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This Zelda Art Collection is Gorgeous

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

And mind-boggling in its range

Of all of Nintendo's franchises, we think a good number will agree that The Legend of Zelda is the series with the most substantial and memorable lore and gaming culture. Mario is a huge seller, while brands such as Metroid have hugely enthusiastic fanbases, but the environments and characters in The Legend of Zelda have developed and taken on a life of their own; it's adventure fantasy that's truly captured the imaginations of millions of gamers.

With a series with such history behind it, there are of course plenty of short films, pieces of art and music to accompany the games themselves. Concept art for the franchise tells a story on its own, and even when the graphics were limited to 8-bit hardware, the imagery of the series was clear in box art, manuals, magazines and more. The number of illustrations dedicated the the franchise, its worlds, characters and items, is truly staggering.

And yet fan-site historyofhyrule.com has collated a significant amount of artwork from throughout the series' history. We recommend browsing through this Flickr gallery at your leisure, which contains an extraordinary 2,569 images. They're not all new, and some will certainly be very familiar, but other examples are perhaps less common and a pleasure to discover — it's also not often that you see so much of this content in one place.

We've picked some that caught our eye in an initial look through, but have a look yourself and let us know what you think.

All images courtesy of flickr.com/photos/historyofhyrule

[via kotaku.com, historyofhyrule.com, flickr.com]

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User Comments (20)

Crimzen_Reign

#5

Crimzen_Reign said:

@Varia01 That and the old school sand monster coming after Link. I redeemed my points at club nintendo for the Zelda posters and I purchased the The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia book and it's full of beautiful images some of which I remember from the NES instruction booklet.

SphericalCrusher

#7

SphericalCrusher said:

Awesome awesome art. Wow. I just recently bought a nice Wind Waker painting off of a friend and hung it in my kitchen. Wouldn't want to overdo it, but could see myself getting one of these if they were available.

Kodeen

#8

Kodeen said:

Very cool.

Though I am a little confused why that last one shows Link, Zelda, and then Link again.

Great_Gonzalez

#12

Great_Gonzalez said:

I love all the drawings from a link to the past instruction manual :D It's a real shame there will be no more printed manuals :(

Nintendolife1

#13

Nintendolife1 said:

I just love all these drawings!!! Legend of Zelda art, music and whole franchise is just the best you can ever find, but looking at picture or drawing from majora mask(people with masks who represent the old giants), make me wish for a remake of Majora Mask on Wii U. Just think the opportunity to use masks power(Goron, Zora and Deku ++) through Wii U Gamepad in different ways, and HD and offscreen gaming :D Just dont think it will fit on 3DS, because it deserve on bigger screen just like it was with the original. But that was just a thought........

Melkaticox

#14

Melkaticox said:

@Kodeen That's not Zelda and Link and Link. That's Link, Hylia, and Hylia's Chosen Hero (the one with the...pointier eyes)

GloryQuestor

#17

GloryQuestor said:

I still have Nintendo's A Link To the Past strategy guide book, which is filled to the brim with artwork, including the first two art-type pictures shown here. There were a lot of articles in it concerning items in the game, accompanied by some excellent painted artwork renditions of each item. There were a lot of "background" articles, like Hylian clothing and customs. They even had a short article on sword tempering.

It was pretty much the 90's Hyrule Historia, and definitely one book the art-oriented Zelda fan should track down. :)

Marshi

#18

Marshi said:

@Kodeen Its from the legend of zelda comic which is in hyrule hystoria.Dont want to spoil it,but it makes sense

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