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On rare occasions, in a work of fiction, there are certain inconsistencies in regards of some events, design or the placement of some characters or elements in a particular place. In popular culture, these inconsistencies are known as goofs or mistakes. Though infrequently, some mistakes have been present in The Legend of Zelda series, although these details are hardly a detriment for the development of the plot or realism. Some types of mistakes may include:
- Mistranslations (words or sentences with grammar inaccuracies).
- Errors of continuity in a scene.
- Instances that accidentally break the fourth wall, and so on.
The Legend of Zelda
- The game shows numerous translation errors in the original NES version, such as Ganon being spelled Gannon or, in the Credits scene, several of the developers' names being altered. See here for a complete list.
The Adventure of Link
- In the Hidden Town of Kasuto, an Old Lady asks Link whether or not he has "the 7 Magic Containers". However, there are only four (including the one inside the Lady's house) in the game, as the initial four bars of magic Link has at first are default.
A Link to the Past
- On the eastern side of Death Mountain in the Light World, what appears to be the lowest cave entrance actually leads to the second floor of the cave network within, while an entrance on an apparent higher level leads to a lower section of the cave.
- Before she temporarily joins Link to awake the sleeping Walrus, Marin says she will wish to the Wind Fish to become a seagull and fly in the sky. However, talking to her after all of her storyline appearances will reveal that her wish is secret, even though she told it to Link earlier. Also, it couldn't possibly be a different wish that she is keeping secret, as said wish is shown to come true in the perfect ending.
Ocarina of Time
- In the inside of Jabu-Jabu's Belly, when Princess Ruto tries to get her mother's possession, Zora's Sapphire, the platform she lands upon rises and then lowers with her absent, as she is hijacked by a Big Octo. The error comes when Link defeats Barinade in a floor lower than the one where Ruto was last seen and then enters the exit portal with Ruto waiting for him. It's unknown when or how she managed to get past the in-between obstacles.
- In the Fire Temple, Darunia asks Link to rescue the imprisoned Gorons who are going to be offered to the evil Volvagia. After the request, the aforementioned Sage of Fire gets past the Boss door without having the Boss Key (which is guarded by a chest near one of the imprisoned Gorons). A possible explanation is that he has a replica of the Boss Key, but in that case, why didn't he leave the door open so that Link could enter as well after rescuing the prisoners?
- Despite the removal of the Rumble Feature in the Virtual Console version, the Stone of Agony is still present, despite not being able to help Link find secrets anymore.
- When Link draws his Bow, the Arrow is held on the underside of the Bow. It should be held on the top.
- Dampé's gravestone already seems to exist in the graveyard in the past, even though he hasn't passed away yet.
- In Romani Ranch, the entrance wooden arch says in Japanese (and writen in Hylian) "Welcome to Kakariko Village". The reason for this is because the game reuses several elements from Ocarina of Time, but the developers forgot to properly change the lead text of the arch.
- In the Nintendo 64 version of the game, when Cremia hugs Link after he defends her reserves of milk from the Gorman Brothers after the first time, the comment on the scene has a typo mistake: "You feel all warm and fuzzy! inside!".
- In Ikana Canyon, a Garo ninja tells Link that, "every two minutes", Pamela exits from her house as long as there aren't evil spirits. The in-game Termina Clock reads those real life minutes as hours, meaning that this is advice that breaks the fourth wall.
- When Link arrives to the Moon (which only occurs between 12:00am and 5:59am in the Final Day) and checks his Bombers' Notebook, he will notice the flat blue line indicating that it's supposedly 6:00am (in the same day), earlier than the time of arrival. The only possible explanation for this is that the Notebook tries to indicate that it's 6:00am in the New Day, except this day is not included in the aforementioned logbook recorder.
Oracle of Seasons
The Wind Waker
- How could Lenzo take a pictograph of Ganondorf? And, assuming the King of Evil accepted to be portrayed in a picture, what would motivate Lenzo to pay him a visit in the first place, seeing as he told Link that no one should get close to the Forsaken Fortress?
- If Niko was never able to pass the second version of his own test, then how was he able to reach the other side of the ship when demonstrating the test to Link?
- If the current shape of Greatfish Isle is originated from Ganondorf having destroyed it, then how can the Ghost Ship Chart and the Triforce Chart pinpoint their treasures' locations with the charts portraying the island in its destroyed state?
- Usually, when Link feeds a Fishman swimming near an island, it will be marked in the Sea Chart as visited, and then the Fishman gives information about the island or something else; and when the same fish is fed again, he complains about Link's tendency to always give the same type of All-Purpose Bait. A mistake related to this happens in Outset Island, Forsaken Fortress, Windfall Island and Dragon Roost Island. The first three islands are already marked in the Sea Chart since the beginning of the game, and Dragon Roost Island is marked by the local Fishman for free (without having to feed him). In the four cases, however, when Link attracts the Fishmen of those islands with the bait for the first time, they will argue that he already fed them with the same bait, thus complaining in the same way a Fishman fed twice does.
