Mahou Tofu

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A lot of times, Nintendo gets flak for being too conservative and playing it safe. I personally think they should be famous for taking risks, and this game happens to be one of the biggest in the company’s history. At Nintendo’s Space World Expo in 2000, they showcased a Zelda demo video to show off the then codenamed “Dolphin’s” graphical and technical ability. The video showed Link facing off against Ganondorf in a graphical style very reminiscent of the N64 iterations, and the future of the series looked bright (or dark and gritty, as it were).

However, all of this was set aside for completely different color palettes, character designs, and art style. The result? The brilliantly cel-shaded work of art that we know to today as The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. The game first hit open waters late 2002 in Japan and 2003 for the rest of…

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