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.
Apparently a Nintendo super fan in China made this incredible The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker automaton. http://go.redirectingat.com?id=87431X1573192&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FDpEH3k1mYa pic.twitter.com/QQ9UdIwTwt— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) February 3, 2019
The model is by "野生hui叔叔," whose name translates to "Wild Hui Uncle" according to Google. You can get a closer look at 野生hui叔叔'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.