Zelda Ocarina of Time

Easter eggs in video games aren’t a new thing, but it’s rare to spot one decades after the event – but that’s what Twitter user Hitei he’s found in Super Mario 64.

There’s a picture in Peach’s castle which we’ll all have dashed past many, many times over the years, and Hitei thinks this image has been hiding a reference to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Look at the image below and compare the stars at the top to the sequence of button presses needed to play the iconic Song of Storms in Ocarina of Time.

Super Mario 64
Zelda Ocarina of Time

Now, this might seem like a bit of a stretch, especially when you consider that Super Mario 64 was a launch title for the N64 and Zelda didn’t come out until a while later, but we know that both were in development at the same time, as Zelda was shown off (in a rather different form) before the console hit the market.

Therefore, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that the designers could have snuck in a reference to the song, as the music element of the game could have been locked down early in production. Alternatively, the reverse could be true, and the pattern for the song could be taken from the painting in Super Mario 64.

Of course, there’s also the chance that it could just be a massive coincidence, especially when you look at the small gap between the two sets of stars and the relatively basic nature of the pattern itself. We’ll let you decide, but if this does turn out to be a direct reference, then it’s surely a case of god-tier Easter egg placement by Nintendo.

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[source twitter.com, via gonintendo.com]