It’s no surprise that each new installment in the Zelda series features various allusions to previous titles. The Adventure of Link is often considered to be the black sheep in the series, but contains various elements that would become staple in later games in the series such as the Magic Meter and the inclusion of towns. Meanwhile, Ocarina of Time is often considered to be not only one of the greatest Zelda games of all time, but it is also one of the most renowned video games in the medium’s history. But what do these two games have in common? More than you may think. GameTrailers took a look at the names of the towns from Zelda II in their Pop-Facts series, and their findings are quite interesting.
Zelda II contains eight towns: Rauru, Ruto, Saria, Nabooru, Darunia, Mido, Old Kasuto, and the Hidden Town of Kasuto. If you’re observant, you’ll notice that the names of the first five towns reference five of the sages from Ocarina of Time, while Mido references the (in)famous Kokiri who attempts to prevent Link from accessing two areas during the game. That’s pretty interesting, but what about Old Kasuto and the Hidden Town of Kasuto? Those two are a bit trickier, and while there is no definite consensus on whether allusions to these towns in other games in the series exist, there are two prominent theories and examples that indicate that there are.
The first theory is that some unused data found in Ocarina of Time through hacking suggests that the developers intended for one of the sages with the name Kasuto to appear in the game at some point in its development. This seems reasonable, as all of the sages sans Impa take their names from the towns in Zelda II. For the second theory, we have to look at a more recent installment in the series, Twilight Princess. The game contains the Hidden Village, which may be a nod to the Hidden Town of Kasuto. Both areas are abandoned, and contain only one resident. The sign found at the entrance of the Hidden Village is also writing in Hylian which reads “Welcome to Old Kakariko,” and it is thought that this village is the same Kakariko Village from Ocarina of Time.
Nintendo integrates the Zelda games through various allusions and references, and this is just one of many interesting bits connecting multiple games in the franchise together.