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Secrets within the Twilight

October 21st, 2006 at 3:28 pm by The Missing Link

WARNING: This post reveals some minor spoiler information about Twilight Princess. If you wish to be surprised about the game, do not read this post. You have been warned.

The mysteries of Twilight Princess have been many. In fact, even though we know for a fact a rough outline of the intro of the Twilight storyline, as a result we only have more questions than we ever had before. Since then, the secrecy of Nintendo about this game has been incredible, but slowly the veil that separates us from the object of our affection is beginning to reveal itself, and a few hints of spoilers that we will find within Twilight are unfolding.

Here begins that very process. Continue reading only if you dare.

For all of you who so desperately wish to know everything Zelda, head on over to this link where you’ll find scans of this coming month’s Nintendo Power article on Twilight Princess. Weighing in at an impressive four pages, the secrets it reveals are amazing. Since not all of you have X-ray vision strong enough to read the miniscule text, let me reveal a few of the more juicier tidbits from this. (All emphasis is mine.)

  • Twilight is “enormous, providing as much gameplay in the overworld (Hyrule and beyond) as in its nine huge dungeons.” Beyond? Are we going to get to leave Hyrule this time?
  • “By swiping the remote, you’ll make the hero slash his sword. By thrusting forward while Link moves towards a locked-on target, you’ll instruct him to jab his prey. Shake the Nunchuck to have Link spin 360 degrees, slicing every enemy within his range. The remote also gives you pinpoint aim with projectile weapons. And, when Link is in wolf form, waving the Wii Remote causes him to maul enemies with his teeth and claws. A shake of the Nunchuck makes him spin and beat bad guys with his body.”
  • “Your journey begins in Ordon Village, where Link works as a farm hand, herding sheep from the back of steed Epona and teaching the local children the proper use of a slingshot and a wooden sword. When shadow creatures appear from the twilight realm then trash the village and take some of its citizens captive (including the children) the young rancher finds himself, in the form of a wolf, behind bars in the twilight realm: a dark and deserted version of Hyrule Castle. That’s where the mysterious Midna comes into the picture and leads Link to the Twilight Princess. It doesn’t take much guesswork to figure out the princess’s real identity, but it’s still a thrill to see her pull back the hood of her cloak and reveal herself. She exposes Link, too, as the one who must lift the kingdom from the shadow creatures. From there, the adventure unfolds like the classic Legend of Zelda game that it is. Link ventures far and wide, both as a world and as a human, out of his ranch hand getup and in the green tunic—the Hero’s Clothes. Later he earns additional armor that bestows him with new abilities.” Well, that dispels all the rumours that Midna was the Twilight Princess; however, I am intrigued by this armour thing…
  • “The Gale Boomerang, an updated version of one of Link’s longstanding weapons, creates a whirwind that picks up and carries items back to the hero. It’s also capable of hitting targets in a series. After you point to your targets then let go of the weapon, it sails to each destination, causing havoc for the enemies, and even carrying bombs to Link’s target.” It’s the next coolest thing compared to the bomb-arrows from Link’s Awakening.
  • “The Hero’s Bow is another new version of an item that Link has had in his arsenal for some time. While riding Epona across the battlefield, Link can turn and fire arrows at those who wish him harm.” But wait, that’s nothing new. There’s more to this one than meets the eye, methinks…
  • “He carries two types of Clawshots. A single claw works as a grappling device, letting the adventurer reach new heights. Dual claws work like Tarzan’s wires or Spiderman’s webbling, allowing Link to swing over gaps.” Absolute ninja, right there.
  • “Iron boots also have mutiple uses. They grip magnetic surfaces, letting the hero walk upside down on the ceiling. They also make Link sink to the bottoms of lakes and rivers, and keep him from being swept away by strong winds.” All of this we’ve either seen or done before.
  • “Another heavy item, the Ball and Chain, forces Link to walk slowly while he’s carrying it, but powers through enemies and weak walls.”
  • “On the lighter side is the Spinnec, a rotating platform with which Link charges into enemies and hovers over the ground. It has gears that make it latch onto tracks and reach otherwise inaccessible areas.” It’s the combination of a frisbee and the Spider Ball from Metroid Prime, sounds like!
  • “Link has three types of bombs, as well…” Three? Three? Lemme guess the types: little boom, large boom, REALLY large boom.
  • “When twilight realm’s dark magic turns our hero into a toothy beast, he is capable of digging holes to discover passages, and can use his canine senses to root out secrets. His passenger, Midna, offers clues, creates an energy field that stuns and targets enemies, and guides the wolf difficult terrain. But, Midna’s involvement doesn’t stop there. At a crucial point in the adventure, she gives Link the ability to travel long distances in an instant, telporting from one exotic location to the next.”
  • “Beyond the main adventure, the game is loaded with side quests and item collection. Not only are heart pieces (now five to a heart container) scattered all over the land, but so are a series of golden bugs and limp Poe’s Souls (found only at night).” What’s this with five? This is going to lead to the thousands of heart pieces problem once again. If one of those nine dungeons is the last one, that means eight full heart pieces. Starting with three, that makes 11, meaning the last nine (to, of course, reach a full 20 hearts, as is tradition) will make for 45 heart pieces. Yikes… And can anyone say Golden Skulltulas and Big Poes? That has Ocarina written all over it.

