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Original Zelda: Wind Waker designs included a GameCube Island

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Zelda: Wind Waker concept art from Hyrule Historia show Link standing on a GameCube Island.

GameCube Island, along with Stovepipe Island were two islands that never made it into the game but you can see sketches of them inside Hyrule Historia, the Legend Of Zelda book that is released in the UK this week.

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When Hyrule Historia was released in Japan in 2010, the big news was that it finally revealed the Zelda timeline after years of secrecy. However, it seems that there is a lot more to discover in the pages of this magnificent book.

You can also see concept art for Link in Wind Waker which shows our hero with a smaller head-to-body ratio than in his final design.

Interesting...

[ Source: Kotaku ]

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  1. IPecksU Tuesday 29th Jan 2013 at 11:44

    Wouldn't mind the remake having these islands and a few more, maybe some more dungeons too. Oh and 4 swords style coop missions outside the main story mode could be fun but a bit of a long shot.

  2. MartinIsAwesome Tuesday 29th Jan 2013 at 12:31

    The lanky Link in the second picture shocked me too! The funny thing is that a few pages later you get the Twilight Princess concept art which shows that a version of Link with Toon Link proportions was considered, albiet a darker version of the Wind Waker version.

    I love this book.

  3. samus_killer Tuesday 29th Jan 2013 at 12:46

    I was reading this last night and it reminded me of the DS island in Phantom Hourglass, which is probably a reused concept of this GameCube island.

  4. Komodo_Wolfgang Tuesday 29th Jan 2013 at 13:11

    I know it was innevitable. I know it would happen. But I didnt think it would be so fast and by a main nintendo website, and not some fansite.

    Keep sending out the stuff from the book and it wont feel as 'exclusive' Sorry, but it kinda irritates me V.V

    Anyway, I wonder what the purpose of the GameCube island would be. Id hazard a pretty good guess that that same idea was used in PHG, except with a DS. That was a Goron racecourse or something wasnt it?

  5. MartinIsAwesome Tuesday 29th Jan 2013 at 13:49

    Anyway, I wonder what the purpose of the GameCube island would be. Id hazard a pretty good guess that that same idea was used in PHG, except with a DS. That was a Goron racecourse or something wasnt it?


    If the scale of it in that picture is anything to go by it looks like it may have been a cameo for lulz.

  6. KH81314 Tuesday 29th Jan 2013 at 13:50

    I was reading this last night and it reminded me of the DS island in Phantom Hourglass, which is probably a reused concept of this GameCube island.


    Thats what i was thinking when I read this.

  7. lrwr14 Tuesday 29th Jan 2013 at 14:02

    reminds me of the island in legend of zelda phantom hourglass where it was based on the DS.

  8. cheatmaster30 Tuesday 29th Jan 2013 at 14:48

    There's a lot of interesting cut content in The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker. For example, did you know that the bottom of the ocean itself may have been explorable as well as Hyrule? That Hyrule Castle might have been an actual dungeon? That Fire, Ice Ring and Greatfish Isles likely held dungeons?

    But this stuff about a Gamecube island is both very interesting and new to me.

  9. Waldy565 Tuesday 29th Jan 2013 at 16:34

    Debating whether to get the book for my birthday... will have to see if I got the dollar dollar

  10. sciqueen Tuesday 29th Jan 2013 at 16:45

    Dee Ess Island :D

  11. Mew3 Wednesday 30th Jan 2013 at 19:15

    Wii U Island...?

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