Egg from Links Awakening originally planned for A Link to the Past
Ideas flow wildly during a games development. Many don't make it into the final game, or are changed drastically from their original incarnations. These kinds of scrapped ideas, as well as other interesting tidbits of information, are often revealed years and even decades after a game's release, and The Legend of Zelda games have plenty of them (which I plan to document in the future; more on that later).

In a recent Official Nintendo Magazine interview with Retro CEO Michael Kelbaugh and Nintendo SPD producer Kensuke Tanabe, the latter revealed an interesting tidbit of info from way back when regarding ALttP and LA. Everyone who has played Link's Awakening knows of the iconic egg that sits atop Mount Tamaranch. It turns out that the concept of the egg was originally planned for the previous Zelda title: A Link to the Past. Here's what Kansuke Tanabe had to say about it:
Again, exactly as Michael said, it is nearly impossible to put every idea that we come up with into our games; these ideas vary from small ones to big ones. To tell you one of my personal experiences, I worked on the overall concept, storyline and structure of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and there were some ideas that didn't make it. Out of these ideas, there was one I really wanted to see in a game and we finally decided to use it as one of the basic concepts for the setting of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening a few years later (this was, in fact, that the world ends when a massive egg breaks on top of a mountain).
There's still a goldmine of fun factoids that dwell in the minds of the developers of the games we love. It seems the only prospector for these nuggets are the occasional interviews in which they participate. We can only hope more interesting facts come from the horse's mouth more often. I know I'll be on the lookout!

In other news, today is The Legend of Zelda's (and my grandma's) birthday! It's been 28 years since the original release of The Hyrule Fantasy on the Famicom Disk System, and the series is still going strong. Happy birthday Zelda!
DekuLink on February 21, 2014 in Zelda
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PTH celebrates 5 years
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the official launch of Portal to Hyrule. In honor of today, the forums are getting an upgraded layout a little early (details after the jump), and I'll be streaming either OoT, MM, TWW, or TP; all day (you guys decide). So please join us on the forums for these festivities! Streaming will start whenever and will last all day.

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DekuLink on June 28, 2013 in PTH
Birthday PTH
Four more years! Four more years!
It's already been 4 years since PTH's official launch in '08. We started out as Fans of Zelda in October of 2006, but in December of that year, I changed the name to Portal to Hyrule and got the domain name as a gift. The rest is..... well, pretty boring.

But after almost 6 years, we've come a long way. We have a wonderful dedicated community. Though small, they've stuck out this entire time. After a long "dry spell," PTH is ready to get back on its feet, but we need help. We need serious staff to help give PTH some motion. If you want to know more, click here.

Today, I will be streaming over at the forums, so stop on by. Explosive has also said that he might stream later tonight.

Here's to four more!
DekuLink on June 28, 2012 in PTH
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Remember, Dodongo dislikes smoke
Our beloved series, The Legend of Zelda, is now 25 years old! It's hard to believe that two-and-a-half decades ago, Nintendo began one of the most popular gaming series of all time. The Legend of Zelda, released on February 21, 1986, was the first action-adventure game to feature a save option, allowing players to complete the game at their own will. Zelda was also non-linear, and focused on completion of the game rather than attaining a high score. Miyamoto's brain child was the first NES title to sell 1 million copies, which would later be surpassed by A Link to the Past (selling 4.61 units on the SNES) and Ocarina of Time (selling 7.6 million copies on the N64).

The Zelda series has witnessed two decades of turmoil, change, love, and bad clothing, but has managed to still come out at the top unscathed. On a personal note, Zelda was the first gaming series I fell in love with, and the enjoyment I get from playing the games has never faded. What does Zelda mean to you?

Maedhros on February 21, 2011 in Zelda
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Party hard!
Today is PTH's birthday, and that means an epic stream party hosted by Deku! Head on over to the forums (be sure to sign up!) to join in on the fun.

Maedhros on June 28, 2010 in PTH
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The title of this update is...
On this day, an odd even number of years ago, our fearless leader DekuLink was born. Everybody wish him happy birthday!

Maedhros on June 22, 2010 in Other
Birthday PTH
Happy Birthday, PTH!
Today marks the one year anniversary of PTH. It's a big milestone, though our site is still relatively small. We are growing, and plan to continue to do so.

I'm on the forums as I type this, streaming LIVE all day. So come hang out with us!
DekuLink on June 28, 2009 in PTH
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