This is only a small bit of happiness which Twilight Princess can provide. For anything else, either visit Venus, Queen of Fairies, in the Fountain of Happiness or buy the game for yourself.

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49 Messages from the Gossip Stones about “Secrets within the Twilight”

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    I cannot wait…. Twilight Princess… finally this November….. ahhhhh!!!!

    Spiderlink ftw. Hoverboard ftw. You know, I might steal Miyamoto, and force him to marry me. On the heart pieces side, it could be possible that there’s less hearts in total, rather than a stupid amount of side-quests. Not that it’d necessarily be a BAD thing. =D

    Rock on December 8th!

    :3
    spiderman/ninja/link……. aaaaaahh…
    *must have twilight princes….*

    Zelda “Revealing Herself.” THAT’LL exite some fanboys. PWNED!

    Sorry. I’ll laugh when all of your arms fall off from swinging that controller. I swing with the push of a button.

    That’s where the mysterious Midna comes into the picture and leads Link to the Twilight Princess. It doesn’t take much guesswork to figure out the princess’s real identity, but it’s still a thrill to see her pull back the hood of her cloak and reveal herself. She exposes Link, too, as the one who must lift the kingdom from the shadow creatures. From there, the adventure unfolds like the classic Legend of Zelda game that it is. Link ventures far and wide, both as a world and as a human, out of his ranch hand getup and in the green tunic—the Hero’s Clothes.

    Well that was unexpected.

    Later he earns additional armor that bestows him with new abilities.”

    That sounds really cool. Link in shiny green armor. Maybe.

    I was told that the Feild takes a literal 45 minutes to cross from farthest edge to farthest edge on foot. Not entirely sure about the credibility of that though.

    I heard about that as well. It may be possible, especially with all of the canyons and bridges…
    How come they didn’t mention about that flying thing that Link rode? Or about the Master Sword?

    I heard about that, too. The only difference in what I heard is that it’s on horseback, instead of foot. Nonetheless, that’s just speculation right now”’

    I can’t WAIT for this game!!!!!!!!!! Go Twilight Princess! I can’t wait for December 13th and November 19th (I decided to get both versions *glances back at the dates* Woops, I mixed them up”’)

    And, when Link is in wolf form, waving the Wii Remote causes him to maul enemies with his teeth and claws.

    Wow, now I can see why this game is rated T… wow.

    I am totally exited about that.

    I can’t stand those spoilers alert. THE GAME ISN’T EVEN RELEASED!!!!

