Connect with us

The Online Technology

Ubisoft Duo Made a Zelda: Wind Waker GBA Prototype in 2003


News & Analysis

Ubisoft Duo Made a Zelda: Wind Waker GBA Prototype in 2003

Nintendo never even got to see a pitch, but there's no reason they wouldn't consider it now for Switch or 3DS.

One of Nintendo's most important intellectual properties, possibly even the most important, is Zelda. Just about every Nintendo hardware platform has benefited from a Zelda game release, with Switch being the most recent example of that. But back in 2003 it looks like we missed out on a Game Boy Advance Zelda game that Nintendo never got to see.

As Kotaku reports, Davide Soliani is creative director at Ubisoft Milan. Before that he was a game designer and then lead game designer at Ubisoft and before that a game designer at Kuju. Ubisoft Milan is the studio that recently gave us Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for the Switch.

In a tweet posted yesterday, Soliani reveals that back in 2003 he and Ubisoft artist Fabio Pagetti created a pitch for Wind Waker on the Game Boy Advance. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker had been released on the GameCube in Japan at the end of 2002 and then North America in March 2003.

Based on that tweet, Nintendo never got to see this Wind Waker prototype as Ubisoft killed it long before that could have happened.

Real Life. Real News. Real Voices

Help us tell more of the stories that matter

Become a founding member

Related

During the lifetime of the GBA, there were five Zelda games released including A Link to the Past, Four Swords, The Minish Cap, and the re-releases of the original Zelda and Zelda II. Development was handled in Japan by either Nintendo itself or Flagship who had also carried out development work on Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons for the Game Boy Color.

We will never know if Nintendo would have considered the project at the time, but the company does now seem much more open to outside developers working with its most important IP as Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle shows. There's no reason why this Wind Waker prototype couldn't be brought back to life as a 3DS game or even a 2D Zelda game on Switch Nintendo knows gamers would snatch off the shelves.

Read more

Subscribe to the newsletter news

We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

To Top