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Katsuya Terada’s Legend of Zelda sketches ⊟

Scanned by History of Hyrule, these sketches of Adult Link and The Great Fairy come from Terada’s 2002 artbook Rakuga King. You can see more of the artist’s Zelda illustrations from the Nintendo Power Player’s Guides on HoH’s Flickr page. Credit to Kotaku for the link.

While we’re featuring Zelda art, you absolutely must check out and maybe buy Bill Mudron’s latest tribute to the SNES game, a 36x24” print/map detailing A Link to the Past’s Hyrule.

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Amazing Castlevania map by Bill Mudron

It comes in both black-and-white and full color, and i is just so incredible to look at. Think it would be appropriate for a baby room? Asking for a friend.

You can pre-order this now for $45. Mudron’s also working on an underworld map of The Legend of Zelda:

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"Mushroom Kingdom Map" by Bill Mudron, a 24 X 36-inch print that brings together the worlds of Super Mario Bros. 1 and 3, Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, Super Mario RPG, and, somehow, Super Mario Kart.

Mudron explains that the map is “make sense of the evolving landscape of Princess Toadstool’s kingdom.” You can hang this piece in your home for $45.

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Ancient map of Hyrule by Bill Mudron (click for a massive version). Paying tribute to the The Legend of Zelda series, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last week, this map features all the areas and item/palace/dungeon locations from the The Adventure of Link and the original Famicom/NES game.
Mudron, whose name you should know from his Nintendo History System chapbook, is selling 24 x 36-inch versions of the map printed on archival premium matte stock for $40 each. Here are a couple close-ups of the poster:


You can grab the prints here.
Buy: The Legend of Zelda games
See also: More The Legend of Zelda posts
[Via Bill Mudron]

Ancient map of Hyrule by Bill Mudron (click for a massive version). Paying tribute to the The Legend of Zelda series, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last week, this map features all the areas and item/palace/dungeon locations from the The Adventure of Link and the original Famicom/NES game.

Mudron, whose name you should know from his Nintendo History System chapbook, is selling 24 x 36-inch versions of the map printed on archival premium matte stock for $40 each. Here are a couple close-ups of the poster:

You can grab the prints here.

Buy: The Legend of Zelda games

See also: More The Legend of Zelda posts

[Via Bill Mudron]

"NES Anniversary" by Nintendo History System author Bill Mudron (click for a larger image). Mudron posted this dandy doodle of a DS playing Nester, his bow-tied partner Howard Phillips, the Notorious R.O.B., and Nintendo of America founder Minoru Arakawa to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the NES’s stateside release.
Did you know the NES’s initial 1985 test launch in New York was considered a failure? Shortly after its debut, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, “Nintendo, a Japanese company that attempted to introduce a new video-game machine over Christmas, failed miserably, retailers say.”
It’s a good thing Nintendo went ahead with a wider NES release despite that problematic test launch!
Buy: Nintendo History System #1
See also: All our NES posts, Nintendo History System
[Via Bill Mudron, GDRI, Wgungfu]

"NES Anniversary" by Nintendo History System author Bill Mudron (click for a larger image). Mudron posted this dandy doodle of a DS playing Nester, his bow-tied partner Howard Phillips, the Notorious R.O.B., and Nintendo of America founder Minoru Arakawa to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the NES’s stateside release.

Did you know the NES’s initial 1985 test launch in New York was considered a failure? Shortly after its debut, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, “Nintendo, a Japanese company that attempted to introduce a new video-game machine over Christmas, failed miserably, retailers say.”

It’s a good thing Nintendo went ahead with a wider NES release despite that problematic test launch!

Buy: Nintendo History System #1

See also: All our NES posts, Nintendo History System

[Via Bill Mudron, GDRI, Wgungfu]

Bill Mudron’s excellent-looking Nintendo History System #1, a comic detailing the history of Nintendo from 1889-1970 (from the start of the company through the beginning of Gunpei Yokoi’s tenure as chief toy designer), is now available online in severely limited quantities.

If you want to learn through pretty pictures about the company’s pre-video-game workings, you might want to get over there now, before some jerk on a website tells everyone ab— oh.

[Update from Eric: Great. The damn thing is already sold out! WAY TO GO, JC.]

[Image via Fort90, who already has a copy and could be reading it right now like it’s no big deal OH GOD THE JEALOUSY]

Nintendo History System #1 chapbook (Prologue: 1889-1970). Artist Bill Mudron completed and printed the first issue of his Nintendo comic, and will start selling them tomorrow at the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland. He says he’ll list the issue online for non-Portlanders to buy in the next week or two. I’ll let you know once it’s up!

If you examine the pages closely, you’ll notice it begins with a scene about Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi, taking place right before his unexpected death. Also, one of the pages reveals that the next issue is dedicated to Yokoi and the birth of the Famicom.

See also: Nintendo History System #1 cover, Important moments & people in Nintendo history

[Via Bill Mudron]

Nintendo founder Fusajiro Yamauchi Game & Watch/Game Boy father Gunpei Yoko Nintendo ex-spokesman Howard Phillips Mario/Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov Former SCEI CEO Ken Kutaragi

Important moments (and people!) in Nintendo history drawn by Bill Mudron. Though I’m uncertain how accurate these depictions are, I still think they’re great, like Chris Kohler’s Power-Up chronicle but in comic form.

These scattered scenes are meant to serve as test panels for a 100-page (or so) graphic novel Mudron is working on about the history of Nintendo. He’s writing the book right now but hopes to start illustrating it soon. If all goes according to plan, he’ll self-publish the graphic novel’s first chapter this summer.

If you’ve never seen the artist’s video game-related work before, definitely check out his Flickr account. The Link, Haggleman, and Dead Mario pieces in particular are aces.

See also: Our birthday tribute to Gunpei Yokoi

[Via Bill Mudron]

"Hit Haggleman" by Bill Mudron.
On the topic of this endearing robot hero, there’s one detail I neglected to note about Benjamin White’s Robot Ninja Haggle Man button giveaway. If you already purchased a copy of Retro Game Challenge years ago, you can still buy a button (and other game-related cross-stitched crafts) for $5 plus shipping from his Etsy shop.
Buy: Retro Game Challenge ($27.99, free s/h)
Import: Game Center CX 2

"Hit Haggleman" by Bill Mudron.

On the topic of this endearing robot hero, there’s one detail I neglected to note about Benjamin White’s Robot Ninja Haggle Man button giveaway. If you already purchased a copy of Retro Game Challenge years ago, you can still buy a button (and other game-related cross-stitched crafts) for $5 plus shipping from his Etsy shop.

Buy: Retro Game Challenge ($27.99, free s/h)

Import: Game Center CX 2