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Link and Zelda from the Legend of Zelda series are already animated in the games, but they don’t look like this. Illustrator Cassio Yoshiyaki’s style is similar to what you’d see in a DreamWorks animated film. Her renderings of the characters are beautiful, and these versions of Link and Zelda would look right at home riding dragons next to Hiccup.

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Nintendo has announced some interesting news about Link’s upcoming appearance in Mario Kart 8. As you can see from the above pic, Link is getting a motorcycle (dubbed the “Master Cycle”).

Nintendo also mentioned that there might be some Zelda-themed racetracks in the game too.

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Nintendo’s making their foray into toys that are part of the video game with their ambiibo line. The small figures will tie into games a la Skylanders or Disney Infinity, but even if you won’t be playing the games that go with the characters, you may just want to collect the toys. Kotaku’s got some pictures of the figures and they’re more detailed I expected. They’d look great on any toy shelf.

The amiibo figure line-up includes: Peach, Donkey Kong, Fox, Kirby, Link, Mario, Marth, Pikachu, Samus, Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, and Yoshi.

You can pre-order the toys now for a ship date of December 31, 2014. Yes, New Year’s presents can be a thing.

See close-ups after the break.

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Yes, there is actually a female Link according to a recently released book titled Hyrule Warriors that shows her as a “previously unseen rejected character” named Linkle. The Japanese translations shed a little light on her origins and show that she’s not exactly an alternate to the male Link:

The art book explicitly states that the character was “devised as being sister-like” note that the text actually says… “imouto teki,” which means “little sister-like.”

This probably isn’t Link’s actual sister, but more of a sister-like character that could have appeared in the game had she made it past the concept stage.

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The Game of Thrones intro is a work of art. But what would it look like if the story was set in Hyrule? The Pixel Kingdom came up with a video that puts a fun, Zelda spin on the GoT intro.

Check it out in the video after the break…

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Today, Sega will release a free Zelda-themed DLC for Sonic: Lost World on the Wii U eShop with one very interesting twist: Sonic now has the chance to explore a small slice of Link’s beloved Hyrule. IGN has an exclusive preview that you can check out here.

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If The Legend of Zelda had Cops shows what would happen if the game took place in the real world, or at least one with cops. They have issues with Link running around pantsless with a sword, and forget beating the boss. The cops will save they day because they’ve got guns they’re not afraid to use.

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The Legend of Zelda is a classic and revered game. It persists through time, and new fans continually find the series. Because of that, there is no end to fan creations – including art. This piece by James Zapata is positively a masterpiece. Link, Epona, and Navi are all captured in a quiet moment, and the art would look gorgeous hanging above a fireplace.

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These gorgeous stained glass decals feature Link in various scenes from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. There are eight different scenes in all. Each measures 22.5″ x 42.5″ and is sold individually.

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