10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Legend of Zelda
You Were Supposed to Shout at the Game: There is a little-discussed difference between the Famicon controllers and the NES controllers, and that is that the Famicon controllers had microphones. It was never a widely used feature, but in Zelda the Pols could be defeated by yelling into the mike. The manual's description that the big-eared enemies were hurt by loud noises made Americans believe the recorder was their weakness when it actually does nothing since NES controllers had no mike. That said, the weakness was still programmed into the game, and if you get your hands on a Famicon controller it should work on an American cartridge.
It Was Actually a Crossover Game: Long before Link and Mario were fighting each other on Smash Brother Link was actually already having crossover battles from all over the video game universe. The boss Manhandla is supposed to be a four-headed piranha plant from Super Mario Bros. More obscure is the boss Digdogger, which is meant to be a giant version of the unira enemies from Clu Clu Land. The famous rupee also borrowed its sprite from Clu Clu Land.
The Second Quest Was an Afterthought: The Legend of Zelda was a game of mind-blowing length at the time of its release. Nintendo was actually thinking of not releasing it in America over concerns that we wouldn't be interested in something so long and epic. Despite this, the game itself only took up half of the cartridge's available memory. Not wanting to waste it, it was decided to offer a second quest with some changes to add to the playing time.
There's a Swastika Hidden in It: The dungeon maps in the game are all supposed to represent things, such as eagles or moons. The third dungeon (First quest) is in the shape of a swastika. Now, the symbol is actually a traditional Eastern representation of good fortune, in Japanese called a manji, and it was a hipster-like faddish spread of the symbol in the Western world that lead Adolf Hitler flipping it around and turning it into a universal symbol of hatred and genocide. Ironically, it's not that unlikely that someone like Ganon would lay out a dungeon in so hated a shape.