Videogames' 2nd Greatest Mystery Revealed

For a long time now, there's been an internet joke involving a supposedly poorly-translated line of dialogue in Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link. This is the line in question:

I am Error.

I hate to spoil your fun, but there is nothing grammatically wrong with this sentence. He is just telling you his name. His name is Error. Error is his name. That's what he's telling you. If I were to say, "I am Flying Omelette", that's not bad grammar or a mistranslation. It's a perfectly legal, complete sentence, with subject (I), verb (am), and predicate (Flying Omelette).

It has been so long since I've played this game, that I could not remember if there was a reason Error tells you his name, but apparently there is. Site reader Broderick Gabara says:

"Later on in the game, someone in Mido tells you to ask Error about something. Error tells you the location of the King's Tomb. This faq discusses it."

Well, there you have it. Mystery solved. The fact that another character in the game refers to him as Error proves that it's his name. Let's lay this puppy to rest now.

What's the first greatest mystery?

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