I must admit, I was quite disappointed with Phantom Hourglass when I bought it. With The Wind Waker being such a great game with many fond memories attached to it, to have such a sub-par sequel made me rather upset. However, there was one good thing to come out of this game (in my humble personal opinion), and that would be the characters.
Although I wasn’t particularly in love with the gameplay, I was enjoying the story — though, unfortunately not enough to even finish the game. I got the details of what happened in the end from my friend at the time who would speedrun through all the latest games in a matter of a few days while I took my sweet time.
I enjoyed hearing the stories and being so obsessed with the characters alone, and I would imagine them going on wacky adventures all across the great sea. I loved the comical situations that Link, Linebeck, and Ciela would find themselves in, which is exactly what is being portrayed here by BechnoKid in their art piece appropriately titled “Get all the treasure!”
The cartoony style of this piece fits the tone of it brilliantly, making me once again long for an animated series of the three going on marvelous misadventures (although another season of Flapjack might be enough to satisfy my desires). The motion is captured perfectly, seeming like the characters will just fly off the canvas. Then there are the expressions on their faces, beautifully translating the thoughts floating through the characters heads: Link determined for his next great adventure, and Linebeck thinking up some convoluted scheme to get Link to do all the dirty work.
When I see such amazing fan art like this, I don’t recall all the dissatisfaction of Phantom Hourglass’ awkward gameplay, but instead, all the stories I had imagined of the quests that Link and Linebeck would embark on together. For those who actually played the entirety of the game, I hope that they see that even more so than I do, having bonded with these characters in a deeper way. And lastly, for those who have never played the game, I do hope that you see the fun, mischief, and love of adventure these characters have to offer!