One of the most memorable moments of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was undoubtedly its incredibly stylish prologue sequence. Against a backdrop of beautiful rendered images and Hylian script (and who can forget the wonderful accompanying music), the sequence told the basic narrative of Ocarina of Time and gave vital backstory to Link's new adventure as he set out across The Great Sea.
Well, it turns out that a physical scroll of that exact sequence exists, originally handed out to those reviewing The Wind Waker back during the GameCube era, making the scroll itself nearly two decades old.
You can check out the lovely scroll in the video below, courtesy of Lucas M. Thomas from Nintendo Force Magazine. He says the scroll is now incredibly rare and sought after by collectors, and we can see why — it's gorgeous!
At the time you're viewing the video, the scroll is now in the hands of a private collector, to protect from the prying hands of Lucas' children. Smart move!
It's unclear exactly how rare the scroll is, but we're betting there are only a handful remaining in decent condition after nearly 20 years. What we'd love to know, however, is whether you've seen one yourself, or even better, whether you own one! Let us know in the comments below.
I guess there is a window where it is okay for gaming "journalists" to profit off of swag and not look like weasels. So it's about 20 years then?
It's cool, but I'm fine with not owning it.
The days of me spending too much money on things I'm scared to touch or use are long gone. That and I'm poor, yay
Hmm, if there is a high quality canvas image of this then maybe I can print my own. Anyone got a source?
I still perfer my post card for Ocarina that says 'Will Thou get the Girl? Or play like one.
Very cool. I would definitely hang one of these on the wall if Nintendo put them up for sale.
To be honest when I see that scroll, I think of sitting through 10-15 minutes of slow unskippable cutscene whenever I wanted to start a new game on the gamecube. That one, and the one from Okami, have driven me crazy over the years!
Ngl your sarcastic ALWAYS negative "jokes" are getting old
This is fantastic! I'm very jealous of anyone that owns one, it would be on permanent display in my house if I owned it.
@FroZtedFlakerZz My bad. How about this re-write?
I am glad there is a window where it is okay for gaming "writers" to profit off of swag and not look like weasels. So it's about 20 years then?
It is good that they can finally make some money selling stuff that gaming publishers gave them in order to receive better reviews in their various publications.
@N64-ROX lol. So relatable. 100% agree.
@dew12333 ah yes. ye olde misogyny.
That's very cool. You know if one were so inclined, I bet it wouldn't be too difficult to create a replica. Not for scamming people of course, but just to have one.
@MostHandsieBoy Sorry that came off way more aggressive then I meant it too lol, but like isn't that basically what signed things are? autographs? If you get that much collectibles, you probably can't keep em all. I get what you're saying tho, I wouldn't sell that if I had it. But I'm glad the world gets to see it because of this!
Not everything requires negative input though, just make a neutral or positive joke instead, steer clear of strife!
@FroZtedFlakerZz There are many articles where gaming "journalists" write about how swag doesn't affect their writing. Their reviews of a game and what-not.
Well how about this guy? Who sold an old piece for an undisclosed (presumably large) sum to an anonymous buyer and then bragged about it? Does that affect his writing going forward? Or past?
Sure it does. Just another example how bought and paid for these guys are with trinkets. Writers are geeks by their nature - they will do anything for this type of bs - and now they are profiting from it. Awesome, right?
And then an article, here in fact, celebrating a past or present writer (who cares right) profiting off of review swag. Lol. Just make sure you never take any of these people seriously.
One of the most memorable moments of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was undoubtedly its incredibly stylish prologue sequence
Memorable? Only if you count me remembering that I thought ‘why can’t I skip this boring intro?’
They did fix that in the HD remake though and I remember that too.
That is amazing! Wow, what an incredible treasure. Definitely a rare gem indeed.
@Kimyonaakuma Things are, in the end, just things. I have some rare things, worth nothing, but cool to have. But nothing more than that, cool to have.
I have an N64 Magazine keychain of Link as drawn by Wil Overton, which I still enjoy having, but it wouldn't kill me if I didn't have it no more.
The memory of being featured in N64 Magazine is worth more. And that my drawing was Wil's fave.
@MostHandsieBoy idk, ppl working retail jobs get to take home products the stores sell sometimes. I think it's akin to that, but it definitely could be seen as a bribe of sorts. I would like to see the review scores or everyone who received these, or at least they should have to disclose it at the beginning of the review, that they were given gifts by ppl associated with the game they're reviewing.
@twztid13 this was worthless when he got it - he sat on it until a likely streamer was willing to fork over dumb money for it.
Retail people have no influence over anything. They truly don't exist unless you are high fashion in NYC or Beverly Hills or Milan, etc.
I honestly don't care - but gaming "journalists" constantly extol the virtues of their craft. Which I always found funny. They are geek culture exemplified - and broke to the extreme to boot. They used to be the most pliable group out there - until streamers came along. Imagine be9ing a publisher and being able to do anything you wanted as long as you could pay a streamer - straight to usually untouchable groups like kids. Heaven for a marketer.
The music played in my head the moment I saw it.
I own one. Had it for about 9 years now
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