Over 200 animators recreate the infamous Zelda CD-i cutscenes

200 animators recreate cutscenes zelda cd-i

The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo’s greatest franchises, arguably containing some of the most influential games of all time. And then there are the Philips CD-i games. These infamous games were the product of a failed relationship between Nintendo and Philips. The two had planned to release a CD-playing attachment for Super Nintendo, but the deal fell through. This left Philips with the rights to publish three spin-off Zelda games. Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon eventually became popular meme material on YouTube thanks to their hilariously bad cutscenes. Now, decades later, over 200 animators have teamed up to recreate those glorious Zelda CD-i cutscenes!

Zelda CD-i cutscenes recreated

Over 200 animators show off their styles

With over 200 animators working on this project, there are tons of unique styles. Throughout the video, I saw a Paper Mario aesthetic, a Minecraft-inspired look, claymation, puppets, 3D models, a flip-book, and even a parody of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts. The re-imagined Zelda CD-i cutscenes were also packed with references to more canon games, like Navi, a Breath of the Wild guardian, and the classic golden NES cartridges. You might even spot some Easter Eggs from other games, like Thousand-Year-Door and Undertale. After finishing the video, you can learn more about each animator by clicking here.

Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.