The Legend of Zelda Fan Made Gameboy Build Is a Retro Masterpiece

Talented crafter Joe Schaefer recreates The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds diorama using the shell of a Gameboy with amazing results.

As many of us are finding ourselves with more time on our hands than usual, now is the best time to get as creative as possible. Reddit user Freeupvotesforsale has certainly made good use of their time by crafting an outstanding Legend of Zelda diorama with the help of a good old Gameboy.

This isn’t the first time Joe Schaefer, as they are known on Instagram, has tooled up and created something unique. Previously, Joe turned their hand to a similar model but instead using a sleeping Bulbasaur as their inspiration. Now, however, Joe decided to model The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds diorama using the shell of a Gameboy for a friends birthday (what a great friend) to go along with the friend’s huge collection of Zelda memorabilia so that it could be displayed with the rest of their stuff.

As previously stated, Joe used a replacement shell – it’s ok, no Gameboys were harmed in the making of this diorama – but to maintain a good weight, the interior of the shell is weighted down to around five grams or so from the original weight of a GameBoy. Next, the sword and plinth were custom modeled then resin printed and painted to offer a unique and a one of a kind quality. What makes this diorama even more interesting is that the sword can actually be drawn from the plinth.

Joe used foam that’s used to fill in the space where the Gameboy’s screen previously lay and worked his masterpiece from this focal point adding small rocks, foliage and moss to give his art a realistic touch. The hardest part, states Joe is “Once I have it exactly how I want it, I take a million photos and take it all apart to start gluing the pieces down. I say this is the hard part because I have to recreate what I did organically the first time, but with only one shot because I’m gluing the things down.”

I do hope that Joe has more time on their hands as I’m sure there are plenty of Zelda fans who would love to get their hands on this and would probably pay good money to do so!

If you’re interested in other creations of this nature, you may enjoy Link’s house from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild created using Lego or Koholint Island from The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening recreated using a 3D printer.  If rare footage from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is more your thing, make sure to check out some shots of the game in a pre-release state that was released as a special pre-order bonus VHS.

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Rachael Fiddis

Rachael, who is Deputy Editor, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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