Star Wars Scenes Reimagined in Zelda Style by Pixel Artist

To commemorate May the 4th, a talented pixel artist has given some of the most memorable scenes from the classic Star Wars trilogy a Zelda-style makeover. Both The Legend of Zelda and Star Wars are renowned franchises from the 1980s that have become integral to pop culture.

The Legend of Zelda phenomenon began in the mid-1980s with the original game’s launch for the Famicom and NES. The series has since become one of the most iconic and recognizable franchises in gaming, with numerous entries receiving high praise and ratings. Nintendo’s handheld consoles have been especially kind to the Zelda series, with titles such as A Link Between Worlds, The Minish Cap, Oracle of Ages, and Oracle of Seasons being praised as some of the best Zelda games available.

Shoehead_art, a pixel artist on Twitter, recently reimagined some iconic scenes from the first three Star Wars films in the art style of 1993’s handheld Zelda game, Link’s Awakening. This set of artwork, aptly named “Luke’s Awakening,” portrays the Star Wars trilogy A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi as if they were playable levels in a Link’s Awakening type of game. Interestingly, the rerelease of Link’s Awakening for the Game Boy Color is one of the titles that can be enjoyed through the Nintendo Switch Online subscription, which enables players to access all of the Game Boy titles.

Since the inception of the Star Wars franchise, numerous video games have been created in its honor. Despite this, early titles did not gain the same level of fame as counterparts from franchises such as The Legend of Zelda. With the introduction of successive gaming systems, certain Star Wars games experienced a marked improvement in quality, along with commercial success. Examples of this include the likes of Star Wars Battlefront 2, Star Wars: Squadrons, and the more recent Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Illustrations like this indicate that Star Wars titles could be successful if developed in the retro style. There is a considerable amount of sentimentality for the golden age of gaming, along with the continued success of the Star Wars media franchise, so a carefully crafted vintage Star Wars game would be likely to prosper. Although it appears unlikely that something of the sort will be created soon with the Ubisoft open-world Star Wars game already in production, there could be a demand for it.