I am such a huge fan of Easter eggs in games. I just love the idea of developers sneaking in nods to other games, pop culture topics, and more. Turns out Nintendo is a fan of Easter eggs as well, and this one has taken quite a long time to discover.
The image above features a painting found in Super Mario 64. We've all passed it a million times, but never really thought mcuh of it. Twitter user Hitei ran by it plenty of times as well, but one pass gave him moment to pause. He noticed that he was speeding by a major Easter egg for all these years.
Both Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time were in development at the same time, but Super Mario 64 came out first. Nintendo decided to sneak in a reference to Ocarina of Time that players wouldn't ever catch at first, because it would be some time until Ocarina of Time released. The painting in Super Mario 64 is a visual representation of the notes in Ocarina of Time's 'Song of Storms.' The spacing on the first/second not might be a bit too large, but I think there's too much other evidence in the comparison to have this be a coincidence.
I mean, I'm absolutely flabbergasted. In all my years of chronicling Easter eggs for GoNintendo, this has to be the best one I've ever seen.
HUGE thanks to Kolma for pointing this out!
UPDATE - Seems there's debate as to whether this is an Easter egg or coincidence. We'd love to know what you think. Cast a vote in our Twitter poll!