    • 10. Muse says:

    *whimper* Awwwwww, come out already…

    Ooooh, that sword thing sounds SO COOL! Hehe, I might have to start saving up for a Wii after all. Just for Zelda. Heart!

    Hehe…Spidey-Ninja Link.

    AWESOME!!! I always knew that the hookshot was going to transform into a grappling hook and hookshot at the same time. I predicted many things and MOST of them are coming true!!

    Very cool. That makes me want to get a Wii more and more.

    Light Link 007 said:

    I was told that the Feild takes a literal 45 minutes to cross from farthest edge to farthest edge on foot. Not entirely sure about the credibility of that though.

    Holy shamoly! 45 minuets on foot? That’ll suck when we need to cross to the other side when we don’t have Epona!

    SmashManiac said:

    I can’t stand those spoilers alert. THE GAME ISN’T EVEN RELEASED!!!!

    You keep using that word “spoiler”. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    Ahhh!!! Why do I live in Sweden?
    You are sooo lucky to live in USA, I have to wait an entire month longer than you…

    Why why why???

    You bastards with only three weeks to wait! Don’t we poor Brits have it hard enough with the weather and Tony Blair and the bland food? Seriously, my housemates are already bored with me going on about how great it’s going to be and they’ve got seven more weeks of this behaviour to put up with. I’m also going to have to buy my own TV because I’ve been banned from having a Wii in the living room- apparently they’ll be needing it to watch television, not me getting immersed in Zelda.

    Windmill Man said:

    Sorry. I’ll laugh when all of your arms fall off from swinging that controller. I swing with the push of a button.

    Haha, I agree with you! I perfer my old school evil fighting ways… they’ve never failed on me yet!

    I’m cheap…I’m getting the Gamecube version because I don’t want to buy the Wii. Too much money.

    Unfortunately, my relative insist upon getting TP for me for Christmas, so I have a bit longer to wait…

    *drools*

    Josephina said:

    Very cool. That makes me want to get a Wii more and more.

    Light Link 007 said:

    I was told that the Feild takes a literal 45 minutes to cross from farthest edge to farthest edge on foot. Not entirely sure about the credibility of that though.

    Holy shamoly! 45 minuets on foot? That’ll suck when we need to cross to the other side when we don’t have Epona!

    From what I’ve heard you get Epona pretty early on in the game, so it won’t be that bad. And I’m sure that the Field won’t be a total time eater…

    I’ll buy both, that way I can experience the goodness both ways.
    :D
    I’m waiting till Christmas as well, So I might have to avoid some posts because of big spoilers.

    Josephina said:

    Very cool. That makes me want to get a Wii more and more.

    Light Link 007 said:

    I was told that the Feild takes a literal 45 minutes to cross from farthest edge to farthest edge on foot. Not entirely sure about the credibility of that though.

    Holy shamoly! 45 minuets on foot? That’ll suck when we need to cross to the other side when we don’t have Epona!

    I’m sure we won’t have to go the whole way all at once. besides there’ll probably be some way to speed it up. Like Twilight realm shortcuts, warp songs, not-so-secret-because-half-the-population-knows-about-them tunnels, Kaepora Gaebora, (although it would take less time to crawl across the map than it would to talk to him for a ride.) and maybe some form of weird Midna-Magic. Besides, Epona may be a lot faster than in Ocarina.

    Remember the Biggoron Sword sidequest? No warping? Now, I love Zelda, but just think. 45 FRIGGIN MINUTES for EYEDROPS?

    I wonder if they’ll bring any of the medallions from AL-ttP back, or maybe come up with different, cooler ones.

    The golden skulltulas are back! Or maybe they aren’t skulltula’s but regualar bugs? Either way, I like it that they brought tbat concept back, and the poe souls, awesome too. I guessed Zelda would be the Twilight Princess, and since the title is about her, I think she’ll play a huge part in the game. Three types of bombs? Sweet! Hopefully they’re unique types. That Ball and Chain weapon sounds awesome! I like the armor thing, but I hope they actually reduce the damage you take, rather than just giving you new abilities. If they reduced the amount of damage you took, and gave you new abilities, that’d be the coole/. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS GAME!!!!!!!!!

