Welcome to the second issue of Easter Egg Sunday. For those who missed last week’s issue, this is a series of articles that focuses on bringing to light the Easter Eggs and other secrets hidden in video games. This week’s issue focuses on the Nintendo 64 classic, “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.”
Most gamers have heard of “Ocarina of Time” by now, but for those who haven’t, here is a short introduction to the game. “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” was the first title in the Zelda franchise to be released on the Nintendo 64. The game featured the dungeon exploring and puzzles of the classic Zelda titles, but in a fully 3-dimensional world, in a similar transition that Super Mario 64 did two years before. It is widely considered to be the greatest game in the entire “Legend of Zelda” franchise. Many gamers even consider it to be the greatest game ever created. The game combined excellent exploration with one of the best combat control systems of its time (and it is still better than many combat systems that came out after it). It is also one of the first games to make use of a targeting system in order to easily attack opponents in melee combat.
Below are many of the secrets that can be found in “Ocarina of Time”. Remember that not all of these will be strictly Easter Eggs, as some of them are just major secrets within the game. However, they will still be labeled as Easter Eggs for consistencies sake.
Easter Egg #1: Players will notice a great many rounded stones around the world in Ocarina of Time. These stones are known as Gossip Stones. There are many actions that players may take with them. These actions include: hitting them with a sword, hitting them with the Megaton Hammer, exploding a bomb near them, using Din’s Fire on them, playing certain ocarina songs near them, and equipping the Mask of Truth and “talking to them”.
Easter Egg #2: When players enter the courtyard to meet Zelda (near the beginning of the game), players may notice windows on the left and right sides. If the player shoots a slingshot seed into each of them, something will happen. Also, if the player looks into the right window, they will see a neat Easter Egg.
Easter Egg #3: Malon, a character at the Lon Lon Ranch, has an interesting Easter Egg on her person. When she lowers her arms, the player can notice something on her brooch.
Easter Egg #4: Within the Dodongo’s Cavern, players may notice an interesting sign. It is located on the second floor of the large, main room at the entrance. The sign is near the back of the room, near the giant Dodongo skull.
Easter Egg #5: This one is very minor, but still rather amusing. When the player acquires the Stone of Agony, they may notice that it looks very familiar, especially if they purchased a new copy of Star Fox 64, or any of the accessories for the Nintendo 64 controller.
Easter Egg #6: Players may notice a small drawing on the tree that Link wakes up in at the beginning of the game. It is carved into the side of the tree.
Easter Egg #7: This Easter Egg involves the Fishing Pond at Lake Hylia. This can only be done as Adult Link. The player must begin fishing, and then aim the fishing rod toward the salesman at the entrance. This requires precise positioning and aim, and may take some time to work.
Easter Egg #8: In Ganon’s Castle at the end of the game, there is a hidden area. This area is located beneath the bridge in the main, central room. It can be revealed using the Lens of Truth.
Easter Egg #9: This Easter Egg requires hacking. If players hack into the game files, they can locate and activate a hidden enemy.
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Easter Egg #1: If players hit the Gossip stones with a sword, they will tell what time the in-game clock is at. If a player uses Din’s Fire near them, they will spin around really quickly. They will flatten when hit with the Megaton Hammer. Bombs will cause them to fly off like a rocket and explode. If the player plays Zelda’s Lullaby, the Sun’s Song, or the Song of Storms near them, they will give Link a fairy. The Mask of Truth will cause the Gossip Stones to spill their gossip. They will talk about various things around the game, most of which are true and lead to secrets.
Easter Egg #2: If Link shoots the window on the left with the slingshot, a guard will yell at him and throw a bomb out the window (this may take a few shots). The window on the right will produce 20 Rupees when shot. Also, players who look into the window will see pictures of Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Yoshi, and Princess Peach from the Mario franchise.
Easter Egg #3: The brooch bears a striking resemblance to Bowser from the Mario franchise.
Easter Egg #4: This sign uses the same texture as the infamous “L is real 2401” sign from the game Super Mario 64, which led many gamers to believe that Luigi was playable in that game. It is unknown why Nintendo used the same sign in this game.
Easter Egg #5: The Stone of Agony looks exactly like the Rumble Pak for the Nintendo 64, which must be used in order for the stone to have any use. The Rumble Pak was boxed with the original release of Star Fox 64, and was an accessory that could be inserted into the Nintendo64 controller. The Pak would rumble during certain games, similar to how all controllers do nowadays.
Easter Egg #6: This drawing shows what appears to be Link fighting a large dinosaur-like monster. It is unclear what exactly this is, and gamers have only been able to speculate about it. Some say it is a reference to his forthcoming fight with Ganon. Others say it might be a silly drawing of Link fighting a monster, such as Godzilla.
Easter Egg #7: If the player aims the fishing rod correctly, the player will be able to grab the salesman’s hat and steal it off of his head. This will, however, cause him to be very mad at the player. The player will be able to give him back his hat too. Another goofy thing to notice is that if the player aims correctly, the player may notice that the salesman was programmed without legs.
Easter Egg #8: This hidden area is actually a shop, with a bunch of Business Scrubs in it. The scrubs will sell various items, including Potions. There are also a multitude of Fairies located in this room.
Easter Egg #9: The enemy that appears via hacking is an Arwing from Star Fox 64. It is believed that it was used to test the Z-targeting function in the game, and was left in the game files after the game was completed.
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