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- "My name is Chris Houlihan. This is my top secret room. Keep it between us, OK?"
- — Chris Houlihan
The Top Secret Room, also known as Chris Houlihan's Room, is a location from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. It is a secret room owned by Chris Houlihan featuring a Telepathic Tile on the upper wall and 45 Blue Rupees (adding up to a total of 225 Rupees) on the floor. If an error condition occurs while loading a screen, the game's programming sends Link to the Top Secret Room. Upon exiting the room, Link is transported to the outside of his uncle's house, even if the secret room was accessed from the Dark World. Although there are multiple ways of accessing the room, one of the most well-known ways involves Link using the Pegasus Boots to dash from the Sanctuary to the secret entrance to Hyrule Castle on its east side.
In the early 1990s, Chris Houlihan won a contest held by Nintendo Power, the winner of which would have his or her name appear in an upcoming title developed for the Nintendo Entertainment System; however, it was never stated in which game this cameo would occur. Ultimately, the cameo appeared in a Super Nintendo Entertainment System game instead, this being A Link to the Past. In the North American version, the text in the room says, "My name is Chris Houlihan. This is my top secret room. Keep it between us, OK?". In other versions of the game, Chris Houlihan is never mentioned, but the room still appears.
In the Game Boy Advance port, the Telepathic Tile has been removed from the room, and the room cannot be entered normally. It can be seen, but not entered correctly, by glitching or using cheating devices. It is still present on the Virtual Console but is labeled "top secret". Despite utilizing the same game world (albeit with some physical changes), the room is not present in BS The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets.
The following video shows the easiest way to access the Top Secret Room: