The release of the Wii U and the advent of HD gaming in the world of Nintendo has led many fans to speculate what the next Zelda game will look like. The opportunity for realistic visuals could tempt Nintendo to create a grittier, darker version of its fantasy series, but chances are it won't be quite as downbeat as these illustrations by Dave Palumbo.

Palumbo is a freelance illustrator who has worked for the likes of Marvel, Wizards of the Coast and Blizzard, and his vision of Link is a little more extreme that Nintendo would possibly like - as you can see from the images below.