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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild features an alternate ending

Coming from an IGN interview with Eiji Aonuma... (Google translate)

"There is an alternate ending if you meet certain criteria. If you do a few things, you may see a different ending."

I have played all the Zelda titles, but I can't remember an alternate ending in any of them. Am I forgetting something, or is this a first?

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reyvgm
Fri Jan 20 17 09:34pm
Rating: 6

I'm disappointed in you all. Link's Awakening doesn't have a secret ending. It just shows a picture of Marin if you beat the game without dying.

These are the only Zelda games with MULTIPLE endings:

Completely different endings:
Ancient Stone Tablets - If you fail to complete all the dungeons in time, you'll get a bad ending.
Oracle of Ages/Seasons - Both games had the regular ending, and a second "true" ending when you use the password from the other game.
A Link to the Past (GBA version) - if you beat the secret dungeon, you'll get another ending.

Slight variation endings:
Legend of Zelda - You'll get a different congratulatory message if you beat the second quest.
Link's Awakening - Shows a picture of Marin after the credits if you beat the game without dying.
Majora's Mask - During the credits, scenes will not happen if you didn't find the masks relating to those characters. The masks missing will be shown instead.
Spirit Tracks - Before the last battle, Zelda will ask what you want to be. Depending on what you answer, you'll see three different scenes after the credits.

Ahh.. the perfect excuse to play through it more than once!

Link's Awakening had a secret ending if you beat the whole game without dying.

Oh boy another timeline!

Majora's Mask has a few variations in its ending.

Link's Awakening did, kinda, with Marin flying through the sky... and the Oracle games had a different ending for beating Ganon, which you could only do by linking the games. Those aside, I can't think of anything.

Fri Jan 20 17 09:20pm
(Updated 2 times)

Link's Awakening/Majora's Mask-style secret ending that has no effect on anything outside of the game's own story, or Ocarina of Time-style timeline split? I feel like the former is most likely.

EDIT: Ah, forgot about the Oracle games. But those are just a variation on the former type as well.

Hmm, might want to start putting those behind a spoiler tag, RMC.

How is this a spoiler? If the article specifically said what the alternative ending was, then that would be a spoilers.

Spoiler?! LOL this is anything but.

reyvgm
Fri Jan 20 17 09:34pm
Rating: 6

I'm disappointed in you all. Link's Awakening doesn't have a secret ending. It just shows a picture of Marin if you beat the game without dying.

These are the only Zelda games with MULTIPLE endings:

Completely different endings:
Ancient Stone Tablets - If you fail to complete all the dungeons in time, you'll get a bad ending.
Oracle of Ages/Seasons - Both games had the regular ending, and a second "true" ending when you use the password from the other game.
A Link to the Past (GBA version) - if you beat the secret dungeon, you'll get another ending.

Slight variation endings:
Legend of Zelda - You'll get a different congratulatory message if you beat the second quest.
Link's Awakening - Shows a picture of Marin after the credits if you beat the game without dying.
Majora's Mask - During the credits, scenes will not happen if you didn't find the masks relating to those characters. The masks missing will be shown instead.
Spirit Tracks - Before the last battle, Zelda will ask what you want to be. Depending on what you answer, you'll see three different scenes after the credits.

chozoboy
Fri Jan 20 17 11:34pm
(Updated 1 time)

I think there was a trigger for something to change in the Ocarina ending... maybe it was unfreezing King Zora adds him to the party... I'm pretty sure that something was variable in the party scene. Maybe it was the scarecrow or the bunny hood on the running man... it's been a while.

To be fair it's not quite a picture of Marin, merely her sprite with wings flying by at the end.

But yeah, more of a variation than a true alternate ending.

reyvgm
Sat Jan 21 17 06:56pm
Rating: 1

That's on the GB version. The GBC version shows a picture.

hamr
Fri Jan 20 17 10:01pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 3 times)

I imagine this might have something to do with the whole 'You can go after the final boss directly from the beginning of the game' thing. Kinda like going after Lavos at the start of Chrono Trigger.

In addition to some scenes being blocked out if you did not get all of the masks, Majora's Mask technically had an alternate ending if you let the timer run out. >.>

Spoiler

My guess is that you get different endings depending on how much of Hyrule you have restored (it's the Master Sword of Resurrection after all), or depending on what you changed in the time 100 years past.

I love multiple ending games

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