Fan remakes ghastly CD-i games Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon

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Compact Disc-Interactive (CD-i) was one of the early disc-based platforms to support video games, but in Nintendo circles, it’s mostly known for housing a series of bizarre non-canon Nintendo games developed by outside companies. Two of them include developer Animation Magic’s Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, which featured poor sidescrolling gameplay and infamously bad cinematics that later inspired memes. Now, bewilderingly, an amateur game developer named “Dopply” has remade the games for Windows and Linux using original assets.

As the developer explained on Twitter, Dopply has worked on this project for the past four years in Game Maker as a means of learning game development (and to “fulfill an in-joke between friends”). Others pitched in with various aspects of the development, but these Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon remakes are largely Dopply’s ugly baby.

In a FAQ, Dopply clarified some additional details, including that there are no plans to ever provide additional updates for the games; what you see is what you get. (There is also the hope that this commitment not to update will discourage Nintendo from bothering to issue a takedown.) These remakes offer a “re-balanced” gameplay experience though, ideally making them more palatable to a modern audience, if such a thing is possible.

If you ever had morbid curiosity over Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, these remakes might do the trick. Alas, the third CD-i Zelda title, Zelda’s Adventure, has been left out in the cold.

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John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!