Original, Badass Zelda Art By Katsuya Terada

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Katsuya Terada is a Japanese artist you may not know by name, but you may definitely know him for his work. He's done character design for the Blood: The Last Vampire movie. He's helped out on Western cartoons like Hellboy. He's even done illustrations for Nintendo Power magazine.

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Which leads us neatly into this gallery of wonderful illustrations from the first few Zelda games.

Appearing in material like old copies of Nintendo Power and official player's guides, and aimed at complementing the small and crude screenshots used at the time, Terada's Zelda art gives the series a tone and presence it wouldn't be able to muster on its own until well into the 1990s.

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gamernahalfshell
Gamer in a half shell

this is not zelda, and luckily it never will. Even though miyamoto may not be directly involved anymore, he will die b4 he lets zelda gets to this and i agree. zelda is an all persons adventure, all ages. only one zelda game has ever been teen and its considered the worst 3D zelda. (twilight princess)

Now b4 i get flamed im just saying that i agree with Nintendo vision of an all ages zelda, and that im in line with those ideals, this is my opinion, and as much as you want to argue otherwise i feel that it would change what zelda "IS", if it ever went "mature" or "gritty", "realistic", or in this case "hell boy-ish".

Again, this is my opinion on why this isnt a match for zelda, i never said Katsuya Terada isn't talented, or that these aren't well made.

*things we have to do to not get flogged for expressing ourselves.