Given how many references to previous Legend of Zelda games the original Hyrule Warriors had, fans won’t be too shocked to find that Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity has a few of its own, most of which naturally allude to Breath of the Wild. However, most fans probably weren’t expecting the game to make what might possibly be a reference to what many consider the darkest chapter in the entire franchise: the Zelda CD-i games.
1993’s Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon are oddities for multiple reasons, not the least of which being that they were developed not for any Nintendo system but for Phillips CD-i media players. Produced on shoestring budgets with short development cycles and minimal involvement from Nintendo, these games have become infamous for their low quality, with their janky animated cutscenes in particular inspiring an endless amount of memes throughout the years.
Now players think they’ve found a reference to the CD-i games in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. One of the locations players can unlock to earn upgrades in the game is the Military Training Camp, where they can spend rupees to level up their characters. As spotted by Gamechamp on Twitter, an interesting message appears on the overworld map once players unlock the Training Camp: “After proving that you have defeated plenty of monsters, the instructor recognized your battle ability. He said he will train you anytime-as long as you have enough rupees.”
That last line seems to be a pretty clear callback to Morshu, one of the NPCs players would encounter in Link: The Faces of Evil and a owner of a general store in the Goronu area. Specifically, one of his lines of dialogue has him telling Link that he can sell him a variety of items “as long as you have enough rupees.”
Since the CD-i games have long been treated as non-canon to the rest of the Zelda franchise, this discovery has led to fans jokingly wondering if Morshu now exists in the world of Breath of the Wild and Age of Calamity. By all accounts, that seems to be the case, even if the official Zelda timeline refuses to include the CD-i games. The question now, though, is that since Breath of the Wild makes no reference to those titles, does that mean Morshu didn’t survive the Great Calamity?
At any rate, for all the flak The Faces of Evil and The Wand of Gamelon have caught throughout the years, the fact remains that they’re still part of The Legend of Zelda‘s history, and it’s interesting to see Nintendo seemingly acknowledging them after years of ignoring them.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is available for the Switch.