Link Actually Sails on the Great Ocean in this Moving Wind Waker Model

Link Actually Sails on the Great Ocean in this Moving Wind Waker Model

Come sail away with Link. Set a course over the virgin sea.

Though 2002's The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker initially had a hard time finding love because of its cel-shaded graphics, it's gone on to become one of the most beloved entries in Nintendo's long-lived series. A complex automation constructed by a Chinese Wind Waker fan demonstrates people are as smitten by Link's voyage across the sea more than ever.

Over the weekend Geoff Keighley, the creator and host of the Video Game Awards, tweeted a video of a wooden model containing Link and the King of Red Lions on the Great Sea. The model is equipped with a crank that, when turned, causes the "water" to undulate. Link and his ship bob up and down accordingly, and seagulls even glide beside them.

The model is by "??hui??," whose name translates to "Wild Hui Uncle" according to Google. You can get a closer look at ??hui??'s work on his Weibo account (Weibo is a social media platform that's popular in China). You'll even see a close-up of the wooden gears that make the model move. It's fascinating stuff if you're a fan of unique art projects put together by fans of a particular game or series.

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker received an HD remake on the Wii U in 2013. Like many Wii U games, it didn't enjoy a huge audience thanks to the troubled system's relatively small user base. Tale as old as time. Wind Waker HD seems ripe for a Switch port, especially since it's obvious people still adore the game. We're just saying.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve,, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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