The Legend of Zelda Oddities

A 25th-anniversary look back at a dozen strange sidelights of Nintendo's classic fantasy game.

Posted by  | Monday, February 21, 2011

A Sound-Shy Monster
While playing The Legend of Zelda, you’ll eventually encounter a monster called a Pols Voice. It looks like a rabbit-head suction cup with big ears. The US Zelda manual says they have a key weakness: they “hate loud noise.” But that advice applies only to the game’s Japanese version.

The Japanese Famicom included a microphone built into the unit’s second controller (seen here). Upon encountering Pols Voice in the Japanese version of the game, one only had to shout into the microphone to kill all Pols Voice on the screen. Unfortunately for Western players, Pols Voice are much more challenging to defeat without that special ability.

(Photo by Benj Edwards)

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23 Comments For This Post

  1. chris Says:

    Or you could just play the flute and freak them out.

  2. Mark Says:

    "Or you could just play the flute and freak them out. "

  3. Michael Says:

    ""Or you could just play the flute and freak them out. ""

  4. Moopie Says:

    """Or you could just play the flute and freak them out. """

  5. JaredNewman Says:

    A save slot in slide six! What an honor.

  6. Benj Edwards Says:

    You know it, man. I think I stumbled across the Technologizer community Zelda cartridge. 🙂

  7. Mark Says:

    I remember that 1987 commercial all too well. I was 11 and the only thing in the world I wanted was to buy an NES to play The Legend of Zelda. I saved for almost a year and bought it at my local Sears. Remember when Sears had a toy section?

  8. OldGamer Says:

    There was a second cartoon produced in the 90s as well.

  9. Charles Says:

    I still Have the First NES and the Zelda game set. I get it out some times and play just to see if i still remember all the hidden items. My dad has the first Atari and a lot of the games for it. Does that tell my age.

  10. MLStrand Says:

    My friend Jazzy, who collects games/game consoles said:

    I’m surprised they didn’t include in that list the CD-i Zelda games! there were 3 Zelda games that were released on the Phillips CD-i – the only Zelda games to appear on a non-Nintendo console!

  11. Arnum Says:

    I believe I am the only human to have never played The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy. I have a Wii, is it worth getting? Maybe I will rent it for one night first.

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    LOOOVE zelda @ Arnum it is VERY worth it to get! These are rpg classics that should never disappear.

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    Arrows kill Pols Voice easily, 1 arrow will go through a row of them.

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  22. Julien Says:

    What a nice post. Thanks for for bringing back good memories! I am glad I stumbled upon this.

  23. Andrew Says:

    I know when I first read about Pol's Voice weakness, I immediately thought "use a bomb – that'll be loud", and it seemed to work. Never even knew about the microphone on the Japanese Famicom at the time.