[April Fools] Hidden 'Miyamoto' Room found in Zelda: A Link to the Past

zelda-hidden-miyamoto-roomNearly 20 years since its release, we expected everything The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past had to offer had been uncovered. However following a tip off from a RetroCollect member regarding an undiscovered hidden room known as the ‘Miyamoto Debug Room’ we began to investigate.

The uncovered room was detailed to offer the full selection of weapons and items early on in the game, just minutes after the first visit to Hyrule castle. Upon hearing the news, our nearest SNES was turned on with A Link to the Past inserted as we headed out into Hyrule in hope of finding treasure.

For those familiar with the name Chris Houlihan, the discovery of a new room should come as no surprise. In the 90’s, this lucky reader of the American magazine Nintendo Power managed to win a competition to have his name featured in the game along with a chamber of rupees. Despite winning the competition, details on how to access Chris Houlihan’s room remained untold until the early 2000’s where it’s location was eventually discovered and uncovered online. More information on this room can be found here along with a video on how to access the room here.

Similar to Chris’s room, the Miyamoto Room has remained a mystery for years. Whether the room was intended to be left in the code or accidentally left in the final version, we are yet to find out. We can only presume it’s original purpose was to allow the game testers access to the full inventory early on in game for further testing. 

Accessing the hidden room requires very little effort and leaves us feeling surprised to hear that ROM hackers had not previously uncovered it. Here are the details:

After finishing the first section of the game in Hyrule castle, head to the lower part of Hyrule town where the 15 second race for the heart container takes place. Take part in and beat the race in under 15 seconds to be congratulated, but leave the heart container alone.

With the heart container still in place, drop down to the lower ground and bomb the nearest wall directly below the third and fourth bricks in the path above. A passage will appear allowing you to enter Shigeru Miyamoto’s debug room, filled with most of the items in game.

Screenshots of the Miyamoto Debug Room Location



As you can see from the screenshots, we were pleasantly surprised to be greeted with the promised room and a selection of items. While you could potentially use a Game Genie or Pro Action Replay cartridge to acquire them earlier on in game, it’s always nice seeing hidden code in game and left overs from the developers.

Having only been able to test the above on a Super Nintendo, we would appreciate it if those who own the Nintendo Gameboy Advance version of the game, to get in touch with us should you also be able to access the hidden room.

We have emailed Nintendo directly for a response on this hidden room, in which we will post the reply here should we receive one.

Last Updated ( 01 April 2011 )  


Better known as Adam offline, Cauterize is one of RetroCollect's final bosses with an unhealthy addiction to pixels. When he's not out searching the web for the latest retro gaming news or creating content for RetroCollect, he'll will most likely be found working on his Sensible Soccer skills.

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(Link to this comment) Emuaust 2011-04-01 09:35
ZOMG, the level of awesomeness in this is mind blowing
+2 (Link to this comment) GeorgieUK 2011-04-01 11:05
Old Klingon Proverb : Venture not to the internet on the day of the fool. All new discoveries made shall be evil.
(Link to this comment) JokerJur 2011-04-01 14:20
It is a good day to be a Joker!
(Link to this comment) hydr0x 2011-04-01 15:01
Awesome, let's see what Nintendo has to say about it :)
(Link to this comment) chocklo 2011-04-01 15:41
:lol: I fell for it! Even dug Zelda out and set up my SNES!!
(Link to this comment) nokgod 2011-04-01 22:32
I was born on this day. I tust no one and nothing ;-)
(Link to this comment) NRGUK 2011-04-04 22:06
This is amazing, could see how this got people!

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