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Zelda CD-i games reimagined in 3D by fan are still really dumb

by Ron Duwell | April 14, 2016April 14, 2016 7:00 pm PST

Generally speaking, remaking a game with 3D graphics and giving it an HD overhaul is supposed to improve a game. It’s not a rule set in stone, but most of the time, improvements to classics and cult-favorites tend to at least be an acceptable tribute.

However, a certain universally loathed trilogy of unofficial Zelda games might just be beyond worth saving and any form of redemption.

Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon came to us from development studio Animation Magic during a horrible period of Nintendo’s history when it licensed out its properties to make games for the Phillips CD-i. While some argue that they’re best left forgotten to rot in the bowels of history, I would say that the goofy voice acting and hideous cutscenes are worth preserving for at least a few more years.

YouTuber C4DNerd now lets you relive these awful travesties with a modern day overhaul, making the previously hand-animated cast look more like a cheap mobile game or a weekend project using Unity. I think I prefer the originals, but wow. This is exactly what Link: The Faces of Evil would look like if Nintendo were to ever give it the same HD treatment that Wind Waker and Twilight Princess got.

Let’s see it happen, Nintendo. I can’t wait to bomb some dodongos!


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...