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Here’s a Compilation of Zelda References from Mario Games

By Sean Michael-Patrick Thompson
February 15, 2018

Have you ever wondered just how many times the Zelda series has been referenced by other games? I have no idea exactly, but I know it’s quite a lot, since I recognize it when I see it… usually… YouTuber Nintendo Unity recently put up a video of what they claim to be every Zelda reference in a Mario game from 1985 to 2018, and I’m going to trust them at their word since many of these passed right by me when I played the games, and others I had no clue existed at all. While watching this video I had to do several double takes because the reference was so small, but indeed it was there! One of my favorites hits you right off the bat; Mario using the Flute (or Warp Whistle) to warp just as Link did. I played that Mario game years before I played the original Legend of Zelda, so even though I had seen both in action I had never put two and two together before!

You can watch the video below or click here to check it out on YouTube. Be sure to give them a like if you learn something new, and check back to TGPZ next week, I might just make a list of my favorite Mario references in the Zelda series, ’cause we all know this goes both ways!