Ocarina of Time manga gives Saria’s fairy Ocarina a terrible fate
In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the moment Link receives the Ocarina from Princess Zelda seemed odd to some fans. Link had used the Fairy Ocarina, a gift given to him by his close childhood friend Saria in Kokiri Forest. However, after grabbing the Ocarina of Time, the Fairy Ocarina disappears from Link’s inventory. This led several fans to ask what happened to Saria’s Fairy Ocarina in Ocarina of time. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time manga offers an explanation, but it’s even more heartbreaking.
What happens to Saria’s Ocarina fairy in ‘The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’?
At the beginning of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Link lived and grew up in Kokiri Forest. However, since all Kokiri have a fairy companion, he always felt like an outsider. The Kokiri Saria kissed Link and the two became close friends.
Link feeling like an outsider made sense when the Great Deku Tree revealed he wasn’t a Kokiri at all and sent him to see Princess Zelda. However, Saria stopped him before he left Kokiri Forest.
Saria gave her the fairy Ocarina, a keepsake to remember her and the forest. Link’s companion Navi encourages him to revisit the forest after meeting Zelda for the first time. Link’s childhood friend teaches him Saria’s Song outside the Forest Temple.
However, as Princess Zelda and Impa escape from Hyrule Castle when Ganondorf attacks, she casts the Ocarina of Time. In the middle of Ocarina of time, the new item replaces Saria’s Fairy Ocarina with no hint of what happened to her.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time manga offers a possible explanation, however.
‘The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’ Manga Suggests Saria’s Ocarina Fairy Is Destroyed
While fans and Nintendo do not consider The Legend of Zelda canon manga stories, the books attempt to fill in some of the gaps.
When Ganondorf chases Zelda out of Hyrule Castle and finds Link at the drawbridge, they fight. However, young Link stands little chance against King Gerudo.
So what happens to Saria’s Fairy Ocarina in the Ocarina of time manga?
Ganondorf knocks Link down and takes the Fairy Ocarina, thinking it’s the Ocarina of Time. Later, when he realizes his mistake, he crushes it in his hand.
Unfortunately, Saria’s gift to Link seems destined to disappear from The Legend of Zelda series. However, he almost came back in the Ocarina of time following, Majora’s mask.
Early preview screenshots had Link using Saria’s instrument in ‘Majora’s Mask’
While Saria’s fairy Ocarina may have disappeared in Ocarina of timeNintendo might have planned to bring it back in Majora’s mask.
In early August 1999 pre-release screenshots, The Cutting Room Floor spotted the Fairy Ocarina equipped with Link’s right C-stick.
With Majora’s Mask taking place after Princess Zelda sends Link back in time, Nintendo might have already planned for Link to return the Ocarina of Time and use Saria’s Fairy Ocarina.
However, with Majora’s Mask emphasis on time travel, it makes sense to use the Ocarina of Time.
While Saria’s gift to Link never really saw a happy ending in the game or the Ocarina of time manga, she still left an impact on the series. Fans never forgot the first heartbreaking 3D goodbye Zelda Game.
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