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Words: Matthew Fuller
Nintendo is usually pretty good at keeping secrets, often being one of the few developers who can keep a lid on its biggest titles and upcoming releases.
But thanks to last year's Gigaleak we got an insight into some of the inner workings of the Big N, including cancelled projects like a largely unknown Legend of Zelda project featuring Sheik. Now, thanks to newly surfaced documents, we appear to have confirmation of the existence of this mysterious Zelda project - which gives me the perfect excuse to talk about my favourite game series.
This first hit the internet in early 2020 thanks to some shared concept art by former Retro Studios pre-production artist, Sammy Hall, which seemingly shows some early artwork of what the world of Hyrule would have looked like, along with some character designs for the protagonist. Now in a recent update from the Gigaleak, new documents translated by Joshua Goldie of Source Gaming seem to confirm the project was at one point in development.
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The project was in development by Retro Studios, the developers behind the acclaimed Metroid Prime and its sequels, and was said to be an action/RPG spin-off set within the "bad ending" of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Starring one of the game's main characters, Sheik, it would have had players exploring the journey of the Sheikah and the birth of Ganon. So while we got Majora's Mask as a legitimate sequel to Ocarina of Time, this would have been a very different follow-up to the 1998 classic.
It says Retro Studio in katakana there so I'm pretty sure that is exactly what it is lol https://t.co/6RObu8p7ax- Joshua 'NantenJex' Goldie (@MrNantendo) July 20, 2021
For some, Ocarina of Time is simply one of the greatest games ever made, and it's got the Metacritic score, 99/100, to back up that claim. So I imagine many of you, just like myself, are gutted that this Sheik-starring project never saw the light of day, and likely never will. But while that's a shame, if recent rumours and speculation are to be believed, we will see more remasters of classic Zelda games coming this year. Now wouldn't that be a perfect way to celebrate Zelda's 35th anniversary?
And right now, we can enjoy playing the newly released The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, which we reviewed here, while trying our best to downplay our excitement for the BOTW sequel coming sometime early next year. I for one am always with more Zelda, so if Nintendo can do the right thing by these older titles we can't currently play on Switch, that would be great.
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