The Nintendo Switch is filled to the brim with Legend of Zelda games. Just a few weeks ago The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, one of the weirdest entries in arguably Nintendo’s greatest series, got a beautiful remake on the console/handheld hybrid. And we put together a whole list of Switch games that either are Zelda games or are basically close enough.
But ever since the Switch launched with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, nothing could quite scratch that same itch. That game utterly reinvented the series into one of the most engrossing, intelligent, and expressive open-world games we had ever played. And now we’re just hoping that the upcoming sequel can surpass the legendary first attempt.
In the meantime, here’s what Breath of the Wild 2 might have looked like on decidedly weaker harder than the already modest Switch tablet. Check out this fan-made Nintendo 64 retro demake of the E3 teaser trailer.
Created by YouTube user The Regressor, the video takes the moody and spooky teaser trailer for the Breath of the Wild sequel and strips it down to the basic polygons you might remember from the first two 3D Zelda games Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. If anything, the glowing glyphs and Ganondorf mummy are even scarier with the grosser, harsher, abstract visuals. You can’t make as much visual sense of it and your imagination fills in the blanks with more frightening details. There is also original footage here that wasn’t in the official teaser.
As nostalgia moves forward in time, homages to this early era of 3D gaming are becoming as common as 8-bit and 16-bit throwbacks. The Regressor used older versions of Photoshop and Maya 3D modeling to achieve this aesthetic (along with sound from Vince64). 98DEMAKE on YouTube has videos imagining what Minecraft, GTA V, Assassin’s Creed, and Resident Evil 7 might look like on the original PlayStation.
When Breath of the Wild 2 does finally arrive, this video will help us appreciate its graphics even more. For more on The Legend of Zelda, check out these Zelda toys. And here are the best N64 games that actually do exist.