10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Legend of Zelda

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An Original Cartridge Can Be Worth $150,000: Part of the lasting appeal of the game is that it was delivered in those eye-catching sparkly gold cartridges. Finding one of those isn't hard since they were made in the millions. Later runs saw the game produced in a plain classic grey as with other games. However, if you happen to come across a flat gold prototype copy, it could be worth an incredible amount of money. Last year a seller on eBay put up one of the rare copies asking $150,000. Seller Tjcurtin1 accepted a Best Offer from a private message, and while we don't know how much he finally sold it for it was likely considerable.

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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.

See also: Zelda: 6 Legendary Video Game Trailers and 2 Hilarious Parodies

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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.

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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.

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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.

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10 comments
Jim Rassinier
Jim Rassinier

And I love the Angry video nerd. There is a right way to do this.

Jim Rassinier
Jim Rassinier

It's slowly becoming things I didn't need to know about Jef. TMI, much too much.

Eliseo Ramos
Eliseo Ramos

I am not ashamed to say that I'm a massive Zelda fan and learned a few things in this article. Cheers!

Emily Zimerman
Emily Zimerman

I like this. And I was always so confused as to how to kill the kitty looking things, because the old guy said they hated sound, and the only thing that made a sound in the game was the whistle. Blowing the whistle did jack squat. It totally makes sense now.

Jonathan Ng
Jonathan Ng

You also need the Zelda game for the Nintendo Wii in order to "jailbreak" it so you can play bootleg games. #11

Colby Jack
Colby Jack

I knew 3 of those things. Alright, time to go relive my childhood...

Smedley
Smedley

@Emily Zimerman Arrows do a pretty decent job.

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