Does the Chris Houlihan room exist? And who is Chris Houlihan?
Welcome to another in our weekly Gamebusters series. For first-time readers, in this series I track down popular gaming myths and attempt to debunk them. Sometimes I’m successful and other times I end up proving that the myth in question is, in fact, true.
This week I’ll be tackling another Zelda myth, the legendary Chris Houlihan Room. For those unaware, the myth is centered around The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and states that if you perform certain feats, such as entering a region via damage, whether it’s from a bomb, enemies, or something else, and proceed to fall down a hole (from the south) while wearing the Pegasus Boots, you’ll be transported to this room.
Another method to access the room is to utilize a series of well-timed dashes with the Pegasus Boots. Gamers utilizing this method start at the Sanctuary and go all the way to the secret entrance that Link used to enter Hyrule Castle’s dungeon the first time.
The room itself doesn’t really contain much, according to the myths. It does contain 45 blue Rupees (totaling 225 Rupees) and a telepathy tile that states, “My name is Chris Houlihan. This is my top secret room. Keep it between us, okay?”
Myth or fact? This week’s myth is actually fact. There is indeed such a room in the game, though it is not accessible by normal means. In fact it is only utilized when the game cannot understand Link’s placement on the Y-Axis in the title, thus making it a debug room of sorts.
A YouTube user by the name of MaddHatts has posted a video showing five different methods of accessing this room:
The room is also in the Game Boy Advance version of the title, although the telepathy tile doesn’t state Chris’s name. As for who Chris Houlihan is, it turns out that back in 1990, Nintendo held a contest in their magazine, Nintendo Power. This contest required a gamer to take a picture of the elusive boss, Warmech, in Final Fantasy, and mail it to Nintendo Power. Of the entries received, one would be randomly selected as the winner and appear via cameo in A Link to the Past.
Chris Houlihan managed to snag the grand prize in this contest, thus cementing his name in the game.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Gamebusters. If you have any myths in mind that you’d like to see me tackle, you can post in the comments and I’ll make them a priority. Happy gaming!