Headscratchers: The Legend of Zelda CD-i Games

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  • Where do the names of characters like Morshu, Fari and Gwonam come from? I would assume that they're from the enclosed instruction book, but I haven't found proof that a manual or guide even exists.
    • As it is written : Koridai has fallen to Ganon and his evil friends! The gentle islanders are being transformed into blood-thirsty warriors. As you speed towards Koridai on Gwonam's magic carpet, you have only one thought: find Ganon and defeat him. Restore the peace and liberate the citizens of Koridai!
    • The Hyrule Alphabet has never been published for research. Morshu, Fari, and Gwonam could easily be common names in Hylian.
    • Anyway, the names Gwonam and Morshu appear in the manual here [1]
    • Fari, at least, if memory serves, was created because of Youtube Poop, where the guy wanted to give the nameless character a name and therefore used some line by Gwonam backwards that sounded like "Fari", which then people that never played the games started to accept as his official name. At least I think that's how it went.

    Mah boi 


  • Why was Zelda barefoot at the end of Faces of Evil? Did Ganon take them? Does he have a foot fetish?
    • In-universe answer: She was sleeping in a bed, most people are barefoot when they're in bed. The implication is that Ganon took her from her bed and she never woke up I think, so he wouldn't have had to take them off if she already had them off.
    • Meta answer: Takes less time to draw/animate?

    Zelda as main character 

  • How come "only Link can defeat Ganon", but Zelda is the star of the other two?
    • Gwonam can't read. Alternatively, his secondary language is English Hylian, and he has studied it so much that he forgot whatever the Hell language "Squadala" is in, which is also the language the supposed prophecy is written in. The only word of his original language he remembers is "Squadala."
    • Maybe the prophecy was "only Link can defeat Ganon in Koridai."
    • Or maybe it's actually "only Link can kill Ganon" and he mistranslated it.
    • They just didn't care.
    • Considering that the scroll used by Gwonam only has gibberish on it, and he doesn't even look at it while he's reading, one could assume that was made up.
    • In Faces of Evil, Ganon kidnaps Zelda without anybody knowing about it. It's only revealed later on with a cutscene. Yet at the end of the Tutorial, Link says "Let's find Zelda!" What.
    • Gwonam does say "See what has happened!", so perhaps he's showing the cutscene to Link.
    • If the Shrine of Koridai lies through Glutko's eye, why does Link kill him? Wouldn't killing Glutko destroy the Shrine of Koridai as well?
    • Gwonam wasn't being literal when he said that, he just meant that Glutko was guarding the way to the shrine.
    • How come Zelda does it in Wand of Gamelon and Zelda's Adventure? Easy - the prophecy was only in reference to that one particular event. As it was written, Link would have to save Koredai, but only he could do that because it predicted that Zelda would be kidnapped. Ain't No Rule saying that, if Ganon decided to attack Duke Onkled, that someone could gather up weapons and take him on. Ain't No Rule saying that he couldn't be killed while in Tolemac by Link - maybe Ganon thought only Link could kill him but as it turns out, it's not.


  • Wait. If there wasn't enough time for Link to bring anything but his sword, why was there enough time for Gwonam to let Link wander around until he found his house before he gave Link what he needed to reach Ganon's lair?
    • He's working for Ganon.
    • He likely had no items to imprison Ganon anyway, and the sword sucked at first. I doubt this one Link had Silver Arrows.

    Zelda and Link 

  • Why did CD-i Zelda say that CD-i Link "did not" just save her from Ganon, despite irrefutable evidence that he did, in fact, save her from Ganon?
    • He kidnapped her IN THE DARKEST NIGHTMARE HOUR, while she was still asleep. She didn't wake up until after Link had already killed Ganon.
    • Because she's a Tsundere Excuse Me Princess.

    Ganon skin 

    Link in the mirror 

  • WHAT exactly was Link doing in that mirror?
    • Ganon imprisoned him there or something. Duh.
    • He fell into a Plot Hole.
    • King Harkinian took the Triforce of Courage to protect himself, leaving Link defenceless against Wizzrobe's spell.


  • Can someone explain to me what was with the weird gestures the characters did when they talked? For instance, in the beginning cutscenes of Wand of Gamelon, Zelda says "A whole month gone, and still no word." As she says this, she makes a circle motion with her right fist in front of her eye and points to the top of the screen with her left. Um...WTF is all I can say.
    • Most people believe that she's crying, and she's rubbing her eye(s?).
    • She's putting on INVISIBLE MAKEUP.

    Normal people 

  • Why is it that the "normal" people in these games (like the pedophile shopkeeper in Wand of Gamelon and the crazy cloak lady) are the ones that are really creepy, while the villains look absolutely ridiculous?
    • TO put it into perspective: these guys fail at everything. Anything they do gets turned on its head. If they wanted to make a normal, average person, we'd get a wrinkled, hideous humanoid. When they try to make a villian, we get this
    • Ushrom and the cloak-lady are supposed to be crazy (look at those eyes!), though there are sane NPCs, like the librarian in Faces of Evil. Speaking about Ganon - this is the first Ganon, who is not a blue pig! In fact, he looks like Ganondorf's first form from Ocarina of Time: darkgreen skin, red-green=brown cape, sorcerer abilities. The developers were freaking prophets!


  • Why couldn't Morshu give Link credit?
    • Jokes aside, Morshu, as well as most shopkeepers, care only about their wallet and not the good of the world. Of course he couldn't just loan bombs to every passing elf.
    • Or lamp oil, or rope...


  • Why didn't the Triforce of Courage protect the King?
    • Because his fat already does so.
    • It only works against guns.
    • The Triforce of Courage is rightfully Link's. The King had no right to take it, and the Triforce only protects people who rightfully have it.
    • But kings could apparently use the Triforce in the Golden Age after Link to the Past... are these... THINGS... canon after all?!

    Shrine of Koridai 

  • If the Shrine of Koridai lies through Glutko's eye, why does Link kill him? Wouldn't killing Glutko destroy the Shrine of Koridai as well?
    • I assume that Gwonam was either speaking metaphorically and saying that Glutko the monster was guarding the Shrine of Koridai (and thus it was in his vision) or referring to the statue of Glutko's head.



  • Glutko eats a guy and says it "tastes just lika a daira". Dairas are humanoid alligators. Wouldn't it make more sense for him to say "tastes just like a cucco"?

    Power glove 

  • How come Link's Power Glove is dyed fabric and Zelda's is plated armor? And why does the upgrade that lets Zelda's sword shoot beams turn the whole blade gold, while Link's upgrade gives him a tiny red decoration on the blade?
    • In both cases, said items were created using different items and different methods(Link's Power Glove was created using a potion while Zelda's was forged like a gauntlet. Link's sword had the fire diamond hammered into it while the fire diamond Zelda had was used to coat the blade). They have roughly the same functions, but look different because of it.