    I KNOW ISNT IT AWESOME!
    Just remember, 45 min is just speculation. If it is that big, I doubt you’d ever have to cross it all at once.

    I’m not surprised about the armor-thing. I’ve been predicting it ever since Tp was reported in Nintendo Power, and that was…what, three years ago?

    Luce said:

    You bastards with only three weeks to wait! Don’t we poor Brits have it hard enough with the weather and Tony Blair and the bland food? Seriously, my housemates are already bored with me going on about how great it’s going to be and they’ve got seven more weeks of this behaviour to put up with. I’m also going to have to buy my own TV because I’ve been banned from having a Wii in the living room- apparently they’ll be needing it to watch television, not me getting immersed in Zelda.

    I think one of those words need to be *navied*. :-) That does stink that you have to get a t.v. I’m lucky- my folks always keep the old t.v. in the basement.

    Also, I would considerably like it if they made a lot more mini-dungeons. Those were always great in Oot, MM, and WW (think Bottom of the well and Ice cavern) because they gave the zelda “Feel” without requireing you to sit down with the game for two-and-a-half hours. (though I’m betting I’ll end up doing that anyway.) ;-)

    it took me awhile to click the article do to the warning,but then I remembered the GCN TP release date and…here we are :) .

    sounds cool though,maybe not the “golden bugs”,but the rest is pretty interesting.the armor sounds cool too.the bombs are probably normal bombs,detonater bombs (like in MC),and bombachus (if thats how you spell it :? ) .im not looking forward to the 5 heart piece thing though,I hate collecting hearts :P .

    now if only nintendo would pull their act together a bit…

    Luce said:

    You bastards with only three weeks to wait! Don’t we poor Brits have it hard enough with the weather and Tony Blair and the bland food? Seriously, my housemates are already bored with me going on about how great it’s going to be and they’ve got seven more weeks of this behaviour to put up with. I’m also going to have to buy my own TV because I’ve been banned from having a Wii in the living room- apparently they’ll be needing it to watch television, not me getting immersed in Zelda.

    The Wii didn’t even come out yet! I hate all those people who “claim” they got a Wii when it didn’t come out yet!! >C

    The Missing Link said:

    You keep using that word “spoiler”. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    *snicker* Very nice.

    Anyway, this is going to be an awesome game! Three types of bombs. . . booyah! More explosions! And with that Gale Boomerang thing. . . more ways to blow stuff up! But one thing bugs me: I haven’t seen any Ganon media. Is there any?

    No, there is no Ganon media, but the developers said that he is in the game.

    • 28. EA says:

    Limp Poe Souls? Hmm, no comment D:

    I’m excited for how big this game is going to be! I can already see myself spending a bajillion hours on sidequests :3

    Master Link said:

    No, there is no Ganon media, but the developers said that he is in the game.

    awww..I wanted Vaati :( .

    seriously though,I never heard that :? .guess ill just,you know,wait till capcom makes another GBA zelda or something to see vaati…

    It looks so cool. I can’t wait to run through the tall grass and feel the wind in my hair watch Link’s hat flop.

    Legend of Link said:

    I cannot wait…. Twilight Princess… finally this November….. ahhhhh!!!!

    QFE

    28 Days and my sufferings end…
    That is assuming I can even get a Wii when it comes out…
    I already have TP preordered though….so I’ll at least have the game.

    M Warrior said:

    Luce said:

    You bastards with only three weeks to wait! Don’t we poor Brits have it hard enough with the weather and Tony Blair and the bland food? Seriously, my housemates are already bored with me going on about how great it’s going to be and they’ve got seven more weeks of this behaviour to put up with. I’m also going to have to buy my own TV because I’ve been banned from having a Wii in the living room- apparently they’ll be needing it to watch television, not me getting immersed in Zelda.

