If you like yourself some Star Trek — and what intelligent, attractive person doesn't? — there's certainly plenty of it around at the moment. New series, new films, new games; it's a bountiful time for fans of the final frontier. Star Trek: Picard is currently deep into its second season, with the full main cast of The Next Generation confirmed to be returning in Season 3, and the upcoming Star Trek: Strange New Worlds seems to be offering a return to the episodic planet-of-the-week-style format that fans of 'Legacy' Trek have been jonesing for.
However, we recently stumbled across the beginnings of a fan project that loaded our torpedo bays with more nostalgia than that, even. Behold a bold meeting of two of our very favourite things in the universe: Star Trek: TNG and Zelda: Majora's Mask.
Artist-animator @Amaruuk is the genius responsible, posting on their fan art Twitter account @SpinaSanctuary, and as you can see from the tweets below, the low-poly mixture of MM X TNG looks utterly incredible.
The idea seems to have started recently, when they tweeted the fabled words "What if Star Trek, but Zelda 64????" before posting a 64-bit rendition of Captain Picard's Ressikan flute from 'The Inner Light' soon after:
The artist decided that the episode 'Masks' — a rare late-TNG misfire that falls into the so-bad-it's-fascinating category — was another natural fit for the Majora's Mask mash up. Observe a beautifully blocky Picard having just found the mask of Korgano:
From there the artist made quick progress with low-poly versions of iconic Trek objects, plus Commander Data playing his violin and the redoubtable Commander Riker on the 'bone, both rendered in glorious 64-bit form:
And finally some audio to go with Jean-Luc's Ressikan flute. Pass the tissues, will you? We're getting a bit weepy...
For fans of both franchises, this feels like the most perfect mix imaginable. We've already pondered the whereabouts of the great Star Trek console games — and a Star Trek: Prodigy game was recently announced for Switch — but it's amazing to see that there's hope yet for nostalgic Nintendo fans who like a bit of TNG.
The likelihood of this "ongoing low-poly personal project" ever being something playable is remote, but we'll gladly take a steady flow of gifs like these in our feeds. You can see more of the artist's work on their Artstation page or via Twitter. They're also open for subs on Ko-fi and stream on Twitch, too (where we glimpsed Lt. Worf with his trusty bat'leth). Be sure to express your great joy and gratitude.
Let us know below on a scale of 10-10 just how much you'd love to play Star Trek 64.
Absolutely a solid 10 for me. Most Star Trek video games fall short, and now I realize it's because they don't include musical minigames based on each crew members favorite instrument.
For this mod I would gladly pay 15 bars of gold pressed latinum.
@itslukec this is sold exclusively at Quark's Bar in Deep Space 9! Buy your copy today, and when you do you get a free spin on the Dabo Wheel!
Kiteo, his eyes closed why no one has thought of this before.
@Natsura the wheel is rigged. We all
This is beautiful and celebrates a time when Trek rocked.
The newer shows are dystopian, edgy, depressing, dumbed down messes. It's no use reuniting the TNG cast next season if it's still coming from Picard's writing staff. But these lovingly created tributes to 90s-era Trek are truly inspired. Very cool share
Ha, how nice Makes you want an actual game so bad.
@sleepinglion Sadly yes. Just watched the latest Picard episode… They don’t seem to have any understanding of the unique potential of science fiction as a genre. It should be about grand concepts, thought experiments, exploration, imagination, infinity… instead we get a depressingly introvert approach, basically everybody is going to the shrink and resolves their traumas and relationship issues. That stuff could be any show really. Oh and we’re back in today’s world. Think small.
Oh, dear. Two of my favorite things in one.
I love Star Trek (everything except for that awful original series (though some of the movies were okay)) nearly as much as I dislike the Nintendo 64! Still, these GIFs make me feel nostalgic for a past that could have been.
That is amazing, I'm a huge Star Trek fan and would absolutely love a game in that visual style. Gonna have to rematch TNG now
@NintendoWife You nailed it. Every character is struggling with some past trauma. There are no grand ideas. In this version, you can clone Data from a single positron. We saw Picard's father in an old TNG episode. If you Google 'Picard's dad', it's the first hit. The writers of Picard didn't even bother to do that. I dug the actor they used in this week's ep... but Picard's dad never wore a DS9 uniform with a Voyager badge because all of that came decades later for him. It's just dumb sci-fi that doesn't even respect the source material
I guess I’m very stupid and hideous then 😂
I may not be a Trekkie but I've always loved the way they show a strong passion for the show they love and this, what can I say? except this is just incredible.
As a massive Trek, Zelda, and N64 fan, this stirs up feelings inside me I've never experienced. Blisstalgia?
Personally, I would buy any decent Star Trek game on the Switch in an instant.
I was living in Japan, the land of manga, anime, and the best console gaming this side of Ceti Alpha V, but many nights I would come home from work, sit me and my bento dinner on the tatami mats in front of my TV, and binge watch TNG, DS9, or Voyager. Oh how I love those old shows! <3
Eventually I have to watch some of the newer series, maybe borrow DVDs from the library. In the meantime I should go back and re-watch Masks because I don't remember hating it. Maybe I put it out of my memory!
@sleepinglion Although I do enjoy Picard and Discovery to a slightly lesser degree than the classic shows, I am absolutely in love with Lower Decks. It feels much more like the older shows and I think that you might prefer it to the other new stuff. Prodigy, for a kids show, is pretty darn decent too!
Could someone please tell me how say “Majora’s Mask X TNG”? How do you say the “X” on all of these things? I’m honestly not sure if it is “cross” or “crossed with” or “ex” or “cross over” or…?
I’ll buy that for a gold-pressed latinum bar!!!
@sleepinglion While I have no love for any of the new Trek stuff, look around you at the world today. Do you have hope for the future?
@ImmortanJho Trek used to be aspirational and suggest that we can get through this to a better future. But yeah... I hear ya, bud. Things aren't looking so good right now. To me, it makes optimism all the more important, and not much of our entertainment reflects that. I could be mistaken, but the last time entertainment in general seemed this doom and gloom was when we were coming out of the Vietnam era. Star Wars came along and upended everything in film. Maybe we need something like that today to come along and remind us that morality isn't a lost cause
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