“Make Paper Zelda a Reality” Says IGN Blogger

TimothyNovember 14th, 2012 by Timothy

With the release of Paper Mario: Sticker Star in North America on Sunday, fans of the 2nd dimensional franchise have started dreaming about a transition towards a spin-off Zelda series revolving around the world of paper. The dreaming has become so intense that a blogger for IGN has written a whole article in a bid to create hype toward Paper Mario developer, Intelligent Systems, producing a franchise labelled “Paper Zelda”. IGN sees a Zelda title revolving around a paper mechanism as being a sales-worthy title that will capture the hearts of fan around the world by giving off a vibe of freshness and newness into the Zelda franchise.

Are you interested in learning about the possibilities which may occur if this project became reality? If so, hit that jump and learn some more about elements which the IGN blogger says could be implemented into a “Paper Zelda” title.

The blogger for IGN claims that the Mario and Zelda series are very similar in regard to Mario and Link’s personalities, partners, and villains. In regard to weapons, just as Mario uses his jump and hammer abilities to attack so could Link use his sword and another of his acclaimed items to fight. Healing HP could be as easy as drinking some Lon Lon milk and the cash system could be as easy as using rupees.

I think a “Paper Zelda” game would be excellent especially if created by Nintendo’s underrated developing team, Intelligent Systems. It may seem weird using Link in a paper-themed world yet I’m sure opinions would change after giving it a go. The Paper Mario series is mostly brilliant and expanding that would reap plenty of benefits for Nintendo’s economy as a whole. You may read the full article on the advantages of a “Paper Zelda” by clicking this link.

What are your thoughts on the idea of “Paper Zelda”? Would you buy the game if it became reality? Do you think Zelda needs such a spin-off? What ideas do you have for a “Paper Zelda” title? Please let us know by writing your opinions below!

Source: IGN

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  • Inigo

    I’ve got a fever and there’s only one cure: More Zelda!

    • linkypete

      and some cowbell.

      • Linkfan99



  • Kyliemale

    It should be noted that the article referenced here is not written by anyone employed by IGN. It is a blog post from their community site. That being said, What a Great Idea!!

    • 81jono81

      That was actually written from one of my friends on there. Speaking of which, unless you just have the same name, YOU’RE one of my friends on there.

      • Kyliemale

        haha What’s up Jono!

    • Timothy

      Thanks for the heads up! I just fixed the post :)

  • ZeldaFAN

    I would love to see a third person RPG Zelda game by Intelligent Systems but not in “Paper” style.

  • Random Man

    That would be great, but I think it should be more like Super Paper Mario.

    • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer


      • The Hylian Monolith

        Thank you for reading our minds, L_T_U_C. Chronomancers rock, btw… just saying. I want to control time, but I’m just a enormous rock. But I’m not.

        • baileygirl99

          Chronomancer is a cool word,IMO

  • H37I

    hey, as long as we get more zelda in the between the original games that are being planned in the future, this would be awesome.

    • Skeeterbyte

      I completely agree. I keep hearing “Majora’s Mask 3D,” but I would much rather have a new game. I don’t mind the spin-offs or remakes as long as they keep producing the new titles.

      • H37I

        and i agree with you there on your last point. i mean, yeah, i would love to have the 3ds remake for the sake of it being a portable game but otherwise, i just don’t see the need to remake it. the game is great on it’s own, it doesn’t necessarily need a remake. as long as they continue working on the upcoming originals, i think all of the zelda fans here would be happy.

        • JernMcGuair

          Honestly, I didn’t care at all for Ocarina of Time 3DS. I’d much rather have a Wii U remake of either ALttP or MM just so I have something gorgeous to look at and a great game to play again while I wait for the new game, although the time taken to create the remake would just detract from resources being put towards the new game, so I’m just contradicting myself here.

    • mwc1985

      I’d rather wait for a REAL Zelda game than have a cheap, cartoony, joke to pacify me until they release the new Zelda Wii U / Zelda 3DS. But hey, that’s just me.

