You might be surprised to know that we aren’t the only ones fascinated by the Zelda CD-i games. In rare cases, the games are referenced in official media. Even if you despise their existence, you can’t deny that their anomalous nature as products with the “Zelda” label has left a widespread impact — to the point where they are even imprinted in an official product associated with Ocarina of Time, the pinnacle of the franchise according to many fans.
You’ve heard us express our passion for CD-i; now let’s celebrate others’ appreciation of these eccentric games!
Prima Strategy Guide
Many Zelda fans will recognise Prima as the pioneers of Zelda strategy guides. It turns out that at least one of the writers of the official Ocarina of Time strategy guide has a thing for CD-i, as they decided to slip in a direct reference.
A bullet point in the guide reads “Faces of Evil”, referring to both the CD-i title and the sequence in Ocarina when Link must use the Mirror Shield to reflect light onto a statue’s face.
Props to Photobucket user milkmanyeti for spotting this!
Ocarina of Time
Speaking of Ocarina of Time, there’s also a possible reference in-game in the Kakariko Graveyard. When you defeat one of the Composer Brothers, it will exclaim:
“GYAAAH! You killed me!!”
Not unlike a memorable line from Wand of Gamelon. Coincidence? Probably, actually, but it’s fun to believe otherwise! Furthermore, the ghost then follows this quote with “Huh? Oh, it’s you.” as though he was expecting not Link to defeat him, but Zelda – just as she killed Hectan so nonchalantly in the CD-i title. If nothing else, it’s an amusing happenstance. YouTube user RupeeClock gives us a nice comparison of the two scenes:
The racing video game Fuel, released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, has its own cheeky nod to Faces of Evil. Depending on which version of the game you play, there is an Achievement or Trophy named “Squadala, we’re off!” To unlock it, you must:
“Use heliports 100 times. Faster than a flying carpet, huh?”
The “flying carpet” further hints at the character Gwonam, who was responsible for one of the most iconic quotes of the CD-i saga.
Thanks YouTube user dgsz23 for the gameplay footage!
If you’ve seen tributes to the Unholy Triforce in a different game, publication or other medium, we would love to hear about it.