At the time of its release, fans’ opinions of the art style for The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker were quite contentious, to put it lightly. Since then, it has become more beloved within the Zelda community, with its soft aesthetic and charming tropical vibes winning over the hearts of many. 

Recently, a modder by the name of BigSharkZ took it upon themselves to create a proof-of-concept video showcasing what fan mods of the GameCube-era classic could be. Their work was revealed earlier this week as an April Fools gag trailer for a game titled The Legend of Zelda: Winds of Time.

 

 

BigSharkZ created the mod over the course of two weeks, and originally planned for it to be nothing more than a showcase. However, the positive feedback they received from their video spurred them to announce that an official mod pack for Winds of Time will be made available to the public someday!

 

“While it is not a full or brand new game, all that was showcased here will someday be made available in the form of a mod pack! This video was made in two weeks with very little sleep, as a proof of concept to show some of what can be done with Wind Waker modding.

However, please understand that this is a very large amount of work for a single person (Over a hundred hours were spent working on this, for example) and that my free time is often limited, so it will take a while to have a proper release, especially when I have many other projects in the works.”

 

I’ve always been a fan of the more cartoony look of the early ‘00s Zelda titles, and this mod was indeed a fantastic showcase of just what’s possible within the Wind Waker’s game engine. I can’t wait to see what else BigSharkZ and the rest of the Wind Waker modding community have in store!

 

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Written by Marcus Ramirez

A writer and dreamer who loves all things tropical, bright, colorful, and shiny. Marcus is obsessed with Kingdom Hearts and patiently awaits its triumphant return to Nintendo hardware. He has a (totally real) court order that requires him to always have a 3DS or Switch on his person when leaving the house for more than a few hours.

Marcus Ramirez