Awakening from the dream.

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.

Just where are those sparkles coming from?

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.

Source: GoNintendo
  • MAjora

    Wow, whoduvthot?

  • I like LA quite how it is but I would love to see it in 3d just as I would with Alttp

  • It's too bad they didn't go on with these. I would have like to try it out.

  • Rabid Wolf

    The long hair and sideburns was a cool look for Link. Nintendo should bring that look back in a future Zelda game.

  • michael12268

    no!!!! Links Awakening is my favorite game in the series!

  • Link

    These look really good…I would of played them for sure:(

  • Triforce of the Gods

    Awwww, not Ballad of the Wind Fish ;-;

  • Shadowknight1

    Well, the guy who was working on Ballad of the Wind Fish says that he MIGHT pick it back up in the future, but he also said that he might release the source code to the public. So it might see the light of day. And I certainly hope so. That actually looks pretty cool.

  • Midnasboyfriend

    wait i never heard of his?

  • nje

    Meh, that Ballad one looks good, but it's still just a 3D remake. I want a NEW zelda, and I can't CONCEIVE of why all these people just want to do remakes instead of taking the opportunity to make new areas, story, items, enemies, experiences, whatever.. Be REDUNDANT instead, then. I don't even care about these, though I am impressed such efforts are even being made at this degree of success. It seems a real 3D Zelda fan game is all but impossible to create.

    • Triforce of the Gods

      BotWF wasn't just LA in 3D, there were new items and other things I can't remember, but rest assured, it was more than just a 3D remake.

  • nje

    They should release their material, though. Let someone more experienced pick up from where they left off. I wonder what the new items were..

  • veeronic

    perhaps he should see if nintendo would want to continue where he left off…

  • Alessandra

    You can play LA and the Oracle series on an emulator on your computer. 🙂

  • Alessandra

    I really like how this looks I got excited for a moment just looking at the pictures, I would have played this for sure if it saw the light of day. 🙂

  • ToT

    At least I got the chance to play the beta of BotWF

  • Linktomyass

    cuz its illegal maybe?

  • Laughing Tachikoma

    I'm pretty sure that the BotWF had a demo/ pre-beta out, but i'm not sure about the other. It ran pretty well, but the controls weren't well mapped out…

  • I can’t believe how sophisticated 3-d technology is turning out to be latley. Rather soon they are putting out 3d cell phones and the 3ds handheld might be fun. Nonetheless i feel that its to some extent gimmicky. Any opinions?

  • its crazy how 3d technology is taking off. they now have touchable 3d and they are coming out with 3d displays that you dont need glasses for. crazy stuff. i still feel its a little bit of a gimmick however.

  • i cannot wait untill deathly hallows comes out in theaters. It is too bad its going to be in 2 parts. Thats likely to drive harry potter nerds like my self mad.

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