  • blabla

    What new would this bring to the Paper series other than the characters? absolutely nothing. That is why I personally think that this is not a good idea. Zelda doesn’t need more spin-offs and this would not bring anything new that would make it worth making. But that is just my opinion though.

    • pokeninja183

      does Zelda have a spin off other than the Tingle series?

      • The Hylian Monolith

        Well, I’d had enough after Tingle spin-offs after Rosy Rupeeland.

        But don’t forget that awful CDi Zelda’s Adventure. Ugh. Does that even count? It’s not Nintendo…which is part of why it sucked. Anyway, I know that I don’t want a Paper Zelda, unless it’s actually good and isn’t called Paper Zelda.

      • BlackRaven6695

        There was Link’s Crossbow Training on the Wii.

  • Skeeterbyte

    I love Paper Mario, but I don’t know about “Paper Zelda.” Don’t you think it should be called “Paper Link” since Link is the main playable character? Anyways, Paper Mario is an RPG. (Though, Super Paper Mario for Wii was a 2D action-RPG.) TLoZ is already an action-RPG, but it would be a good way to bring the 2D action from AoL back. I wouldn’t make it an actual turn-based RPG.

    • Mich

      Zelda isnt an RPG moron, learn about gaming

      • lol!

        He labelled it an ‘ACTION rpg’ See that word there? Action?


        Read up, learn about gaming. Moron. x

      • Skeeterbyte

        Thank you for the insult, Mr. Know-it-all. TLoZ is labeled both as action-RPG and action-adventure. What’s the hate for, numbnuts? I was probably playing the original before you were born, given your child like insults.

  • itsameluigi1290

    Paper Zelda: The Pencil of Destiny.

    Yes I know it’s overused but I COULDN’T RESIST.

    • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

      The story-line? Link makes his way to the sacred realm, but gets stuck halfway between the two realms, and discovers a new realm: The Paper Realm. Once there, he discovers the QuadForce, which has been shattered. Link must use the Pencil of Destiny to Draw the pieces of the QuadForce so that the portal to the Sacred Realm can open and Link can get the Triforce, and kill Ganon in the normal world.

      • http://www.facebook.com/MaaShinn Matthew Shannon

        are you george lucas?

        • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

          Darn, you figured it out. I had to do SOMETHING with my writing skills since Lucas Arts sold the rights to Star Wars behind my back… It’s just not the same, though, knowing this won’t be made into a movie. *sighs*

          • http://www.facebook.com/MaaShinn Matthew Shannon

            since you admitted it. have you seen the 70 minute phantom menace review?

          • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

            I haven’t. I’ve stopped caring about Star Wars after I found out that my staff sold it to Disney. (It’s “Veggie Tales” all over again.) *sighs*

          • http://www.facebook.com/MaaShinn Matthew Shannon

            i think you stopped caring aften empire strikes back…

          • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

            No, after then I still cared [about money and the commercializing opportunities that more in the series would bring]. I’m loyal to my series. Whathoo talking ’bout?

          • The Hylian Monolith

            Huh. Either you’re lying and not worth my while, or it’s seriously cool that you’re a Zelda fan. :) And I barely knew three until I started drawing Link as a girl…don’t worry, I’ll do a regular OoT Link soon. And a SP(Shadow Plage-my GameInProgress) one,and a MM one, anda Ww one…ect, ect.

      • itsameluigi1290

        That… is an awesome story. I’ll have to remember you for when I’m a game designer later, you could be a great help, story-wise!

        • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

          Or you could remember me when you post another “The Legend of Zelda: The such-and-such” comment. ‘Cause since I can’t come up with as good names as you (“A New Hope” >:)) I’ll have to just post comments like that to get us both more likes.

          • itsameluigi1290

            Well, I’m glad someone like those kinds of comments. Thanks!

      • Linkfan99

        I think QuadriForce is more accurate. It also sounds better.

