It may be over a year since Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but fans have spotted a cleverly-hidden homage to Ocarina of Time.
Almost unrivaled as the two best Zelda titles, the debate is ongoing on whether Breath of the Wild or Ocarina is the superior game. While fans will fight tooth and nail over which entry is better, at least the games themselves seem happy to get along.
Although it may have been highlighted before, Reddit user kamuilyn points out that the seven monks in the Trial of the Sword DLC are replicating the poses taken by the Seven Sages from Ocarina. Looking at the side-by-side comparisons, there is no doubt that the monks are more than just a happy coincidence. From Saria to Ruto, Darunia and Impa, there is no escaping that the Sage's have been replicated for the Trial of the Sword. Given that the Ocarina egg has only just been publicly found, it makes players wonder how many other secrets are still lurking out there in the open plains of Hyrule.
The Master Trials were released in June last year, with Trial of the Sword being a particular highlight. Taking Link on a perilous quest to find the legendary Master Sword, the DLC was just as impressive as the main game. Be warned though, Trial of the Sword's hard mode will test even the most seasoned of gamers.
While Breath of the Wild was a wholly new experience, it didn't stop developers littering nods to Link's past throughout the game. Along with the remains of Lon Lon Ranch and the "Song of Time" playing around the ruins of the Temple of Time, eagle-eyed gamers might be able to spot some Miyamoto art from the very first game. The monks were taken for granted up until now as just another generic bunch of background characters that aren't as interesting as some of Breath's bigger players. However, as a subtle piece of nostalgia, it is some great fan service to the ongoing Zelda series.
Despite being some 19 years apart, it is justice to Ocarina's legacy that Breath of the Wild used it for inspiration. With Ocarina revolutionizing the 3D gaming world, the entire industry owes a lot to 1998's game. No one is sure if Breath of the Wild is finished with its DLC content, so who knows if more Ocarina history can weave itself into the future of the game. That being said, even Zelda fanboys seem to have missed the Ocarina egg, so well played Nintendo, well played indeed.