The Zelda Arcade Cabinet We Deserved

[Images: Arcade Museum]
[Images: Arcade Museum]

But the one we never got. Here’s a spectacular fan-made Legend of Zelda cabinet that shows what could have been, but what wasn’t.

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Wyo over on the Arcade Museum forums made this beauty, outfitting the cabinet with a NES and 20-inch cathode ray tube. It’s about 95 percent done with some side art and instruction card still waiting to be finished. Here’s Wyo explaining the project:

Basically, it’s an all wood construction. Primered and block sanded smooth and straight. I painted it with metallic gold automotive urethane, and then added a mid coat of .008 gold flake. After I cleared it, I wetsanded it 1000-3000 and then polished it. It turned out pretty cool. The whole cab shimmers in the light with the light bouncing off the flake.

The artwork was a lot of work. I had ro recreate all the images in illustrator. In my design, My intent with the art was to make it look DK/80's nintendo ish. I then hand cut and gold chrome embossed the control panel and bezel. I will do the same with the side art and instruction sticker.

Inside, is a decased 20" CRT and an NES wired to the arcade joystick and buttons. I was gonna do a playchoice ten....but now I’m happy I went with the NES. I can play all the NES games with an Everdrive N8.

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Great job. Just look at it!

[Image: Arcade Museum]
[Image: Arcade Museum]
[Image: Arcade Museum]
[Image: Arcade Museum]
[Image: Arcade Museum]
[Image: Arcade Museum]
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[Image: Arcade Museum]
[Image: Arcade Museum]

[h/t Zelda Informer]

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

This has got me seriously wondering how Zelda 1 would’ve played as an arcade game. I’d assume one credit would last until you die three times or something along those lines, but how would score be calculated? I guess maybe ranking could be based on how many dungeons you’ve cleared with Rupee count being a tiebreaker.

Regardless, I would really love to own this!