        • Ethan Goh

          I wonder if anyone can tell me what a quadforce is.
          Seriously, is it a square with four yellow squares and 5 blank spaces or what? im confused…

          • Linkfan99

            No, it is 4 triangles.

            the TRIforce is 3 triangles,
            the QUADRIforce is 4 triangles.
            (The 4th being in the middle of the other 3)

  • http://www.facebook.com/SkullK1ngX David Joseph Thomas

    An interesting idea at the least. I’m a big fan of Paper Mario games, so this could be interesting, but I’m afraid that it won’t capture the hearts of Zelda fans. I’m not a fan of the cartoony Zelda, like in Wind Waker. I think the cartooniness took so much away from the Hero of Time that it ruined the grand sincerity of the world of Zelda. My fear is that a Paper Mario style game may do the same. I would play the game, but I can see why many people wouldn’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Sir.Thomas.of.Cliffordshire Thomas Clifford

    yes….yes yes yes!!!!

  • mwc1985

    Yes, what a great idea. And hey, how about Zelda Kart racing? And Zelda Party? Oh and we can’t forget Zelda Tennis, Baseball, Soccer, and Golf! While we’re at it how about Baby Zelda.

    Okay, so I got a little asinine there, but you get my point. Those games are gimmicky, which work fine for Mario because he’s a gimmicky character in the first place. However, I don’t think the Legend of Zelda series would work well with those kind of gimmicks. But hey, that’s just my opinion.

    • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

      Maybe not Paper Zelda, but turn-based with a little humor thrown in couldn’t hurt. But the other things, yeah. There’s a reason Zelda has 17 games and Mario has over 9000. Nintendo cares more about what they put into Zelda.

      • Red-tuniclink

        Skyward sword,wind waker and spirit tracks had some humour….

        • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

          Exactly. People keep saying that Paper Mario’s style won’t fit in Zelda, but it did perfectly. I have a lot more fun with how much humor Paper Mario has. “Marty-o you say? That’s a funny name.”

      • Linkfan99

        IT’S OVER 9000!

      • mwc1985

        I think it just depends on the type of humor. There have definitely been humorous moments in Zelda games and I would gladly welcome more humor as an occasional tension breaker. Not sure how I’d feel about a turn-based Zelda game though. I like turn-based games, but am very hesitant that it would fit in Zelda. (Besides, Mario’s already done that too!)

      • JuanK

        I think they should make Nintendo Kart Racing with a bunch of Nintendo characters. They have a Super Smash Bros., why not a Super Racing Bros.? They can come up with a better name though…

    • IMFWeirdo

      I completely agree with you, I think Nintendo should save Mario for all the really family/party-friendly stuff, and keep Zelda a more “hardcore”-gamer thing. That’s what they’ve been doing for the past decade or so, and I was pretty surprised when Zelda Battle Quest was announced, because that’s more Mario territory. I’m fine with the Battle Quest thing, but I don’t want Zelda to be overriden by gimicky spin-offs like Mario and Final Fantasy. I’ve always been proud of Zelda for its quality, and having so many spin-offs would make Nintendo more money but lower the high quality associated with the Zelda title.

    • john

      there are lots of animals that could be used in a zelda racing game witch could be awsome

    • JernMcGuair

      You act as if Paper Mario was a bad game. I understand your point, but Paper Mario (At least the first two in the series) isn’t really gimmicky, and the first two were absolutely fantastic. I completely agree that Zelda should stay the same though, I was just a bit offended that you put Paper Mario on the same level as Mario Party.

      • mwc1985

        I never meant to offend anyone, so I’m sorry if you were. Maybe the gameplay of the first two wasn’t as gimmicky, but the paper animation style is a gimmick in itself. I think that LoZ works better with less gimmicks. As much as I loved the gameplay of Wind Waker the toon graphic style for the characters was as a bit radical for my tastes in a Zelda game. If Zelda were paper I think that’d be crossing a line.

        It’d be opening itself up to relentless paper jokes:
        Link the Hero of Paper.
        Ocarina of Paper.
        Master Paper Sword.
        Does Link paper-cut bosses/Ganon to death?

        To me that sounds epically… LAME!

        I never meant to equate Paper Mario and Mario Party, I was just saying that those are Mario spin-offs featuring gimmicks. And that the whole Mario concept is a gimmick to begin with, so liberties with the character in those spin-offs are okay. Zelda has never been and should never be, in my opinion, a gimmick or given gimmicky spin-offs.

  • Someone

    I’m a big Paper Mario fan, but I don’t want to see a “Paper Zelda”
    I think the Paper Mario series is standing on it’s own, and I think Zelda doesn’t need to do everything Mario does.
    And I find Super Mario more fitting for these kind of spin-offs. I would like to see a new Zelda game instead, but that is just my opinion, I love both series.

  • Japas

    I know I would buy it.

  • Oris

    Paper Zelda probably wouldn’t be bad, but I think the series can do better. In all honesty, they should go back to basics. Once the remake for ALttP (and/or MM) are finished, I think they should do another game like the original. No story, just chopping up enemies and exploring. Then again, going back to that style in this current day and age might make it feel like an Elder Scrolls game, and to be honest I stopped liking those games a long time ago. :/

    • Red-tuniclink

      The new game would be here before the MM/ALLTP remakes,plus what the point in going backwards like that?

  • Wendy

    No… just no.

  • faror

    No!!!!! Don’t do it! I’m a fan of the more “Realistic” Zelda games not that any of them are necessarily “Realistic” but the games that aren’t very kiddie in a sense. I think that the idea is just insulting to the Zelda franchise!

    • Ganon’s Baker

      So, do you dislike windwaker then? that wasnt very realistic and is still one of the, if not the best zelda games

      • mwc1985

        That’s a matter of opinion. Not everyone liked Wind Waker.

  • Orngeblu

    ;-; I don’t like this idea!

  • Lord Carlisle

    I don’t want this to happen. Paper Zelda would likely become a spin-off series, and I think the Zelda series is too… grand to have spin-offs.

  • Konyuna

    Well….there’s already a paper mario.

    And yarn kirby.

    I think Zelda is just fine staying with the Toon fad.

    After all, Toon Link is pretty adorable.

  • CourageBringsSuccess

    The article isn’t saying that a “Paper Zelda” should take the place of a new Zelda game. There are already two “new” games (one for the WiiU and one for the 3DS) that we can assume to be in the development stage at this moment. “Paper Zelda” would merely be a spin-off; something refreshing to put out there in between creating the more serious titles. I personally love the idea and feel as though Intelligent Systems can pull it off, with the right guidance. On another note, it seems almost selfish that some people are saying no solely because *they’re* fans of the more realistic games as opposed to the “kiddie” ones.

    • mwc1985

      No offense man but I don’t think a Paper Zelda game would be a “refreshing spin-off.” It would be a cheap, cutesy, and an overall joke to the series. Zelda is heavy on story and feeling. I just don’t see how they could make a Paper Zelda game that could satisfactorily employ story and emotion with that graphic style.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MaaShinn Matthew Shannon


  • Twister27

    What the author of the article failed to discuss is the gameplay. Would this just be a standard Zelda game with paper-style graphics? Would it play like the Paper Mario series? Would it be something new entirely? I would be happy to see a Paper Zelda if there is a reason to make one, but this article didn’t really present such a reason.

  • kingofredlions

    I’ve been thinking about this for a while now. I think it would be such a great idea, you know! So many varieties of partners and weapons. And just think of Link fighting in a turn-based fight! I can just imagine it already. They could have his first partner be a chuchu or and octorok, which would be equivalent to goomba in the mario world. Then have the partners be stronger. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a poe, stalfos, or darknut fighting by your side? I think it would be worth it.

  • TheFrostDragon

    Hm… Wait, why doesn’t Zelda have another RPG game yet? What the hey Nintendo!

    • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

      Unless you count Zelda II… I personally love RPGs, but some Zelda fans might think it’s too Pokemon or whatnot.