    The Wii didn’t even come out yet! I hate all those people who “claim” they got a Wii when it didn’t come out yet!! >C

    He… doesn’t claim anything.

    Traveling to Hyrule and beyond…might this just mean the Twilight area?

    These jabbing/slashing/mauling movements sound great, but I feel it might take awhile to get used to hitting things. Heck, I can’t even shoot people in Call of Duty without making my camera go wonky. My Link is going to be jumping all over the screen like a crazy person instead of fighting things.

    It doesn’t take much guesswork to figure out the princess’s real identity, but it’s still a thrill to see her pull back the hood of her cloak and reveal herself.

    It’s Tingle, I knew it.

    The Gale Boomerang, an updated version of one of Link’s longstanding weapons, creates a whirwind that picks up and carries items back to the hero. It’s also capable of hitting targets in a series. After you point to your targets then let go of the weapon, it sails to each destination, causing havoc for the enemies, and even carrying bombs to Link’s target.

    Well, this sounds exactly like the boomerang in Wind Waker. Am I the only one who noticed this?

    The Hero’s Bow is another new version of an item that Link has had in his arsenal for some time. While riding Epona across the battlefield, Link can turn and fire arrows at those who wish him harm.

    Wasn’t there a video of Link shooting fire/bomb arrows?

    Another heavy item, the Ball and Chain, forces Link to walk slowly while he’s carrying it, but powers through enemies and weak walls.

    You mean Link is going to bring the wife along? Ohoh, I kill myself.

    Game sounds pretty cool, makes me wish the next 30 days will pass by in the blink of an eye.

    stupid nintendo, they should of realeased both of them on the same day…

    The difference between this boomerang and the other boomerangs is that this one, when you through it, creates a whirlwind that can rip up grass and ground in dungeons. And if I remember correctly, the boomerang in TWW couldn’t carry bombs.

    • 37. Luce says:

    Majorasblaze said:

    He… doesn’t claim anything.

    No, I didn’t. Just envy, that’s all. (BTW, I’m a she!)

    Wait a second… Nine dungeons? Didn’t Nintendo promise MORE than Ocarina of Time? And last time I checked there’s 9 in Oot. What’s up with that? First, they lie about zelda not having wii capibilities, then they push back the realease date by a month for gamecube (which probably should have came BEFORE the wii version), and now this? I’m starting to mistrust Nintendo.
    And the whole “hero’s clothes” and meeting Zelda (or tingle) so early on sounds a lot like a mix of Wind Waker and A link to the past. I was hoping for more mystery elements, not just “hey link! We need you to save the world while I sit here and act all emo and depressed in my dark and scary outfit!” Who wants to bet that she get kidnapped right before the ending, like in Wind Waker? I hope i’m not dissapointed in Twilight Princess.

    On a better note, there are bomb-arrows in Link’s Awakening? Sweet! How do you get them?

    Prophet of Winds said:

    On a better note, there are bomb-arrows in Link’s Awakening? Sweet! How do you get them?

    I’m not sure if this is just a game glitch or if it was an Easter egg, but…

    You set the A and B buttons to the Bow and Bombs (doesn’t matter which is which). Then, press A and B together, and the arrow’s head will be replaced with a bomb that will explode on impact.

    It’s something that we have seen in the first trailer for Twilight but have not seen since.

    I still need to get Links Awakening.

    Prophet of Winds said:

    Wait a second… Nine dungeons? Didn’t Nintendo promise MORE than Ocarina of Time? And last time I checked there’s 9 in Oot. What’s up with that? First, they lie about zelda not having wii capibilities, then they push back the realease date by a month for gamecube (which probably should have came BEFORE the wii version), and now this? I’m starting to mistrust Nintendo.
    And the whole “hero’s clothes” and meeting Zelda (or tingle) so early on sounds a lot like a mix of Wind Waker and A link to the past. I was hoping for more mystery elements, not just “hey link! We need you to save the world while I sit here and act all emo and depressed in my dark and scary outfit!” Who wants to bet that she get kidnapped right before the ending, like in Wind Waker? I hope i’m not dissapointed in Twilight Princess.

