lizalfos and Deku baba were included in Skyward Sword, but I expected to see more classic enemies in the game released as the centerpiece of the 25th anniversary celebration.
In particular, I expected to see wizzrobe, like-likes, and darknuts. All three have been included in 3D Legend of Zelda games in the past, and all three would have been easily adapted for the new sword controls. Wizzrobe seem like the perfect target for a shield bash, and while like-likes have traditionally stolen your shield they could instead temporarily steal your sword and force players to think before they strike. Oh, and seriously… how did they release a Legend of Zelda game that highlights sword control and not include darknuts?
I would have also loved to see ropes and pols voice included in Skyward Sword, but neither enemy has ever appeared in a 3D Legend of Zelda game. They just happen to be some of my favorites.
What references were you hoping to see?
I chose to highlight two areas I felt needed a lot of work in Skyward Sword, but there are tons of other popular pieces of Legend of Zelda history that are missing. Before I began writing, I thought of several missing references and asked some the Zelda Universe staff for their input as well. Many of those references fell into the “missing quotes” category, but I have put together a short list of other noteworthy references that were not included in Skyward Sword.
- There are no Cuccos in Skyward Sword, so you cannot be attacked by a swarm of them.
- The Lost Woods, or a similar forest where you become lost in a maze, was not included.
- Great Fairies and other speaking fairies (like Navi and Tatl) do not exist in Skyward Sword.
- Masks are never worn or mentioned.
What references did you want to see in Skyward Sword? Let us know in the comments!