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Mario and Link

Or "One and the Same?"
by Bob Grocer

    Hey, I was just wondering what all those pictures of Mario and Co. are doing in the right window of the Hyrule Castle inner courtyard (in Zelda: Ocarina of Time). Somehow the King of Hyrule (who is strangely left unnamed) has acquired some pictures of Mario, Yoshi, and Bowser (I'm probably wrong on which characters are featured exactly, but that's beside the point) and has them on display. I believe that these pictures provide evidence that there are some direct corrolations between the Mushroom Kingdom and Hyrule.

1. First of all, Mario and Link are both charged with the responsibility of saving their world from doom, destruction, and despair.
2. Both have to save a princess (Peach Toadstool, Zelda).
3. Both have an evil nemesis who owns a castle (Bowser, Gannon).
4. Both use an animal as a form of transportation (Yoshi, Epona).
5. Both have a pyrotechnic attack (Fire Power, Din's Fire).
6. Both have an annoying "helper" who gives them (usually pointless) advice along the path of their journey (Toad, Navi).
7. Both wear clothing that matches all over (red plumber's suit and cap, green Kokiri tunic and hat-type thing).
8. Both include cool special suits that give you special powers (Tanooki/Frog/Hammer Bros., various tunics).
9. Both gain new abilities when they become 'big' (Super Mushroom, Temple of Time).
10. Both feature a "bad" guy who's not really bad...he's just greedy (Wario, Ingo).

    Remember, I'm not claiming that the Mushroom Kingdom and Hyrule ARE THE SAME PLACE...that would just be plain stupid and idiotic. I'm just saying that pictures of Mario's characters in a completely different game combined with all of these similarities gives me one heck of a headache!

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