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Nintendo can’t tell two Zeldas apart.

A rather hilarious post at the BS Zelda forum is viewable

A little bit of background; the shrine has lately decided to try looking for an elusive FDS version of the Legend of Zelda named ゼルダの伝説 チャルメラバージョン (“CHARUMERA RAMEN Zelda no Densetsu”) or as such.

(If anyone has any info, feel free to go and post about it there.)

So, anyway, MasterofPuppets decided to give Nintendo a mail asking them about it; here’s his quote.

“Wow, Nintendo has screwed up automated e-Mail answeres, I E-Mailed them about this game here’s what I sent and what I got back.



I was recently reading an online forum and I came across a new topic about a very rare version of The Legend of Zelda for the Famicom Disk System entitled, CHARUMERA RAMEN or in Japanese, “ゼルダの伝説 チャルメラバージョン” I was hoping you could shed more light on this as there is almost no info on it on the internet.



Hello and thank you for contacting Nintendo,

In answer to your question, BS Zelda no Densetsu was a game released for the Satellaview attachment for the Super Famicom in Japan. It was never released here in the Americas.

Nintendo excels at making sure our fans can get back story information, character descriptions, and–most importantly–the information they require to complete the games that we publish here in the Americas. This can happen through our website (www.nintendo.com), Player’s Guides, and Nintendo Power magazine.

Having said that, many details about our games will remain mysteries, left to the active imagination of the player.


Alain Dao
Nintendo of America Inc.”

I can only assume the reason for this mix-up is because Nintendo was compelled to make a “canned response” specifically targeted towards BS Zelda – have they gotten that many e-mails about it over the years? Why does Nintendo not re-release it if they were compelled to this action?

And the lack of info… Does the shrine perhaps know more about BS Zelda than they do?

2 thoughts on Nintendo can’t tell two Zeldas apart.

  1. There doesn’t seem to be much information on this as it seems to be a rare item to find, but apparently some Famicom games might have had some promotional partnerships with various Japanese food companies / products. This one in particular deals with a instant ramen brand called Charumera.

    No one seems to know much more than that or what might have been different in the game as far as I can tell.

    Not sure what this site is but it might be a trading site where you can make an offer on it, or it might be a trading site list for someone who is looking for the game.


    Anyway, very interesting find! I didn’t know it existed.


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