- Was the Bridge of Eldin broken in the past, or did the game's developers forget to only include its two fissures after the central part was removed? Even before the Shadow Beasts' warp sent part of it to Gerudo Desert, the bridge still has the two large fissures, exactly delimiting what is later removed.
- It is told that Ilia takes refuge within the Hidden Village, where Impaz takes cares of her and eventually helps her escape the village. However, according to Gor Coron, the village was blocked by the boulder at the entrance since an indefinite time, which not only renders Impaz's telling of the events inconsistent, but also contradicts the possibility that Ilia could have been in the village in the first place.
- In the beginning of the game, Link is told that every time an earthquake occurs in Mercay Island, the southern bridge breaks and has to be repaired; indeed, this is the case at the start of the game. However, when the young hero is looking for the third Sea Chart, another earthquake occurs and the bridge remains intact. Was the repair process quicker this time?
- When the Goron Elder's son is transported by Link towards Hyrule Castle Town, he (like any other character who travels on board with the Spirit Train) keeps an eye on how well Link drives the train. When they arrive to the aforementioned destination, however, the Goron child tells Link that he was asleep all along during the travel and would have liked to watch the fields' scenery while awaiting for the end of the ordeal.
- After Link manages to defeat the Demon Train in the Dark Realm, he and the characters traveling with him (Princess Zelda, Anjean and Byrne) plan on hopping on the top of the aforementioned train in order to confront Chancellor Cole and Malladus. During this cutscene, a very clear light is seen in the windows within the Spirit Train, identical to the sunlight, even though the characters are in a darker world than Hyrule.
- Artwork for Link using the Bow depicts the Arrow being nocked incorrectly.
- Different shops in Skyloft allows Link to upgrade different things such as potions, gear and equipment. This is done by collecting ingredients and paying a fee. However, some of the collectibles, such as Lanayru Ants and Eldin Ores, have names that are specifically related to a location on the surface, where no human has set foot in thousands of years. It is unknown how Skyloftians, having been separated from the surface for such a long time, would know that such things existed.
- The Ancient Robots are named with model numbers, starting with the LD- abbreviation. LD stands for Lanayru Desert, and the different language versions of the game change the abbreviation in accordance to the translated words, including Japanese (RS for Ranēru Sabaku), Spanish (DL for Desierto de Lanayru), etc. The problem is that the robots existed (or were created) before Lanayru Province became a desert, when it was still a grove with a sea. This means there is a mistake between the abbreviation and the place it's named after.
- In the reveal trailer for Skyward Sword, when Link draws his Bow, the Arrow is nocked incorrectly with the cock vane facing inward.
- After healing Lanayru (Dragon) with the Timeshift Stone nearby activated, Lanayru will revert back to his skeletal form when the Timeshift stone is deactivated, however, when Link is performing the "Song of the Hero", on Levias, Lanayru is present with the other two surface dragons, wihtout the Timeshift Stone. Technically, he should have reverted back to a skeleton when he left the Timeshift stone's diameter.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- In one scene of the episode Fairies in the Spring, when Link and Zelda are speaking to the King, the animation cel is off-center and the edge of the film strip is visible.
- In one scene of the episode The Missing Link, when Ganon and the Stalfos are talking in the Evil Jar, Ganon's mouth is moving when a Stalfos is speaking.
- In one scene of the episode Doppelganger, when Link and Zelda's evil clone are carrying the Triforce of Wisdom inside Ganon's castle, after the evil clone kisses Link, his mouth moves when she is speaking.
- In another scene of Doppelganger, Zelda's outfit is miscolored and she appears to be the evil clone.
Captain N: The Game Master
- In one scene, Princess Zelda is shown drawing her Bow at chest height, when it should be closer to her face.
- ↑ "Link! Are you all right? Actually, I am the nurse of Hyrule's Princess Zelda. And Din's no dancer either. She is actually the Oracle of Seasons who wields control over the forces of nature. Zelda has mystical powers that told of a curtain of shadow drawing around Din. I was instructed to take her to Hyrule in secret. You can get to the keyhole from that puddle outside. Did you open the floodgates? The vines there get so overgrown in summer!" — Floodgate Keeper (Oracle of Seasons)
- ↑ "This isn't good... I've never even passed this test... How could he do it so quickly...?" — Niko (The Wind Waker)
- ↑ "That sweet girl... She worried about this old woman even as I helped her to escape from here..." — Impaz (Twilight Princess)
- ↑ "But...a rockslide blocked the way to the village long ago, so you can't get there anymore." — Gor Coron (Twilight Princess)