  • Ganon’s Baker

    I think we will get enoph of “paper zelda” in scribblnauts wii u. still interesting though

    • pokeninja183

      Spelling Nazi! It is “Enough”!

      • Eric Callahan

        It’s actually ‘Grammar Nazi’, not spelling Nazi. Correct spelling is part of grammar. If you’re going to be a grammar Nazi, I simply ask you to get it right.

      • The Hylian Monolith

        It is enough. As Eric Callahan kindly states below(or above…? Disqus can be fun like that), it’s Grammar Nazi, and I don’t like Grammar Nazis. I make typoes all the time, and hate getting trolled(or Nazied) for it.

  • Aaron hill

    sounds interesting.

  • TrueMasterSwordWielder

    Paper Zelda…
    I’d play that. And no, I’m not sounding dirty

  • http://twitter.com/Popje667 Sean Gaffney


  • MiniJen

    Oh my gosh yes…. NINTENDO, PSST! NIntendo…. MAKE THIS GAME A REALITY! I think that its tone and style would be reminiscent of the bright, colorful and often humorous style of the Wind Waker, and that would be so neat! I could see Hyrule coming alive in paper form now and I’d love to see RPG turn-based style battles only with unique Zelda twists thrown in. I think that Nintendo should do this at least for the 3DS. I would totally buy it!

  • Twilight Gale

    Oh no.

  • Irishdragon5

    Ok, the paper Malon is cute…

  • Roth

    Paper Zelda…

    with Zelda II style gameplay…

    in a 2.5D plane like Paper Mario.


    (Actually, just give it the art style of PH’s opening storyboards. Paper shmaper, let’s see some flannelgraph action!)

  • MJO1450

    Woot go MyIGN!!!

  • Hylia


  • Poppy

    No, thanks. That’s a Mario thing, not really Zelda.

  • baileygirl99

    Not necessarily in my interests for Zelda, but a good idea. I believe that it just works better for Mario.

  • Noah

    This is completely unreasonable. Zelda is a stable franchise with a small number of titles but therefore with a constantly high quality. The Zelda franchise would never move to an unoriginal theme that has been already used within the mario franchise. And just consider, how do you want to achieve an innovative combat system with a paper world style? Making it round based would make it like Paper Mario and any classic RPG. I don’t think that would go well, since a Zelda game just has to stay in third person perspective. Such a paper world would not be as visually engaging, as the WiiU or 3DS could display it and Zelda is known to showcase a consoles capabiliities. Nobody wants a failed gimmick like the Tingle side-franchise.

  • Kitsune

    why so much hate for the paper zelda, i think it would be nice as long as they made it more like the first two (turn-based rpg), or make a zelda game kinda like mario rpg

  • Zachary Morris

    There should never be a game called “Paper Zelda”. There should never be a Zelda spinoff either. However, a mainstay canon Zelda game with a paperesque art style? Now that I can back.

  • TheRealist

    When Paper Mario was first created, those people came up with the paper concept and combined it with Mario just because it would not have sold well without well known characters. Now the Paper Mario franchise has been established. You don’t need Paper Zelda. Zelda wants to stay a unique franchise. Just like all other franchises. You can’t just take a concept from Mario and copy it to Zelda…

  • Zeldafan854632

    Paper Mario was a cheap idea, this shouldn’t happen to the Zelda series!

  • Link-of-Lylat

    Make it like Thousnd-Year Door, and they’ve got a hit!

  • Wind waker link

    cool! this would be a great game if they didn’t screw it up somehow.

  • GoPaperZelda!!

    yes yes yes

  • I LOVE Paper Mario.

    NO. Shut up.

  • I LOVE Paper Mario.


  • John Claudy

    Would buy it faster than a Paper Mario game!

  • BlackRaven6695

    Although I’m fully on board with the series experimenting with new ideas and styles this article seems to just suggest simply putting Zelda stuff into an otherwise typical Paper Mario game, which I don’t see the point of. It would need to have clear differences from Paper Mario.