Zelda: A Link to Past Artwork “Brought to Life” in absolutely stunning animation

Zelda: A Link to Past Artwork "Brought to Life" in absolutely stunning animation
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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Image: Twitter (Parker Simmons) / via Nintendo

If you’ve ever wondered what classic game art might look like if implemented, here’s a cool example. american animator Parker Simmons has turned parts The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past The SNES manual and other materials are turned into living, breathing animations.

The results are absolutely stunning – with artwork from the 1991 Super Nintendo action-adventure brought to life. There are many Zelda fans on social media, not one, who demand an official cartoon in this style we actually got it.

Simmons reveals that the “Link vs. Stalfos” fight was animated in Adobe Animate, has about 110 characters, 70 frames, and the music is taken from the “Sound and Drama” Zelda CD from the 90s. Perhaps most surprisingly, it’s ripped from the SFX Dragon Quest VIII, but it fits! Note: This original art appears to have been taken from here The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts Dark Horse book 2016/17 released.

Aside from the beautifully animated Link vs Stalfos battle, Simmons showed Link exploring the dungeon and talking to Sage:

Parker Simmons is best known as the creator of the Cartoon Network animated series. Mao Mao: Heroes of the Pure Heart. He also worked OK KO! as a writer and in various other roles including voice work.

If you want to see a link to the Legend of Zelda: Past artwork in its original state, there is actually an original PDF guide available there. Official Nintendo website. Don’t forget that you can also play the SNES classic A Link to the Past via the Switch Online service. You need a subscription, of course.

Who knows if we’ll ever see something like this? With Mario now heading to the big screen this April, perhaps there’s a chance Link will leave the late 90s TV cartoon behind and write a new chapter in screen history.

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