Artwork Inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

JesseOctober 15th, 2011 by Jesse

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is probably one of the most overlooked games of the series. In fact it didn’t even start out as a real game. One of the developers was messing around with a dev kit to make a fishing game. Soon more and more of the Zelda team started to stay late and work on it as an “after school project”. It was then released on the Gameboy and the future of handheld Zelda was born. It was quickly re-released as Link’s Awakening DX and had some new content added into the game. Since then many Zelda fans have picked the game up to discover its incredibly bazaar and unnatural world.

It is definitely one of the better Zelda games in my opinion and now thanks to it being released as a download for the 3DS, I feel like even more people will be able to experience all of its weirdness. Playing the game you can tell the Zelda team was having fun creating this title from all of the Mario and other completely unrelated characters showing up. So when I found some unearthed Katsuya Terada artwork that GamePro posted, I wasn’t that surprised. Feel free to make the jump to see the incredible artwork for yourself!

Artist Zac Gorman recently dug up this post from French site Cartooniste Robuste that compiles a lot of the artwork that Katsuya Terada put together for an old The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening guide in Nintendo Power.

The pieces take a lot of liberties with the source material, but as the blog points out, the stark contrast in color makes them highly effective (and beautiful to look at) pieces.

Source: GamePro

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  • FiSword

    Link's Awaking had a very strange but good story.

  • FiSword

    I mean AWAKENING. OOps

  • link's shield

    real nice pics jesse! keep 'em comin'

  • unknownman

    this aritcle popped up in my face

    • unknownman

      my mistake pictures. I was thinking so much about Skyward Sword articles (that is awesome) that i placed articles there.

  • earthtemple

    I love that art style. Link's awakening is my favorite game, and I like the way these pictures capture the game.

    • Link vs Inuyasha

      I like the art style like WW and TP. I don't know why but its like I could stare at it for ever. That looks amazing too.
      Weird ha, most people like one and dislike the other and few ever love both.

  • GreenLink

    I love those pics!

  • SkywardSword

    My favorite handheld/2D Zelda game :)

    And IMO the most creative.

    • Subrosian

      Oracle games beat it solely for the annoying "how the compass works" dialogue.

  • ocarina of DEATH

    what happened to my comment?

  • Kikirini

    4 times my comment has been deleted for no reason.

    • Jesse McCarty

      Sorry.. Im on the staff and my comments get automatically deleted sometimes. If you use certain words the ZD robot attacks =P

      • Kikirini

        I didn't swear, didn't put in any urls… I'm not sure what caused it to attack DX

        • http:/// awsomeMrlink

          The word f"i"rst can sometimes activate it.

          • Kikirini

            Well that's no fun. I guess I can't recount how much I love Link's Awakening because I played it before any other Zelda games…

          • http:/// awsomeMrlink

            1st doesn't though

  • Crono

    omg you guys just didnt post this >.> mases would know better

    • Mases

      One of the staffers saw it on GamePro and drafted it. Probably worth a post since so many haven't seen this stuff.

    • Mases

      Although… referring to it as Fan Artwork… an obvious no-no

      • Jesse McCarty

        on the site that I found it on it said the colors were edited in it.. idk maybe i misread

      • comment

        I thought it was a good change from all the SS stuff, so I liked it.

  • RedDekuScrub

    I've seen most of these in the updated Link's Awakening walk through! The Cuckoo one creeps me out!

  • Thareous

    Very unique pieces of art.

  • Miguel Hernandez

    man i wish played this game before but every time i try to it messes up on me

  • Zora

    yeah I have had these on my computer since 1997. Nothing new to see here guys.

  • rulerofyourface

    Ok, I love the artwork and all, but something must be brought to everyone's attention. I think that we as gamers need to start a petition to prevent ESRB from rating every game with little fantasy violence e10+. Back around 5-8 years ago, the ratings were perfect, everything was rated the way it should have, but lately I have been seeing games such as Kirby's Return to Dreamland and a new family resort-style game being rated E10+. Do you guys realize what that could do to the sales of the games?! Half of the Kirby fan-base is under the age of 10, and what kind of family would buy a game rated for a family of teens and adults. There were even children in the trailer that looked 7 to 8 years old. Something really must be done, there are about twice the amount of E10+ games than E games. I know this is unrelated to the article, but I feel really passionate about this.

    • RedDekuScrub

      I think I get what you are saying… BTW Kirby's return to Dreamland is going to be awesome! I can't wait for next Sunday!

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  • Hylian

    Yeah I saw these like 15 years ago, whast so new about these?

    • Mases

      Nothing… but it got picked up by GamePro recently and we decided to repost it.

