Mario + Rabbids Director Once Pitched a Game Boy Advance Demo of Wind Waker

Mario + Rabbids Director Once Pitched a Game Boy Advance Demo of Wind Waker

The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker...GBA Edition?

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.

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.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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