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Shigeru Miyamoto's Favorite Enemy In The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time

Even 25 years later, "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" remains in the conversation about the most important games in the series. While the secret-filled world of "The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past" may have laid the groundwork for how each entry in the franchise would be designed after it, it was "Ocarina of Time" that not only brought the series into the third dimension, but also had an indelible mark on the medium as a whole.


With its intuitive targeting system and clever controls, "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" allows players to confidently approach even the most intimidating of enemies. Meanwhile, Link's growing arsenal of items and weapons gives gamers a number of different ways to approach combat throughout Link's journey. With all of that said, though, there is one enemy that invaluable Nintendo mastermind, and "The Legend of Zelda" creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, prefers above all of the rest.

Miyamoto likes the Deku Scrub the most in Ocarina of Time

Did You Know Gaming did a deep dive into the classic Nintendo 64 game, "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time," and they managed to unearth Shigeru Miyamoto's favorite enemy from the game along the way. While fans might expect Miyamoto to pick Ganondorf or one of the other incredible bosses from this particular iteration of Hyrule, Miyamoto went with a much more subdued choice.


One of the first enemies that players meet in "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" is the Deku Scrub. The enemy teaches Link important lessons early on, like how to block incoming attacks, how to deflect projectiles back at enemies, and that help can come from the most unlikely of places. It seems to be this variety that appealed to Miyamoto most about the creatures.

"I like the Deku Scrubs. Sometimes they attack you. Sometimes they talk to you. Sometimes they sell you things," Miyamoto said. "I like them because you can't tell if they're an enemy or an ally. I wanted to put more characters like that in the game, but the Deku Scrub ended up being the only one we included," Miyamoto went on.

While Miyamoto might have wanted to put more of this sort of enemy in "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time," it's safe to say that many of the enemies in the game — and other elements like the helper fairy, Navi – have since become staples of the series, as have other innovations that the first three-dimensional "The Legend of Zelda" game brought into the series.