[An image for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess game. Link stands at an angle in the foreground, dressed in green with his sword strapped to his back. A shadowed figure can be seen over his shoulder where the image fades to black.]
In 1986 The Legend of Zelda was released in Japan for the Famicon Disk System. It was released in the United States and Europe in 1987 and later converted for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Today, the Legend of Zelda series is one of Nintendo’s longest-running and most popular video game series. The games typically center on three characters: the protagonist, Link, Princess Zelda, and the evil Ganondorf. Despite differences in story or setting, each game in the series is made to feel similar through the use of secondary characters, places or items presented in other games. The mystical artifact known as the Triforce also features heavily in the series, as an item that Link is often tasked to protect, or retrieve.
In the nearly thirty years since The Legend of Zelda was created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka for Nintendo, the series has become home to 17 official games, several spin-off games, an American animated series, and several manga adaptations commissioned by Nintendo. The series received it’s biggest bump in popularity in 1998 with the release of Ocarina of Time. The first websites for the fandom went up during this time, when the internet as we know it was still new. Many of those sites are still online for fans to enjoy.
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WHAT. JUST. WHAT!?!?! : DDDDDDD
I would follow that man everywhere through those woods.
Link (Steampunk version) from The Legend of Zelda
I just had to paint this.
Inspired by one of the Assassin Creed official artworks found here, except I made my own version that represents the Legend of Zelda. Link has finished his adventure, with Ganon slayed in the background (as you can see his orange mane in the rain), and the Master Sword rested in the ground beside Link as he falls to his knees, looking up into the sky as it starts to rain to wash the blood, pain and evil away.
I kinda wish we would get a Zelda game as mature as this, but it’ll probably never happen. So all I can do is draw the scenes for my own entertainment!
Made by studioofmm
Skyward Strike by Amanda Virtudes
Were Not In Hyrule Anymore by Luisa Uribe
Part of the Iam8bit Art Show.
Lost Windows: Gohma - by aquanut
fuckyeahlink: Princess Zelda
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - Link Sidling