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.