Toki no Ocarina was released on November 21, 1998 in Japan.
Many of the character names, such as Rauru, Mido, Ruto, Saria, and Darunia, are actually names of towns in Zelda 2.
The horse in the game is named after the Celtic horse goddess, Epona.
The lantern-carrying ghosts called Poes are named after the famous horror writer Edgar Allan Poe.
1998 Famitsu: 40/40