Like many of us, I’m sure, I’ve been playing a ton of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Its been the go-to game for the past couple weeks and I’m having a ton of fun with it. As you may guess, I have a strong attachment to the Zelda characters and their representation in the game. Undoubtedly, the character I was most surprised with, in terms of their new designs, was Princess Zelda.

Yuga’s Art Gallery is a series in which we highlight our favorite artwork from The Legend of Zelda community, as well as some official artwork from the franchise from time to time. Zelda is a series that is constantly changing its style, and after over 30 years of evolving and shifting its visuals, it continues to inspire endless ways for artists to interpret their favorite characters and moments.

Seeing her new design brought back many fond memories of playing A Link Between Worlds. I had forgotten how much I’d loved that game’s graphics and art style. I’ve never personally cared for A Link to the Past but A Link Between Worlds I found to be a much better game. Despite how much I loved the non-linear progression and the fun puzzles and exploration, it was always the art style that I remembered the most. I liked all of the character designs, but especially Princess Zelda most of all.

Of course, I’m not the only one who found this art style to be very endearing. It’s clear in this piece by tellielz which they have titled simply “A Link Between Worlds” that they felt the same. The pastel colors, the attention to detail, and even the portrait style of the piece all combines together to create something , that very much reminds me of the game it’s based on.

A Link Between Worlds is a game I closely relate to college. I had the chance to play it thanks to my roommate loving video games as much as I do. I have lots of memories of the time I played it, a much-needed break from the stress of the living situation of our hectic dorms and our unfair professors who seemed to not care about whether we succeeded or not.

This game was a great escape back into a Hyrule I didn’t appreciate the first time but the second go-around wrote a much different story. Fan art like this brings a smile to my face, not just because of how well it’s made, but because it reminds me of a world that was there for me when I needed it most.

You can find more of tellielz art on their DeviantArt page, or on their Tumblr page.