The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is Hiding Totaka's Song and Other Musical Easter Eggs

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is Hiding Totaka's Song and Other Musical Easter Eggs

19 notes is all you need.

Are you familiar with Totaka's Song? It's a simple 19-note ditty that's hidden in many games scored by Nintendo composer Kazumi Totaka. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening was scored by Totaka (whose digital persona is the guitar-strumming dog K. K. Slider from the Animal Crossing series), where you'll find the titular theme if you know where to look. Turns out you'll find the theme in the Link's Awakening remake, too.

GameXplain discovered the remake's iteration of Totaka's Song is pretty much where you'd expect to find it. If you stand still in Richard's Villa for a little while, the Song plays, much as it does in the original version of Link's Awakening. Prince Richard is a main character in The Frog for Whom the Bell Tolls, a Game Boy game that never left Japan—and is also composed by Totaka.

That's not the only audio Easter egg you'll find in either version of Link's Awakening. GameXplain went on to discover if you type your name as "Totakeke" (Totaka's nickname) on the name entry screen, you get a particularly funky rendition of Totaka's Song. While this secret is exclusive to Japanese versions of Link's Awakening for the Game Boy, it works in international versions of Link's Awakening for the Switch.

Finally, writing your name as "Zelda" still earns you a funky rendition of the original Legend of Zelda theme.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for the Switch is a great adaptation of a great game, aside from a few frame rate issues. See for yourself (and listen to Totaka's Song for yourself) when the game comes out on September 20. In the meantime, spend some time thumbing through our guides for Link's Awakening.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve,, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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