We’re still discovering the many unravelled secrets and wonders within the mighty Zelda tome, Hyrule Historia. Did You Know Gaming found one such interesting tidbit that I had not yet come across.
In the planning documents for Link’s Awakening, the book shows two characters resembling what appears to be two Links. They are fighting what looks like a boss, and working together in order to defeat it. There is also a note next to the image that reads: “what’re we gonna do about 1P mode?”.
This suggests that the game was originally going to be multiplayer, and it’s possible that these early concepts may have sparked the inspiration for the later Four Swords titles. I was initially pretty disappointed to see that the amazing Link’s Awakening was only given one page (with Twilight Princess receiving a dedicated 32 pages), but even this small space manages to provide some interesting development insight like this. If you have the book, see for yourself on page 144!