Saber Blast Link 1

Saber Blast is a newly founded company that aims to “amplify your online marketing” and raise awareness for other companies in order to bring in new customers. More interestingly, however, they also appear to have stolen a particular Nintendo character as their own mascot.

The pixellated hero on their home page looks almost identical to the NES Link sprite, from the face and cap to the belt and sword. The designer must have played some Ocarina or Four Swords too, as there are also blue and red Links.

Saber Blast Link 2

While Saber Blast could deservedly be labelled as thieves and criticised for being unoriginal, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and its cool knowing that there may be at least one Zelda fan working at the company. Perhaps it’s testament to Nintendo’s design that a 27 year old sprite could still be considered a recognisable icon. Plus, it’s pretty amusing to see Link giving a business lecture.

But it has to be said: that red Link’s eyes creep me out.

Source: Saber Blast (via Zelda Dungeon)
  • TheWindWaker333

    This is pretty funny. I'm not creeped out by Red Link's eyes though. I'm actually distracted by their chins. They need a square at the bottom left corner of their mouths (bottom right for Red Link).

  • Echon

    Yeah, the 'missing' pixel is sort of distracting. Although, I wonder if it's not there on purpose. There's a percentage in copyright law – American, I'm not sure about Japan – that if the image differs by 30(?)% from the original, there wasn't an infringement…I think. I'm not sure anymore, because it's been ages since I've studied copyright laws on images. I could be wrong about this and I don't know anything about Japanese copyright law, which would probably get priority in this case if Nintendo decides they've been robbed.

    Red-eyed Link would be eerier if the belt, sword hilt, and cap edge were gold, what was red (except eyes and sword blade) was black, and the skin tone just a shade or two lighter or several shades darker.

  • Hiya, my name is Matt Ackerson, I'm the founder of Saber Blast.

    I was kind of bummed to read the title of your blog post. I love nintendo games, grew up with them and all. and, honestly. we didn't rip anyone off.

    As I read the rest of your post though, I appreciated the slightly more positive tone towards the end.

    In either case, if you know someone who could benefit from a product like Saber Blast (maybe even Zelda Universe.net), you should signup and check it out.

    My team and I are adding new features everyday and we're super committed to making it a good value for our customers.

    Thanks 🙂

    Matt

    • Thanks for getting in touch! Obviously as with every news site, we do write attention-grabbing headlines. It's very cool to see a business take design inspiration from video games.

  • Anon

    Those aren't his eyes

  • I love nintendo games from childhood. I hate the fake tricks

  • james

    sombody getting sued. maybe

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