Posted By Snow at 5:29 PM on Tuesday July 24, 2012
A translation of a concept art page from Hyrule Historia. Translated by Snow.
Changes in Character Designs
Link’s appearance has changed dramatically over the years with each new incarnation. These pages will show the evolution of his appearance.
1986 – The Legend of Zelda
Even this early on, his familiar look featuring green clothes, a sword and a shield had been established.
1987 – Adventure of Link
Link from the original Zelda has become 16 years old in the setting of this game. Therefore, he now gives off quite a mature impression compared to the first game.
1991 – A Link to the Past
This was the first time Link’s shield was drawn with the Triforce and bird symbols. Latter works all use variations of this shield design.
1993 – Link’s Awakening
1998 – Ocarina of Time
For this time travelling adventure, two variations of Link had to be drawn. These two Links came to have a great impact on later designs.
2000 – Majora’s Mask
While he is the same person as Ocarina of Time’s child Link, he has a considerably more fearless appearance thanks to his battle with Ganondorf.