For those following development with either of two very different 3d fan remakes of Link’s Awakening in, you will be sad to learn that both have been cancelled.
This is unsurprising if you take into consideration that the percentage of fan remakes that actually make it to completion is next to nil.
Still, it’s sad to see them both cancelled. It would seem both developers awoke from their own dreams and realized the sheer amount of time and skill that such a project would require, and so balked at completing them.
More on these projects after the jump.
As shown in the following images, each project was planning on taking a very different approach.
The simply titled Link’s Awakening 3D planned on remaining rather faithful to the pixels in the original Game Boy game (one might argue too faithful) and focused on a Wind Waker-esque shape for Link.
The other, called The Legend of Zelda: Ballad of the Wind Fish, aimed at an Ocarina-type game but with a cel-shaded graphic style rather similar to the official artwork from Link’s Awakening‘s instruction manual and official art.
Either would have been a joy to play, and it’s a pity neither will see the light of day.
Hopefully in the future someone else will take up the task. We wouldn’t even complain if it was Nintendo itself.