This page explains in detail the interactions between the Harvest Moon series and the Zelda series.

Harvest Moon DS: Island of Happiness (NTSC/PAL versions)

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This game features a carpenter character named Gannon, possibly in reference to Ganon from the Zelda series and the way his name was mispelled in the original game. He is a muscular man, and has his lower teeth coming out of his mouth, somewhat like fangs, so there could be a similarity with Ganon.

In the original Japanese version, however his name was Goran, so given that the name Gannon is not a coincidence, it's safe to say that the refernce to the Zelda series was added by the localization team, rather than the creators of the original game, noting a similarity with Ganon (unless the name Goran was based on Goron, but that's a stretch).

Gannon also returns in Harvest Moon DS: Sunshine Islands, since it reuses many elements from this game.


No specific license was needed for such a small reference, given that it's not a coincidence.