      • @MelorasWorld

        It's been so weird to see all the news posts about these. I just wonder: Why didn't you just post all of them then? You know the source, you should have the 600dpi raws in the shared folder, and it would have made you guys look like you knew more about them than even the major game sites. X)

    • Emin

      I for one like posts like these about older games, even if it may not be new. Zelda has a lot of newer younger fans that have just discovered the series because of Twilight Princess or the DS games, so it's good to look back at older games that made the Zelda series.

  • Poor_Spelling

    bizarre NOT bazaar….


  • davidini

    The gameboy games are always overlooked. A shame because they're so much better than the latest original handheld zeldas..

    • RedDekuScrub

      I think Minish Cap and the Oracle games are the best hand-held ones!

      • davidini

        Can't wait for the Oracle games to come to the e-shop. Hope they don't get left out of the 25th anniversary celebrations!

        • RedDekuScrub

          I KNOW!!! I keep on waiting for them to be released!!! But so far it seems that only Gameboy games (excluding Links Awakening DX) have been released…. :(

        • A_LINK_IN_TIME

          I anticipate big hits like the Oracles, Pokemon Blue/Red, and Kirby's Dreamland 2 to hit next year unless Nintendo gives us a holiday surprise :D

          • RedDekuScrub

            Yeah, they can't release ALL of the good games at once!

  • sikora360

    Lol im not surprised links awakening was an after school project. one of the strangest official Nintendo zelda games.

    • RedDekuScrub

      I know! I remember hearing that they felt like it was a parody of a Zelda game!

  • Zeldariox

    These pictures are fantastic, I thought that the zelda 2 art was great but since ive finished this game more and have more memories, these real;ly touch home for me.


    Link's Awakening may no longer be the best handheld Zelda game but it remains the most revolutionary.

  • RedDekuScrub

    WAIT!!!! You can't get the lantern in Link's Awakening!!!!! O_O …………………………………………

  • Secret_to_Everybody

    That is the most intense cucco-flying image I have ever seen.

  • fused_shadows

    i played links awakening recently, and absolutely loved it. i love the cucco pic. lol

  • SNOlink

    Love these pictures.

  • @ben5292001

    Why are my comments automatically deleted!

    • @ben5292001

      Sorry, but I am posting about these, and it just keeps showing up as being deleted by the administrator…

    • RedDekuScrub

      This seems to be happening to a lot of people……. There's only one explanation……… ONE OF THE ADMINISTRATORS IS A TROLL!!!!!!………………………………….JK!

      • @ben5292001

        lol… Ok, thanks. At least it isn't just me…

  • Sage_Of_GaGa

    Huh. These are great images. They remind me of a '90's comic or a certain corny video game show made in the '80's… WELL EXCUSE ME PRINCESS!!!!! No but these are really good. I can't recognize all the locations, being that I still haven't finished Link's Awakening yet, but these pics are astounding. Think if these were hand-drawn, how long that would have taken. ;)

    • @ben5292001

      Certainly. I recently finished LA, and it was one of the best Zelda games to fate, for me. And, of course there really are cool. The only location I cant completely figure out is the one with the cucco. Where is it, again?

      • Crash

        The broken bridge on Tal Tal Heights that leads to eagle tower :)


      When will you start regularly returning to ZD?

      • Sage_Of_GaGa

        Now. Or after the SS spoilers die down.

  • robotortoise

    The drawings are awesome! I especially like the one where Link is holding onto a cucco!

  • The Last Hairbender

    Those drawings are amazing! It's a very unique artstyle, I wish I could draw like that… all I can ever draw is anime and that's overhashed and not unique at all ;)

  • Ninty

    "This is definitely a new take on fan art for me." …What are you talking about here? You even said it was official art for the guide for Link's Awakening (If Terada is a Zelda fan, then I guess it technically would be). Anyway, I always thought this artwork was amazing even before I knew where it came from (I think Axle used Terada's artwork of the Thunderbird in an article once). It is definitely my favorite of all the Zelda artwork Nintendo has used for anything ever.

    P.S. I'm pretty sure the cucco just looks big because of the perspective.

  • Ninty

    I also like how he draws that girl pretty realistically in terms of body proportions.

  • Irene QueenofSpades Kim

    one thing i loooove about Links awakening is the giant egg on the mountain :P

  • chanch

    I just finished Link’s Awakening Today a few hours ago and let me say, it was the most unusual and fun game I’ve played in a while.

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  • KornGP47

    This is one of the weirdest Zelda games I have ever played, and yet, I have no problem with it. :D

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  • Tektite

    Huh, that's pretty cool, not how I imgained the pictures were gonna look, good style though. :)

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