8 Zelda Facts

Every big media project, be it a movie, a video game or a popular TV show, has its own mythology and a gold mine of rejected ideas, concept art and plot turns. Zelda franchise is no exception, after its 27 years of existence. Most of the gamers that love this series are younger than the series itself.

Hyrule Historia, Nintendo’s official Zelda encyclopedia, released some time ago, and for those of you who still haven’t secured a copy of it, Official Nintendo Magazine UK has 8 facts out of many regarding Zelda games that are sure to capture the interest of devoted fans.

1. Navi in Twilight Princess

Navi in Twilight Princess

If you look at the early designs of Ilia, you will notice that she had a tattoo similar in design to a fairy from Ocarina of Time or Majora’s Mask. It is suggested in annotations that it could be Navi, Link’s fairy partner in his time-travelling adventure in Ocarina of Time. Since Navi appears in Twilight Princess (though only as an icon and plays no part in the story), we can speculate that Ilia was originally intended to be an incarnation of Navi.

2. Alternate Character Designs

Alternate Character Designs

Concept art of Ocarina of Time shows character designs that didn’t make it to the game. Some of these are:

  • A more traditional-looking fairy, presumably an early version of Navi
  • Zoras that look more like the savage River Zoras, common enemies in the early Zelda games
  • A blue-haired woman whose clothing suggests she might be an early incarnation of Sheik

Also worth mentioning are:

Twilight Princess Link concept art

Twilight Princess Link Concept Art

Concept art for Twilight Princess Link suggest that maybe even a female was considered. Considering that Impaz was originally supposed to be a male, this seems possible.

Twilight Princess Midna concept art

Midna Concept Art

As for Midna, concept art suggests that she was originally supposed to look more demonic and intimidating. This design is very interesting.

3. The Legend of Zelda, a multiplayer game?

Zelda I Overworld

The first game was originally envisioned as a multiplayer game, in which a player would build dungeons and then have their friends trying to beat them. As the Famicom Disk System, the floppy disk add-on for the Famicom (the Japanese version of the NES), was more capable than the cartridge-based system we all know, it would have been very possible, as the dungeon data would be saved on the disk itself and could be rewritten at any time. After coming to a conclusion that exploring the dungeons is the most fun aspect of the game, the idea was shifted to this perspective and thus the Zelda franchise we all love came to be. Not a bad decision, if you ask me.

4. Tingle’s cobra design

Tingle's Cobra Design

If you look close enough, you will notice that tingle has a cobra design on the back of his clothing. It is apparently there to intimidate the enemies.

5. Fi and The Wind Waker fairy queen

Fi Artwork

Looking at Fi from Skyward Sword, a veteran Zelda fan is sure to notice the resemblance between her and the fairy queen from The Wind Waker. This is not a coincidence, as of all the designs, this one influenced by the fairy queen was the one that was favored by the team behind Skyward Sword.

6. Sci-Fi Zelda

A Link to the Past Sci-Fi Zelda Concept

Looking at the concept art for A Link to the Past, one can notice the somewhat futuristic costumes that were planned for Princess Zelda that made her look more like a Final Fantasy character. As we all know, this didn’t make it to the game.

7. The Power Of The Subconscious

The Wind Wish

On his return trip from Holodrum and Labrynna, Link shipwrecked on a mysterious island. In time he learned that the island and everyone on it is a physical manifestation of the Wind Fish’s dream. It is suggested that Marin and Tarin are manifestations of Link’s subconscious and his memories of Malon and Talon whom he met in Holodrum.

8. Descendants

The Deku Tree

In The Wind Waker three guardians of the pearls of the goddesses are all very obviously linked to the characters from Ocarina of Time. The Deku Tree is without a doubt a descendant of the Great Deku Tree and could very possibly be the grown-up Deku Tree sprout, although there is no reference to the latter. Jabun is the descendant of Jabu-Jabu. Most interesting of the three is Valoo, who is said to be the descendant of the evil Volvagia, whom Link defeated in Ocarina of Time and thus saved the Goron tribe.

These are only eight out of hundreds of facts of the beloved franchise you will find in Hyrule Historia. So, don’t you think it’s worth getting your copy of the Zelda bible?

Source: Official Nintendo Magazine UK (Special thanks to Eternal Legend for the header image!)
  • Kira

    None of these are anything new.

    • No one said they were. There would have to be a new Zelda game for there to be any "new" facts.

      But why does it matter? There are many readers that would have never heard of at least one of these facts and can appreciate them.

    • Mahboi

      That's great.

      What's also great is that these are genuinely interesting even if they're nothing new.

  • Destiny

    Dude, there's a whole page of Midna designs and they are all so wacky! It must have been hard of thinking up the final product.

    • Keimori

      I kinda enjoy the sassy looking african one with the white dreads myself.

  • guest

    I personally like that Midna design A LOT more 😉

  • CondimentxKing

    How about the completely reworked Master Sword in number 2's alternate character design? I think that should get some attention.

  • I never knew about that Tingle one, that's pretty amusing. His obscene prices are enough to keep me away from him though, no cobra necessary.

  • Doctor Hunt

    Did you know that Twilight Princess' overworld is actually the Death Mountain region from Zelda 2?

  • superdude526

    I never thought of this before, but sci-fi Zelda reminds me of Lum the Invader.

  • Umm, there's no question about it being a coincidence that Fi resembles the 'Wind Waker' fairy queen; the coincidence of the two facts is what you're bringing to your readers' attention. The question is whether their coincidence is related or not.

  • the question

    the person who wrote this article – is he "special" ?

    • Mahboi

      Not sure if trolling or a lame attempt at spoofing the Moon Children in MM


  • Keimori

    I really find all the concept Art in the book fantastic, seeing all the thought that went into what the characters should look like is really festinating, I goes to show how much love and attention go into each character in a good game, I just adore seeing all the different takes on the same concept.

  • Keimori

    And I'll say this now, one day they should just throw a female link at us should they want to explore the idea, Screw our silly fanboy preconceptions and just run with it.

  • DarkenedGlyphs

    I think that pizza is an order here! :3

  • Dragon Ball Zelda

    Navi didn't appear in the canon version of Twilight Princess, a cursor on the Wii port doesn't count.

  • To be honest, I don't think that design is supposed to be a female Link, I would rather assume that it's an even more feminine design of his. Reminds me a lot of Ghirahim with his own creepy bishounen-like vibes to him.

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  • tonyhost

    Just might be here Yepi 12