Hidden References in the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

by on October 14th, 2010
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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is full of hidden references and surprises. Even before the game was released, one was found in the main theme. When played backwards, it’s actually Zelda’s Lullaby from Ocarina of Time. These are some other great Easter eggs in Skyward Sword.

Tingle’s statue
Tingle has been a map seller and a chart decipher, but in Skyward Sword he’s a doll. Zelda’s room might be locked, but there are two ways to sneak a peek inside to see the Tingle doll. You can go into Karane’s room and look through the space in the divider separating her room from Zelda’s. If you want to go into the room, just climb on top of the Knight Academy roof and sneak down the chimney after getting the clawshot. Besides the doll, you’ll find Zelda’s diary, a gratitude crystal, and a piece of heart.

25th anniversary
The Legend of Zelda was first released in Japan in 1986. Apparently in Skyloft, there were also great things happening 25 years ago. When Link is ready to start the Wing Ceremony in the beginning of the game, it is mentioned that this year marks its 25th anniversary.

LD-Link-16
After waking up the dragon in the Lanayru Desert, he thanks Link and asks him his name. When Link responds, the dragon decides to give him a name the Ancient Robots will appreciate. The dragon renames him LD-Link-16. In this reference, the “LD” could stand for legend and “16” is the number of Zelda games released to date.

“It’s a secret to everybody”
Nothing was weirder in the original game then burning a bush and finding a helpful Moblin inside willing to give Link rupees. As Link walked into the cave to collect, the phrase “it’s a secret to everybody” was displayed. In Skyward Sword, you’ll find a few characters who want their business to be kept secret. In the Faron Woods the Kikiwi hermit uses the famous phrase, as does a Parella in Lake Floria.

Titanic Easter egg
While helping the Skipper get his ship back, Link needs to go to his house. On the wall there is some pictures that Fi suggests you look at. In the photos, there is the Skipper and his old crew doing various things. One picture is very interesting. The Skipper and a lady are on ship’s bow in the classic pose from the Titanic movie.

Distract Demise
The final battle of the Skyward Sword has been called the toughest in the series’ history. Demise might be a difficult boss to defeat, but he has the attention span of a bug. Why? If Link takes out his bug net and waves it around in front of Demise, he’ll follow it with his eyes. It might be silly, but it doesn’t diminish the challenging fight.

Gerudo Desert
Everyone who played Ocarina of Time knows the name “Gerudo Desert.” In this Easter egg, Link can capture a bug called the Gerudo dragonfly. This bug is primarily used to enhance potions. It is only found in the Lanayru Desert.


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