Now I’m sure that many people who saw one before the other certainly thought to themselves, “Hey, that Nabbit guy looks like Ravio” or “Hey, Ravio looks kind of like Nabbit”. I was one of those myself when I first encountered Nabbit in Smash 4, not being able to resist comparing the similarities in design compared to my favorite Lorule merchant
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.
The instant I saw this image, I just had to talk about. The idea is brilliant and is brought to life so vividly! There are a lot of nice details in this picture. We can see the real Nabbit hiding behind the bush with Mario’s missing cap, simply watching in shock as enraged Mario bolts after a terrified Ravio. We’ve got little snippets of each game as well in details such as the Luma dangling from Mario’s arm and a little hint of Ravio’s face underneath his comically exaggerated hood.
Not only is this artwork hilarious in content, but the art style looks fabulous as well. It blends together the style of Super Mario and A Link Between Worlds so very well! Mario looks like he belongs in the official artbook of one of the recent 3DS games! The bright colors make this cartoon pop in just the right ways as the lines of movement make us feel as though these characters are truly running like madmen.
There are a lot of great Mario-Zelda crossovers that I had been considering for this year’s Mario Day, and while each one is fabulous and is absolutely worth checking out, this one caught my eye. It’s bright, funny, and it doesn’t hurt that it features one of my most favorite Zelda characters either. JamesmanTheRegenold’s gallery features many other clever ideas such as this one as well, and perhaps we’ll revisit it someday in the future!