One of the most exemplary couplings of video game history almost never happened according to the recent revealing of scans from Nintendo’s 1993/1994 Character Reference Guide. These images were shown to IGN recently by Console Wars author Blake J. Harris and were taken from A Link to the Past. 

Each image includes a tidbit of trivia about the characters with some intriguing details. Under Link’s image, it states that he comes from a family of telepaths – a piece of gaming knowledge previously unknown about our protagonist. However, it was not telepathy but poor lighting and an arachnid that almost brought about Princess Zelda’s demise. Her description reads:

Each Princess of the House of Hyrule was a heroine in her own right. At sixteen years of age, Zelda the First defied Agahnim when he usurped power from the King. Legend has it that she survived a cruel imprisonment and was rescued by Link. The truth, however, is that she had been on the verge of escaping on her own when Link burst into the chamber and nearly slew her on the spot on account of the poor lighting and an enormous spider that had sat down beside her.

she had been on the verge of escaping on her own when Link burst into the chamber nearly slew her on the spot

Had this event occurred, it would have tragically altered the circumstances of Link and Zelda’s love. We all know that the lineage of The Legend of Zelda games is certainly a labyrinth, so who is to say this did not occur in a side story that we have yet to see played out on our consoles.

  • B-rad

    lol this is the funniest thing ive read today

  • Considering the time of this factoid (1993/1994) and the fact that it references “Agahnim,” it’s most likely referring to A Link to the Past. The cruel imprisonment and telepathy are also consistent with A Link to the Past, as Zelda and the sage Sahasrahla both talk to Link via telepathy at certain points in the game.

    • Ryan Haney

      And it says Zelda the First. ALTTP Zelda wasn’t the first.

      • At that point in time the only games were Zelda 1 and 2 with ALTTP intended as a prequel. This would make the “first” Zelda at this time to be the one from ALTTP. “Zelda the First” is the Zelda from Zelda 2, but she was put to sleep for a thousand years first, and it’s very possible that she was supposed to be the same Zelda as in ALTTP. And the wording lines up too nicely (“Agahnim” isn’t in any other game, for example).

  • Vladislak

    This should really be taken with a grain of salt though, it was produced at a time where the translators of Zelda material took huge liberties with the content and modified things to add their own details to the stories.

    The most infamous of these examples probably being the ALttP manual which added tons of baloney and modified the original intent of the Japanese writers. Seriously, look up a translation of ALttP’s manual on google and compare with NoA’s version. Sometimes it flat out contradicts the original.

  • Like Vladislak said, this should be taken with a grain of salt. It sounds like fanfiction, actually. Also, it should be noted that Link and Zelda were not in love in ALttP so calling them a “couple” is a stretch.

    • JaidynReiman

      The only games that really hint at Link and Zelda being in love are Skyward Sword and Adventure of Link, although its arguable if Link and Zelda have a relationship in other games. They are childhood friends in two games, but in most games they only meet during the course of the game.

      • heroofmasks

        spirit tracks also showed signs of love at the end

        • JaidynReiman

          Sorry I don’t know much about that one. 😛

  • Driller

    Wow. Who wrote that garbage?

  • veeronic

    really don’t think this is real because there is absolutely no purpose of it.

  • Talmor

    Smells like a one-shot alternative meeting between Link and Zelda in LttP.