For those who have dabbled in the world of Animal Crossing, there has always been an abundance of references to other Nintendo games, including The Legend of Zelda. From items to clothes, various iconic pieces from Zelda can be found throughout the animal villages, and we’re here to discuss some of these hidden treasures! These cameo items span across many games in the Animal Crossing series, but for this article, I’ll be focusing on New Leaf in particular.

Princess Zelda’s Study is a series where we examine the history of The Legend of Zelda to bring you some fascinating (or just plain weird) trivia. In our studies, we’ll explore each game’s development, curiosities within the rich lore of the franchise, and the impact it has had on our culture. From time to time, we’ll also look at Nintendo’s past to unearth some facts about our favorite company.

Many of these items are obtained through fortune cookies found in the Nook brothers’ shop. A number of them are from the Legend of Zelda series, though they are scrambled among plenty of other Nintendo items. Starting with clothes, we have — plain and simple — the Hero’s Tunic, Pants, and Cap! It mostly resembles Link’s appearance from Skyward Sword, but it’s really its own interpretation of the classic green suit. The Classic Tunic and Champions Tunic can also be obtained through the Welcome amiibo update, but more on that later.

There are more masks than anything when it comes to clothes, which makes perfect sense considering there is a whole Zelda game revolving around them. This includes masks of Midna, Fi, Makar, Tingle, and of course, the legendary Majora’s Mask.

Then there are dozens of familiar items from across the Zelda series. By purchasing fortune cookies, the player can happen upon the Triforce and Master Sword. Those alone are a great find, but with the addition of Welcome amiibo, we were given even more items from this fantastic franchise: treasure chests, a Wind Waker wall scroll, fairies in a bottle, and — my personal favorite — the Moon from Majora’s Mask. These are just a few of the items you can obtain by visiting your favorite Zelda characters in their RVs! Did I just say Zelda characters in an Animal Crossing game? You bet I did!

Welcome amiibo did not only make it possible to unlock more Legend of Zelda items, but characters too! Wolf Link, Epona, Medli, and Ganon all make appearances as villagers who can actually move into your town. If you have any of the Smash Bros. amiibo (or at least any Zelda ones), tap it to your 3DS for a real treat! I’ve personally had both Wolf Link and Epona as residents in my estate and let me tell you, things got interesting.

One last tidbit I’ll leave with you before we wrap things up is to try chopping down a tree with the Golden Axe. Sometimes it leaves you with a little surprise — a familiar triangle if you will — though it is a rare occurrence. If you find one, keep that stump around, no matter how much the villagers yell at you for being a “stump maker.” They’ll understand in time. 

It’s always fun to wander around in Animal Crossing and stumble upon an Easter egg from our favorite series! These are just a few of the interesting ones, but if there are any that I missed (because I probably did), kindly leave them in the comments for more of your fellow villagers to find!