Two very different men who shared a passion get to be remembered in the best way.
While fans around the globe are exploring everything that the open world of Hyrule has to offer, others are thinking fondly of two spectacular men who would have loved to go on this new adventure along side us. While they may not be able to explore, controller in hand, Nintendo has slipped in small honors to each of them, granting them the kind of immortality that can only come from video games.
Satoru Iwata was the Preisdent and CEO of Nintendo for many years, and played a huge part in helping gaming to become mainstream, but unfortunately was lost to the world in 2015. Mr. Iwata was a gamer first, and a business man second, who worked hard to bring his creations to life, even after passing, his influence was felt by those who knew him best. in an interview with The New Yorker, LoZ director Hidemaro Fujibayashi shared his thoughts about Mr. Iwata during development, “When he passed away, there were moments we’d come up with an idea which we’d be excited to talk to Iwata about. Then we’d remember he was no longer here. Miyamoto told me it was the same for him. He’d come up with an idea at the weekend and would feel excited to speak to Iwata about it on Monday, only to remember. The sadness runs deep. This is approaching spiritual talk, but we had the sense that he was watching over our work. That became a source of motivation, a drive for us to improve and be better.” This idea that they were still being influenced and driven by the memory of their friend and colleague may be what encouraged the creation of a certain NPC.
This NPC directs us to the top of the Satori Mountain to find the “Lord of the Mountain”, a mythical beast which can be mounted, and who, according to lore, watches over the lands and is a “reincarnation of a sage that died on the lands it now protects.” Almost sounds like a callback to the idea that Mr. Iwata was watching over the development team, doesn’t it?
In addition to this, many players believe that Robin Williams makes an appearance as an NPC as well. Mr. Williams was a long time fan of the Legend of Zelda series, even going so far as to name his first born daughter after the legendary princess. Robin and his daughter Zelda Williams both appeared in a commercial for the remastered version of Loz: Ocarina of Time, where Mr. Williams talks about becoming a hero to save the princess, before his daughter interrupts him, asking “are you mixing me up with the princess again?” to which he replies “Hard to say, you’re both pretty magical.”
Mr. Williams was lost to mental illness in 2014, and it would appear that the folks over at Nintendo wanted to showcase one of their biggest fans in similar fashion. Players traversing Death Mountain may has come across this particular character.
While neither of these theories have been confirmed by Nintendo, they haven’t been denied either, and this is the sort of easter egg that is best discovered by the fans, for all to discuss and enjoy. So what do you think? Did Nintendo intentionally give us these amazing reminders as a way to immortalize these men, just like the developers behind Halo 5 and other games did for their fans? Or is this over stretching? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook! And don’t forget to follow Bonus Level Gaming on Facebook for the latest in gaming news, memes, cosplay, and more! Thanks for reading!