One of the most joyful moments of the year was back at E3 2017 when Ubisoft's Davide Soliani received a public shoutout from Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto for his work on Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. But Soliani's love of Nintendo goes way deeper as the creative director revealed that he and a coworker once pitched a Game Boy Advance version of The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker way back in 2003.
Long time ago, i guess it was the 2003, me and Fabio Pagetti (the artist who made the pixel art below) almost convinced our managing director to let us produce a demo for a GBA version of Wind Waker. No luck that time, but it was running nicely. We were dreamers pic.twitter.com/1LDseagMOp— Davide Soliani (@DavideSoliani) December 20, 2017
In a Twitter post, Soliani revealed a pixel art screenshot of his and Fabio Pagetti's mock-up of what Wind Waker could look like in the GBA. The image was from when Soliani attempted to get permission to build a demo of the game for the concept. Unfortunately the pitch to build the demo was shot down.
The Wind Waker series would later be revisited on the GBA with games like The Minish Cap, but from what it sounds like based on the Tweet, Soliani might have been pitching a full GBA version of the original Wind Waker game.
Since no playable demo ever came out of Soliani and Pagetti's idea, there's no secret build of this Wind Waker GBA game hidden somewhere in Italy. All we have is this mock-up and our dreams.