Zelda 25th Anniversary Art

Posted by Grey Sunday, March 6, 2011

Marvel upon this spell-bindingly awesome piece of fan art in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the release of the original Legend of Zelda.

The level of fan art just kept moving upward, what with the recent fan-made CG works of Mass Effect 3, and now this.

Created in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the release of the original Legend of Zelda, Japanese artist ag+ has created one of the best fan arts around with this truly stellar piece of painting. We absolutely agreed with Luke Plunkett from Kotaku in his statement, "if Nintendo had a chapel and (bear with me) that chapel had an ornately-painted ceiling, this would surely be that painting".

Weighing at a hefty 7.2 MB with a 1200x6566 resolution, this amazing piece of work can be found at the artist's site, which unfortunately requires registration. For those who have problems with the registration process in Japanese, Gawker, the parent company behind Gizmodo, iO9, Lifehacker, and Kotaku, among others, has gracefully hosted the image (albeit a slightly less weighty version) for download.

For those overwhelmed by the image, which must have been a showcase for every significant characters in the Zelda mythos, Mitz, a user at Kotaku, has thankfully posted a comment at the page, naming all the characters featured in the painting. Hit the jump to check out the masterpiece, followed by the "who's who" list posted by Mitz.



From left to right.

Farore; Nayru; Din
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Rauru, Sage of Light; Impa, Sage of Shadow; Saria, Sage of Forest; Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule; Nabooru, Sage of Spirit; Princess Ruto, Sage of Water; Darunia, Sage of Fire (OOT)
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Link; Zelda; Ganon
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Wind Fish (Link’s Awakening); Great Fairy (girl with long green hair, Twilight Princess); Great Fairy (with four arms, Wind Waker); Queen of Fairies (little girl, WW and Four Swords); Mysterious unknown(Skyward Sword); Great Fairy (red hair, Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask); Valoo (dragon, WW); Four fairies/orbs of light in the center are: Ciela (Phantom Hourglass), Navi (OoT), Tatl, Tael (MM)
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Great Deku Tree, Great Deku Sprout, Fado (WW), Makar (WW), Medli (WW), Laruto (WW), Jabun or Jabu Jabu
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Renado (TP); Rusl (TP); Ashei (TP); Shad (TP); Auru (TP); Tarin (Link to the Past); Marin (LP); Ilia (TP); Epona; Ingo (OoT)
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Anju (MM); Kafei (MM); Linebeck (Phantom Hourglass); Aryll (little girl, WW); Group of guys in bandanas plus two men in purple shirts are Tetra’s pirates, Gonzo, senza, nudge, niko, mako, zuko (six total); Mr. Barten (MM) or Talon (OoT)
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Tijo (on drums, MM); Tingle (man with balloon); Cremia (MM); Romani (little girl, MM); Link’s Grandma (old woman past the pirates, MM)
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Evan (MM); Toto (MM); Lulu (MM); Ralph (Oracle of Ages); Maple (Oracle of Ages) ; Darmani III (MM)
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Japas (MM); Mikau (MM); Skull Kid (OoT); Mido (OoT); Goron Elder (MM); Goron Elder’s Son (MM)
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In the very center, beneath Skull Kid and Mido: Deku King (MM); Deku child; Deku Princess (MM); Deku Butler (MM)
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King of Red Lions (WW); Byrne (Spirit Tracks); Anjean (Spirit Tracks); Midna adult (TP); Oshus (Phantom Hourglass); Sahasrahla (Link to the past) ; Ezlo (MC)
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Happy Mask Salesman (MM); Bellum (PH)
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Veran (OoA); Zant (TP); Agahnim (LP); Vaati (MC); General Onox (Oracle of Seasons)
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Kotake; Moon (MM); Koume; Chancellor Cole (Spirit Tracks)
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Four Giants (MM); Children of the Moon (MM)
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Ganon Beast (OOT)
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Fierce Deity (MM); Links mother (TP); Baby Link (TP); Hero's Spirit (TP); Golden Wolf (TP); Dark Link (OOT)


And here's the amazing making-of video featurette.



Source: 25周年ゼルダ[Pixiv (registration required)] via Kotaku

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