Pg. 230 Zelda Design Retrospective

Posted By at 5:30 PM on Tuesday July 24, 2012

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A translation of a concept art page from Hyrule Historia. Translated by Snow.

Zelda Designs

LoZ Zelda

1986 – The Legend of Zelda

A drawing of the first princess Zelda. Compared to the Princess Zeldas from A Link to the Past and later, her outfit is very simple. She also has red hair instead of her typical blonde.

ALttP Zelda

1991 – A Link to the Past

The first work where Zelda’s hair was blonde. It was decided that this design of princess Zelda would be used from then on.

OoT Zelda

1998 – Ocarina of Time

As with Link, two designs of Zelda appeared in this game. In addition, this game also introduced the concept of a disguise (Sheik) for Zelda.

OoX Zelda

2001 – Oracles

This princess Zelda is cute from top to bottom. Her dress design is based on adult Zelda’s dress in Ocarina of Time.

TWW Zelda

2002 – The Wind Waker

Appeared as the female pirate Tetra. Her traditional princess look showed up as well, but not until the end of the game.

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  1. Nick says:

    I just noticed something interesting on OoT’s version of Zelda.

    The child version has the same Hylian Crest as the Hylian sheild, and the adult Zelda has the same crest, minus the upside down triangle at the bottom, and instead has the sheik eye symbol above the bird crest.

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