Art work reveals Retro Studios’ cancelled The Legend of Zelda mission

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A now-cancelled The Legend of Zelda mission was as soon as in pre-production at Retro Studios, the Nintendo-owned developer behind Metroid Prime.

Concepts for the mission have been proven off in a number of newly-surfaced galleries of idea paintings, drawn by former Retro Studios contract artist Sammy Corridor (thanks, Shinesparkers).

The tone of the sport was meant to be darkish, and its story designed to supply an origin story for the Grasp Sword set inside the “dangerous ending” timeline department of the sequence storyline – the one which has Hyperlink fail to defeat Ganon in Ocarina of Time.

Maybe most stunning? Sequence hero Hyperlink is nowhere to be seen within the paintings. As an alternative, his place is taken by a male Sheik, a personality usually represented as a hidden guise for Zelda.

“Enjoyable pre-pre-pre-production origin story of the Grasp Sword,” Corridor wrote alongside one gallery. “[Set] inside the dangerous ending of Ocarina of Time exploring the final male Sheik’s (after a genocidal ethnic-cleansing) journey remodeling into the Grasp Sword. All whereas the Darkish Gerudo are giving their 100 yr delivery to Ganon.”

Photographs embrace a petrified Deku Tree, a darkish Windfish-like creature known as the KindlerFish, a model of Majora’s Masks’s Clock City, concepts for the Darkish Gerudo tribe and all method of bizarre landscapes, monsters and enemies.

Corridor labored on the mission between 2005 and 2008, an enchanting interval for the Zelda franchise general. Nintendo launched Twilight Princess in 2006, after spending a number of years in improvement pivoting away from the colorful cel-shaded Wind Waker.

A petrified Deku Tree.

A lot of this paintings is clearly impressed by Twilight Princess, which is smart contemplating the event timeframe – though Nintendo ultimately pivoted again from Twilight Princess’ darker type for Skyward Sword, which launched after a protracted improvement in 2011.

And whereas this Retro Studios mission by no means noticed the sunshine of day, the story of a personality remodeling into the Grasp Sword is one which options closely in Skyward Sword, suggesting some concepts have been taken on by Nintendo, even because the mission itself was shelved.

Corridor’s artwork profile is properly value a browse – there’s additionally just a few ideas for a cancelled handheld recreation mission starring King Boo, one other within the lengthy listing of Retro Video games titles cancelled earlier than the seeing mild of day.

A darkish, trilobite-inspired panorama.
Clock City.
Darkish Gerudo.

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