Possibly the most exciting aspect of the recent Champions’ Ballad DLC for Breath of the Wild, aside from the fact that it launched suddenly and unexpectedly during the Game Awards, is the introduction of Link’s new motorcycle.
The Master Cycle Zero is a fun new addition to the game, and to celebrate, Nintendo has released some beautiful artwork of Link drifting across Hyrule on his new hog.
The most striking thing about this art to me is the possible reference to the Japanese animated classic, Akira. The pose is identical, with the hands gripped at the handlebars, the leg extended and foot touching ground, dust billowing from the wheels and the intense stare towards the viewer.
Many forms of media have paid homage to Kaneda’s iconic powerslide over the years, and it’s very cool to see Nintendo do their part.