    On a better note, there are bomb-arrows in Link’s Awakening? Sweet! How do you get them?

    There are not nine dungeons in the whole game, there are Nine Temples! Trust me, I did my reading.

    Apparently on IGN one of the editors or something gets to spend 48 hours with TP (on the Wii I believe) next week. I can’t wait to hear about it.

    Also, I read that TP is going to be more than 80 hours long!!

    Prophet of Winds said:

    Wait a second… Nine dungeons? Didn’t Nintendo promise MORE than Ocarina of Time? And last time I checked there’s 9 in Oot.

    lets see, theres the great deku tree,dodongos cavern,jabu-jabus stomach,the forest temple,the fire temple,the water temple (bleh),the shadow temple,the spirit temple,and finally ganons tower (or whatever its called).I would have to asume either 1) the first three dont count or 2) the last one dosent count.either way it makes no sence really.

    M Warrior said:

    Also, I read that TP is going to be more than 80 hours long!!

    I read 100.

    Legend of Link said:

    M Warrior said:

    Also, I read that TP is going to be more than 80 hours long!!

    I read 100.

    I read 200 hours!!!.though I wouldnt be surprised if its just an exaggeration (it is nintendo :P ).

    M Warrior said:

    There are not nine dungeons in the whole game, there are Nine Temples! Trust me, I did my reading.

    I’m sorry. I stand corrected. Wait…there were five temples and four dungeons ( if you include Ganon’s Castle). So… we were both wrong! :-)

    Great Lord Ephraim said:

    Legend of Link said:

    M Warrior said:

    Also, I read that TP is going to be more than 80 hours long!!

    I read 100.

    I read 200 hours!!!.though I wouldnt be surprised if its just an exaggeration (it is nintendo :P ).

    I seriously doubt even Nintendo would say that. It seems too…unrealistic. Actually, has there actually been a non-massive-online-game-that-is-played-
    by-people-who-live-in-their-parents-basement-game that takes 200 hours? Wow, that was a lot of dashes.

    Prophet of Winds said:
    I seriously doubt even Nintendo would say that. It seems too…unrealistic.

    to tell the truth,I dont remember were I heard it.its possible if you include side quests though.

    Halan said:

    Traveling to Hyrule and beyond…might this just mean the Twilight area?

    These jabbing/slashing/mauling movements sound great, but I feel it might take awhile to get used to hitting things. Heck, I can’t even shoot people in Call of Duty without making my camera go wonky. My Link is going to be jumping all over the screen like a crazy person instead of fighting things.

    It doesn’t take much guesswork to figure out the princess’s real identity, but it’s still a thrill to see her pull back the hood of her cloak and reveal herself.

    It’s Tingle, I knew it.

    The Gale Boomerang, an updated version of one of Link’s longstanding weapons, creates a whirwind that picks up and carries items back to the hero. It’s also capable of hitting targets in a series. After you point to your targets then let go of the weapon, it sails to each destination, causing havoc for the enemies, and even carrying bombs to Link’s target.

    Well, this sounds exactly like the boomerang in Wind Waker. Am I the only one who noticed this?

    The Hero’s Bow is another new version of an item that Link has had in his arsenal for some time. While riding Epona across the battlefield, Link can turn and fire arrows at those who wish him harm.

    Wasn’t there a video of Link shooting fire/bomb arrows?

    Another heavy item, the Ball and Chain, forces Link to walk slowly while he’s carrying it, but powers through enemies and weak walls.

    You mean Link is going to bring the wife along? Ohoh, I kill myself.

    Game sounds pretty cool, makes me wish the next 30 days will pass by in the blink of an eye.

    WOW THATS ALOT! :) :D