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Penny Arcade and Nintendo Team Up for Zelda Comic

Posted by James Newton

Out this week

After the announcement of Nintendo's collaboration with West Coast Customs, here's another, only slightly less unexpected team-up.

Nintendo and Penny Arcade are joining forces to create a series of webcomics for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, starting this week. According to Nintendo:

The comics include characters and themes from the new game, and are drawn in a style that combines the game’s distinctive new look and Penny Arcade’s signature style.

You can get your first taste of it right now with the first panel of the Penny Arcade Zelda comic.

Nintendo News: Nintendo Joins Forces with Penny Arcade to Create Original Comic for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo has teamed up with the creative team from the popular Penny Arcade online comic strip to create a special comic in celebration of the Nov. 20 launch of The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword for the Wii™ console.

Starting today, the first of five weekly comic panels will appear on The comics include characters and themes from the new game, and are drawn in a style that combines the game’s distinctive new look and Penny Arcade’s signature style.

“I was 14 when I first played The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past,” said Penny Arcade artist Mike Krahulik. “That was 20 years ago, and today I am introducing my son to The Legend of Zelda. The opportunity to work with Nintendo to create a Zelda comic is not only an incredible honor, but quite literally a childhood dream come true.”

For more information about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, visit


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SpaceKappa said:

That's awesome! I'm a huge Penny Arcade fan and I love seeing Mike and Jerry play in someone else's sandbox. I can't wait to see how this turns out.



Junior117 said:

Didn't Nintendo learn their lesson from the CD-i days?: never license their IP to anyone... EVER!



V8_Ninja said:

I'll admit; if Nintendo's goal was to get my attention, they succeeded. While I'm not quite sure this is a good idea given Penny Arcade's lack of any narrative structure, I'm still really interested to see what they put out.



SpaceKappa said:

@V8_Ninja, have you read anything they've done besides their comic proper? When they set out to tell a story (Cardboard Tube Samurai, Lookouts, On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, all their Penny Arcade Presents stuff) it's incredible. They're fantastic at creating and fleshing out worlds, they just choose not to for their comic strip. Knowing Jerry's writing and Mike's art, this is going to be simply fantastic.



FriedSquid said:

Ooh, this could be very interesting.
EDIT (after reading first page of comic): Wait.... What?



RoyalBlur said:

This is the most exciting news that I've seen this morning!!!!!!!!

This makes me even more excited about picking up Skyward Sword. I love Penny Arcade and I'm truly hoping that Nintendo and Penny Arcade will put this comic in paperback on the newsstands because I definitely want to have a physical copy of this!

@ yoyo1212, as much as I want a Zelda anime and movie (Peter Jackson or Andrew Adamson) a comic is just as awesome and a step in the right direction!



theblackdragon said:

never been a fan of Penny Arcade, but i'll give this a shot at least. i'm curious, did they write the story as well, or did Nintendo give them the story to draw for?



Popyman said:

That first panel does not give me high expectations for this...

"A cloud stole you, and you are gone."

...really? >_>



RoyalBlur said:

@Dude, it's all about the mystique! You're supposed to read and let your imagination do the rest. I simply wish it was more than five little panels.



Henmii said:

Cool! However, I hope they will keep the comics online for a few months because I first want to play the game from beginning to end. I fear the comics will spoil a lot of the story!



StreetRat said:

People are stealing me? O.o
In all seriousness, this doesn't look all that bad. though I've never been a fan of PA's style of art (specifically of humans)



Punny said:

I've never really looked at Penny Arcade. I'll have to give these comics a go!



Shadow_Chad6982 said:

what comes to mind is a certain snowman song

Snowman, First you were tall then you were small and now your just some coal and some sticks



Syrup said:

Awesome! I love Penny Arcade!

They're also doing the bonus comic for Asura's Rath



HanuKwanzMasBif said:

I liked the art... but... "a cloud stole you, and you are gone?"
I mean, they could've pulled off some cheesy dialogue, but not THAT.



motang said:

This is so cool, and the news is they made time from their busy schedule for this.

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