Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity not only makes reference to the latest game in the mainline Legend of Zelda series but also pays its respects to various other entries in the timeline, such as Ocarina of Time and even Link's Awakening.
If that wasn't already impressive enough, it seems there might also be a reference to Link's Phillips CD-i releases. In particular - the popular merchant / modern-day meme - Morshu from the 1993 game, Link: The Faces of Evil.
Here's exactly what the above message in the English version of Age of Calamity says:
Entrance Test - After proving that you have defeated plenty of monsters, the instructor recogonized your battle ability. He said he will train you anytime-as long as you have enough rupees.
In Link: The Faces of Evil, Morshu is the owner of a general store in the Goronu area. During one line of dialogue, he says "as long as you have enough rupees" - which as you can see above, is the same line featured in Age of Calamity.
So this means Morshu is canon now, right? But would he have survived the Great Calamity...oh no! Let us know what you make of all this in the comments.
I am the only one that wants a Zelda CD-i collection on the switch?
Whenever I see Morshu all I can think of is that video of him beatboxing.
Probably just a coincidence.
Or someone on the development team who likes being naughty.
We did it boys, Morshu is canon.
Probably a cheeky translator in the localization team
Hmm... I'd have to see how the text is written in Japanese and other languages before drawing a conclusion, Nintendo's English localizers/translators are known to be "in" on the whole meme reference thing.
I sense grasping at straws, lol. It's either a translator trying to mess with us or a coincidence.
I wish it was but its such a common phrase I doubt that.
Oh yeah, I definitely would. Of course them being more available could do damage to the brand so I get why that would never happen, but at the same time I feel they're such a bizarre note in Nintendo history that I would love to have them be more available for the curious. Hotel Mario too.
Like most of those "references" some "smarty pants" on the internet thinks he found in a game, all I have to add is: 🤨
Aonuma said that the original Hyrule Warriors took place in a different dimension. This would make the original non-canon.
Does the sequel on a non-canon game become canon because it contains prequel events to Breath of the Wild?
Personally, I don't believe it's canon. This enables it to take liberties with the story that can contradict Breath of the Wild and other Zelda canon.
Morshu's dialogue makes an excellent electronic instrument, surprisingly. Here's two music videos that are a bit, mmm, richer for having sampled him:
Big Beat Radio
Lamp Oil City Zone (Act 2)
Oh and for those hoping for a more direct reference to Morshu, depending upon licensing or copyright maybe, it could be that they can't give credit.
I respect any man that grooms his nose hair into his moustache.
@eboreg Fair enough, but Age of Calamity is not a sequel to the first Hyrule Warriors in any way.
Hyrule Warriors was a completely self contained new story.
Age of Calamity pretty much is what many hoped BotW's DLC would be: The story about how the Champions got their titans.
And from what i've heard (mild spoilers ahead) it even offers different endings to either make it self contained or directly lead up to BotW.
I'm far from finishing the game myself, but other than the new little guardian companion, so far, nothing really contradicts any of BotW's story.
Which would be pretty hard to begin with, given that everything was wiped out before it anyways with a time gap of 100 years.
Ah Faces of Evil - what a classic! People hate on the CD-i versions, but they really are quite unique and charming in their own way.
Part of me wishes they get a re-release with fixed input latency - I’d pay $10 for the collection. 🙂
I've always said these games should be canon
Yeah definitely the localisation team screwing around.
It's happened before. Remember the Cukeman dialogue in the german version of Links Awakening?
@AlienigenX you are not! I'd love to get a (physical) trilogy release of those games! Would be good if they threw in an adapted version of the Zelda game and watch too so modern audiences can have access to all the hard to find Zelda releases. Why not adapt and port the BSX games too?
Come back when you're a little MMMMMMM richer!
If the Banana Slamma reference in DKC Tropical Freeze for Switch is one thing, than this is on the same level.
What's with people here getting almost angry about what's most likely a localization person having fun with their work.
It's like you tried to convince them that the presence of watermelons in the game is a reference to Yoshi.
I laughed when I saw it too. Must definitely be a translator joking around, Nintendo would never acknowledge the CD-i games. Hope that the translator doesn't get in trouble.
The also need to make the Wand of Gamelon and the Book of Koridai as Zelda and Link's ultimate weapon in Age of Calamity. As you know both are so powerful they killed Ganon in one hit.
So it's canon that Morshu dies in the Great Calamity?
Just a happy coincidence, but I’d love if Nintendo fully bought the licensing and remade the CDi Trilogy on Switchz
Ok but did you really have to put that hideous picture into the article (as well as the article teaser)? 🤮
@AlienigenX Honestly, the music on those games isn't that bad. The cringe animations add to the comedic effects which check out.
The only thing I'd like for them to change is the controls; I feel that was the worst part of all those games.
I believe you mean "Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity Localization Might Include A Popular Zelda CD-i Reference". Big difference there.
Morshu's great, though.
I don't think any of Age of Calamity is canon TBH. It is to Breath of the Wild what Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is to the novels.
Yeah, way too basic. I wouldn’t believe this without some actual confirmation that it’s an intentional reference.
Are you kidding me?
You can buy things as long as you have money being ... owned by some guy in a CG-i game? Like that's HIS phrase and no one else uses it?
What's next, proof that the Animal Crossing and Metroid universes are the same because people in both say "after noon".
Was there a staffing change at Nintendolife? Because it's gone from best source of reliable news about Nintendo to endless blatant and shameless click bait rather quickly over the last month or so.
@OstianOwl what makes you think he died? he's obviously invincible-unless you have enough rupees
I don't see what is special about that quote.
"It's a secret to everybody" is also a somewhat common phrase to see. But everyone (rightly) realizes that when its used in a Zelda game its a reference to the first game.
@HeadPirate It’s been like that a lot longer than one month...
Sorry Link, I can't give credit. Come back when you're a little mmhhhh richer.
CD-i is a collection that needs to return just for the artwork.
@AlienigenX But why?
@Lanmanna preservation and historical value just to name a few reasons. And I find the crappy animation segments more entertaining that a lot of serious AAA games cutscenes produced nowadays.
lol imagine if they actually give us Zelda CD-i characters as DLC, that would be hilarious 😂
Lord No Please not this dude..
that is truly awesome. what a great deep cut. thanks for finding this.
I think you guys are stretching it a lot
@eboreg I honestly think this is canon because the feel of it ya know? Morshu is not canon but age of calamity at least in my opinion is. It is different from the fan fiction feel of the original and the story was made by nintendo themselves which leads me to believe it is canon. I think of it this way: it is essentially a split path from ocarnka of time but they actually explained it this time in a game. Whether or not sequels in this timeline occur is up to you then again your argument that it is not canon holds up just as well
Clutching at straws there, a lot.
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