The Legend of Zelda is one of the oldest and most revered franchises. Its influence is immense even today — 35 years after the first installment. Recently, one gifted Zelda enthusiast has created unorthodox replicas of the key accessories — Master Sword and Hylian Shield. Both may be used to carry cartridges for Nintendo Switch.
Fanart is nothing new. Few other franchises compare to Zelda in terms of longevity and impact. Gamers have been creating tributes for three decades — fan art, cosplay, and handcrafted weapons.
We have even seen an aquarium featuring the Moon from Majora’s Mask. Now, you can carry your cartridges around in a cool case. This invention has caused a stir on social media.
Millions of gamers adore the Legend of Zelda. Its popularity goes far beyond Nintendo Switch owners. Thanks to websites like romsopedia.com, the game can be played on any modern device — desktop or mobile.
Since 1986, over a dozen chapters have come out, making it one of the most recognizable games in history.
Zelda herself has become an iconic character. Without exaggeration, she can be called the feminine symbol of the gaming world.
Over the decades, the character has lived many lives and changed personas. Originally a damsel in distress, she evolved into the leader of pirates.
Zelda has even been incorporated into pop culture. Fanfiction, cosplay, and other works are abundant. So, what makes this the latest creation special?
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Innovative Fan Art
This addition to the fan collection is one of the most practical ones. It was unveiled on TikTok by a user called zabacards. He crafted replicas of the items using plastic.
Both Master Sword and the Hylian Shield are legendary for Zelda fans. Not only are they physical — they double as cartridge storage. As shown in the video, you can use them to keep or carry your cherished games for the iconic console.
The practical value is undeniable as the original cartridges are notorious for their size. As these small items are easy to lose, carrying cases have started a trend.
Many of these products were officially licensed and themed after different Nintendo IPs. However, nobody came up with the idea of storing the games inside a weapon. Until recently.
In recent years, the community of Zelda fans has been reinvigorated. First, the rise of retro gaming around the world helped the new generation of enthusiasts to discover the legend.
Secondly, the emergence of Breath of the Wild, a new installment in the series, has attracted new gamers and stimulated creativity that flowed online. Still, the carrying cases are a novelty, which is why they attract so much attention.
A Look Ahead
The latest part of the adventure, Breath of the Wild 2, is expected to be released sometime in 2022. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the franchise. So far, The Nintendo Switch port of Skyward Sword — a remaster of the 2011 Nintendo Wii game — will appear on July 16.
No other updates are available. Nintendo has been quite secretive about the game. On June 15, 2021, the sequel was recognized as the Most Anticipated Nintendo Game at the E3 2021 Awards Show. Millions of gamers cannot wait to explore the new Zelda world.
Judging by the trailer, the game should not let fans down. It shows neither the official title nor the protagonist’s face, which has given rise to theories concerning the storyline. However, it is clear that the adventure will involve floating islands, skydiving, and new powers in the same fascinating world.