There’s a secret hidden in the GDC 2011 trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and you’re forgiven for not noticing it.

Back in early March, Nintendo released a fresh new trailer for its upcoming Zelda: Skyward Sword, and it looked pretty nifty. Plenty of gamers around the world are looking forward to it with good reason.

Watch the original trailer, and pay close attention to the music there. Nothing out of the ordinary, right? It’s appropriately bombastic for a trailer, and the dramatic crescendos and swells fit the Zelda series’ grand adventure perfectly.

Now, play the trailer backwards – like you see here to the right. This is another story altogether, as about 14 seconds in, gamers who played the iconic Ocarina of Time should hear something very, very familiar. If you can’t make it out, there’s a rip of just the relevant music up for listening here.

It’s unmistakably “Zelda’s Lullaby” from OoT, but what’s less certain is just what this all means. So the main Skyward Sword theme is “Zelda’s Lullaby” in reverse; does that mean there will be an in-game connection to it? Perhaps it will be a plot point, or perhaps there will be direct ties to OoT.

Now I’m wondering if perhaps the mystery improvements and additions to Ocarina‘s 3DS port will have some tie-in to Skyward Sword, like how Valve changed Portal‘s ending to lead in to Portal 2.

Or, on the other hand, it could just be that the game’s composer was feeling particularly lazy and uninspired the day he wrote the music. Either way, it’s certainly interesting but I’m not sure if it will actually end up being relevant.

(Thanks, Alai!)

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