Egg from Links Awakening originally planned for A Link to the Past
Ideas flow wildly during a games development. Many don't make it into the final game, or are changed drastically from their original incarnations. These kinds of scrapped ideas, as well as other interesting tidbits of information, are often revealed years and even decades after a game's release, and The Legend of Zelda games have plenty of them (which I plan to document in the future; more on that later).

In a recent Official Nintendo Magazine interview with Retro CEO Michael Kelbaugh and Nintendo SPD producer Kensuke Tanabe, the latter revealed an interesting tidbit of info from way back when regarding ALttP and LA. Everyone who has played Link's Awakening knows of the iconic egg that sits atop Mount Tamaranch. It turns out that the concept of the egg was originally planned for the previous Zelda title: A Link to the Past. Here's what Kansuke Tanabe had to say about it:
Again, exactly as Michael said, it is nearly impossible to put every idea that we come up with into our games; these ideas vary from small ones to big ones. To tell you one of my personal experiences, I worked on the overall concept, storyline and structure of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and there were some ideas that didn't make it. Out of these ideas, there was one I really wanted to see in a game and we finally decided to use it as one of the basic concepts for the setting of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening a few years later (this was, in fact, that the world ends when a massive egg breaks on top of a mountain).
There's still a goldmine of fun factoids that dwell in the minds of the developers of the games we love. It seems the only prospector for these nuggets are the occasional interviews in which they participate. We can only hope more interesting facts come from the horse's mouth more often. I know I'll be on the lookout!

In other news, today is The Legend of Zelda's (and my grandma's) birthday! It's been 28 years since the original release of The Hyrule Fantasy on the Famicom Disk System, and the series is still going strong. Happy birthday Zelda!
DekuLink on February 21, 2014 in Zelda
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