The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Reimagined in GBA Art Is Stunning
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild comes to life with masterful GBA era pixel art, focusing on Sheikah dungeon aesthetic.
Three years later, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild remains one of the best-looking games on Nintendo Switch. Not just for the small details and nuances to the open-world setting, but also the vibrant re-imagining of Hyrule. But what if that setting was compacted into a Minish Cap-esque GBA game? A fan of the title has done just that, and boy is it a title I would love to play through.
The sprite art version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was created by London-based Game Designer and concept artist, Joseph Gribbin. The Tweet went viral (spreading across Twitter and Reddit) ever since it was posted:
— Joseph Gribbin (@JoeGribbs) April 8, 2019
With that said, don’t think that completing a sprite art recreation of a game (from the ground up) is a small task. Anyone familiar with Gribbin and his work knows that he has been working on the project as far back as Fall 2018:
With that said, he doesn’t have a ton of these projects in the work — and for good reason. Only a couple of weeks ago he finished his own indie puzzle game titled Magnibox which, yes, also has his own hand-crafted art:
MAGNIBOX IS OUT NOW FOR PC AND MAC!!
Magnibox is a colourful and challenging puzzle game about a magnet that's also a box. Hand-crafted for your brain to enjoy!
With music by @jazzmickle
— Joseph Gribbin (@JoeGribbs) March 26, 2019
But going back to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild artwork, it’s hard not to pine over what this game could be. For classic gamers, there will always be a nostalgia for pixel and sprite-based art — especially when talking about a top-down Zelda style game. So while Nintendo is busy toiling away on the remaster of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, maybe they should consider doing a demaster of Breath of the Wild.
Even if there hasn’t been a new release in The Legend of Zelda series for the past few years, that doesn’t mean that fans aren’t flexing their artistic muscle. Last week we wrote about some of the amazing leatherwork that people are implementing in Nintendo Switch cases, while others choose to take art in a completely new direction for the somber Majora’s Mask.
In other The Legend of Zelda news, developer Monolith Soft seems to be bulking up staff to work on a new game in the series. Additionally, a recent leak suggests that A Link to the Past may be making a jump to Nintendo Switch soon, alongside Metroid Prime Trilogy and Persona 5.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will be coming to Nintendo Switch exclusively sometime in 2019. If you are interested in dipping into the source material (which is arguably the best Zelda game), you can pick up the title on Nintendo 3DS via Amazon. Meanwhile, make sure to follow Joseph Gribbin’s work by subscribing to his Twitter account or checking out his Patreon.